Category Archives: Potts Point

New Hampton, Kings Cross

One of the newest venues to hit the Cross area (opened in April) is New Hampton, conveniently situated right next door to Harajuku Gyoza on Bayswater Road. From the street, it’s not obvious how big New Hampton actually is – it’s an enormous 450 person venue with two bars and a fine dining room area. There’s a few people hanging out at the bar when we arrive but contrasted with the large space makes it feel quite empty. We’re seated in the dining room tonight which isn’t much better (less than 10 diners in total), which sort of detracts from the atmosphere. But enough about that and onto the food!

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Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

If you ever get the chance to visit Harajuku in Tokyo, you’ll realise that it is known for its youthful culture, playful costumes and outfits, along with constant bustling crowds. The newly opened Harajuku Gyoza in Potts Point encapsulates this atmosphere perfectly. There’s a giant cartoon gyoza on the wall, Japanese Nintendo-like midi tunes playing in the background and staff screaming OSAKE WO HAIRIMASUUUU (pour the sake!) whenever someone orders the rice wine. Yep, this place is the closest thing you’ll find to an Izakaya Bar in Japan.

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The Californian at Santa Barbara, Potts Point

Bright neon lights are nothing out of the ordinary on the main street in Kings Cross, although you wouldn’t really expect a fantastic bar and restaurant at the top of the colourful staircase with random phrases in different languages emblazoned on each step leading up to Santa Barbara.  The old Piano Room venue under the famous Coke sign has been transformed into one of the Drink ‘n’ Dine group’s newest ventures (the team behind The Abercrombie, The Carrington and The Forresters) with their signature blend of eclectic themed decor and American fusion menu with some Asian and Mexican/Latin twists (think Korean Fried Chicken, kimchi and tacos).

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Concrete Blonde, Potts Point

This restaurant has now closed.

A stone’s throw away from all the chaos on the main strip of Kings Cross is the trendy bar and dining precinct on Bayswater Road, where Concrete Blonde is one of the newer restaurants on the block it shares with Hugo’s. Today we’re here for lazy Sunday afternoon cocktails with some fellow bloggers and a gourmet 3 course Modern Australian lunch ($48) to pad our stomachs with.

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The Fish Shop, Potts Point

The Fish Shop is yet another one of Merivale’s many eateries, this time located just a bit out of the CBD at Potts Point. I’m here on a Friday night and the vibe is pretty great filled with a mix of young adults, workers and groups of friends catching up. It’s packed full but not too busy that we can’t get a seat, and throughout the night they manage to maintain a full seated crowd without a line forming at the door.

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