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What's new in Sydney - July 2023

Bar Morris Credit: Destination NSW

Bar Morris, Sydney

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What's new in Sydney - July 2023

Bar Morris Credit: Destination NSW

Bar Morris, Sydney

#feelnewsydney

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Sydney's dining scene continues to grow, with innovative venues opening every week – find bold Korean flavours in a wine bar, native ingredients at the Sydney Opera House and an exploration of the NSW coast. Plus read about Sydney’s brand new, underground arts and music festival.  

FOOD & DRINK 

Korean snacks and sips 

Crunch into cheesy-corn croquettes, sip on Korean rice wine and get excited about chestnut tiramisu for dessert. That’s the experience at Bar Soul, a stylish Surry Hills restaurant-wine-bar hybrid from Daero Lee and Illa Kim, the Soul Dining and Soul Deli team who’ve made mixing bold Korean and European flavours their signature.   

Native flavours at the Opera House 

Pre-colonisation, Tubowgule (also known as Bennelong Point) was a place for Aboriginal people to meet and feast. That legacy will be honoured at Midden, a harbourside restaurant run by celebrity chef and Bundjalung man Mark Olive. The restaurant, opening in the former Portside space at the Sydney Opera House this month, will give diners a taste of gum-smoked barramundi and quandong-glazed chicken stuffed with warrigal greens.   

Shore to plate 

Discover the diversity and depth of the NSW coast at Longshore, the new restaurant by Jarrod Walsh and Dorothy Lee, the team who ran beloved Newtown restaurant Hartsyard. Opening in the former Automata site in Chippendale, the restaurant is a luxe spot for after-work snacks or indulging in an innovative, seafood-forward set menu.  

Bagels on the street 

Next to a forest green and white trailer, with a soft, lox-filled bagel in one hand and a coffee in the other you could be in London, New York, Bondi or, now, Marrickville. This street-food opening is the latest from famous Bondi operators Lox in a Box. Currently it offers bagels, lox and coffee, but a breakfast menu is en route.  

Wine bar by wine makers  

Try a style of wine you’ve never had before – that’s the attitude winemaking father and son team Bob and Tom Colman want to foster at their Blue Mountains wine store and bar Frankie and Mo's. The cute Blackheath venue pours only organic and biodynamic wines, which they serve alongside a vegetable-focused menu of Mediterranean influenced bites.    

Blackheath, Blue Mountains Credit: Tyson Mayr

Man enjoying views of the sunset near Hanging Rock, Blackheath in the Blue Mountains National Park.

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Blackheath, Blue Mountains Credit: Tyson Mayr

Man enjoying views of the sunset near Hanging Rock, Blackheath in the Blue Mountains National Park.

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The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Credit: Destination NSW

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise

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The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Credit: Destination NSW

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise

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More pasta please 

When Lola Level 1 opened in Bondi, the remit was to explore the Mediterranean coast but now the team that gained fame for Italian dining at Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William St are going back to what they’re known for. The newly named restaurant Lola’s Italian Bar is now a homage to pasta, foosball (there’s a table next to the bar) and Italian wine. The sparkling water views remain unchanged.  

Old school Hong Kong done new 

A meal at Kowloon Cafe Eastwood is like being transported to Hong Kong – the food is just like the western-inspired fare at Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs (no-frill Hong Kong diners and tea houses) and, thanks to custom-built tram parts, the interiors riff on both the city’s iconic transport and its bright streetscape. The new opening is the third Kowloon Cafe, so expect to find their classic pineapple buns, Hong Kong style French toast and iced lemon teas.  

Brunch in New York 

Discover what a luxurious New York lunch looks like by joining Woodcut for their new brunch service. The $95 set menu at Barangaroo’s Crown Sydney hotel includes innovative dishes like a hemp seed fried-prawn sando and oven-baked eggs with za’atar. While you’re eating, a Champagne trolley roams the room offering bubbles with cassis or peach nectar.  

ACCOMMODATION 

Italian stay in the city 

Feel like you’ve been transported to a luxury Italian palace at Hotel Morris, an Art Deco, boutique hotel in Haymarket that’s part of Accor’s Handwritten Collection. During your stay, head to the hotel’s marble-topped bar at Bar Morris for a southern Italian breakfast, the pasta of the day or full-on feast followed by a cocktail and some funk and soul.  

EXPERIENCE 

Loud underground 

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ underground tank gallery space will be flooded with noise this September as it hosts Volume, a music, art and film festival headlined by Solange. The festival will bring in trailblazing artists like Sampa the Great, Mount Eeire and Sonya Holowell, as well as international artists, filmmakers and multidisciplinary performers.  

A new look at contemporary art 

Discover an unexplored side to some of the most significant Australian artists’ works at the Museum of Contemporary Art from June 16, as the galleries’ Artists in Focus program presents works from the permanent collection in single dedicated galleries. See Aboriginal bark paintings plus the works of Joan Brassil, Tracey Moffatt and more.  

Bar Morris Credit: Destination NSW

Interior of Bar Morris, Sydney.

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Bar Morris Credit: Destination NSW

Interior of Bar Morris, Sydney.

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MCA Collection: Artists in Focus Credit: Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mordant Family, 2013, image courtesy and c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t the artist, photograph: Jessica Maurer

Tracey Moffatt, First Jobs, Pineapple Cannery 1978, 2008

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MCA Collection: Artists in Focus Credit: Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mordant Family, 2013, image courtesy and c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t the artist, photograph: Jessica Maurer

Tracey Moffatt, First Jobs, Pineapple Cannery 1978, 2008

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