We've enjoyed improving our culinary skills. Finding new ways to support the venues we love. But when the NSW government announced easing restrictions to see Sydney restaurants and bars reopening (most recently, to 50 people at a time), we couldn't deny our excitement. Post dining at home in sweats for three months, a wine poured by someone else sure feels like a novelty. But importantly, if you're ready to get back out there, this wind back of restrictions provides an opportunity to keep our favourite venues alive.
Things have changed, however. Social distancing is still required, meaning that some venues have had to change the way they do things, with ingenuity we admire. Below, we've compiled just a few of our favourite Sydney bars and restaurants you can experience (again) for yourself.
Our favourite sweaty disco is doing things a little differently with social distancing in mind. This week, Freda's launched Club Cafe - think table bookings, a new bar snack and drink menu. And, of course, DJs all night long.
The Paddington cult classic officially reopened on May 22, and announced new opening hours as of June 2. 10 William Street is now taking bookings, walk-ins (get in early) and takeaway orders for those who prefer to dine at home.
Alberto's lounge is back open for dinner, seven nights a week. With limited capacity in mind the restaurant's new booking slots are at 530pm, 730pm and 930pm.
As of Wednesday June 3, Hubert is back open for its regular A la Carte service. Bookings are available Wednesday to Saturday at 530pm, 730pm and 930pm - and are highly recommended.
Sounds especially good right now. The Darlinghurst restaurant (formerly part of the relocated Chacobar) is back open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Sunday. To keep your options open, a takeaway menu and DIY ramen is still available, too.
As restrictions have eased, the Surry Hills food and wine spot has introduced Petite Poly. As of June 1, Poly is welcoming more tables. And it's now open for Saturday lunches. Go to the website for how they're doing things currently.
Bondi's Cicciabella has been doing some of our favourite DIY-but-not-really pasta during isolation. But in the words of owner Maurice Terzini "It’s been good to all of us .... it’s put food on our tables ....paid bills....it was fun at times ....I have enjoyed it ... [but] deep down I say takeaway sucks." Needless to say, the minds behind Cicciabella are happy to be doing eat in again. They're taking walk ins and reservations, with a new menu to be announced June 10.
Image: 10 William St