Despite the colder weather inclining us to stay indoors, Sydney’s restaurateurs have been busy diversifying our dining options this winter. I recently popped into Walsh Bay’s Lotus Dumpling Bar for a steamer basket of prawn dumplings and scallop shumai, only to hear they’re kicking things up to the next level with Lotus Galeries opening this week in the heart of the CBD. With hip designers DS17 in control, it’s sure to look the part – think stripped back, raw and textured with a white-on-blue ceramics colour palette.
Double Bay’s Stockroom have also come to the winter dining party by introducing a new grill concept on the robata. Of course, to fully experience this seasonal menu of fresh seafood, artisan meats and seasonal vegetables cooked robata-style you’d need to stay; and their ‘Indulgent Delicacies’ package ($550/room, dinner and wine) is the way to do it between now and 30 September.
Too pricy? Okay, head into Potts Point for a smaller bite of the good life, in the form of a decadent lobster roll. Newcomer Waterman’s Lobster Co. is dishing ‘em up Connecticut or Maine-style for under twenty bucks.
And last, but by no means least, Darlinghurst’s iconic Lucio Pizzeria has opened up a new (larger) outlet in Zetland complete with a mozzarella bar. I’ll be heading in there later this month to check it out…