Swine & Co, Wynyard

Swine & Co has taken over the old Bavarian Bier Café site on O’Connell Street, glamming things up with a more luxe fit out than its predecessor, although the structural bones of the restaurant have stayed the same. As befits its name, the focus of its menu is pork, pork and more pork in all shapes and forms.

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Onyx Lounge, Newtown

Nestled right above Newtown station and just around the corner from Cuckoo Callay is Onyx Lounge, a relatively new bar/restaurant with an impressive drinks and food menu. The front entrance doesn’t reveal much other than just a door next to a concealed window behind some curtains, but once you head upstairs you’ll find a spacious dining area that is certainly unexpected from the entrance.

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Cuckoo Callay, Newtown

It’s safe to say that cafes at train stations are fairly average and unremarkable most of the time, but Newtown station isn’t your average station with its revamped concourse which is home to the funky Cuckoo Callay cafe. The Alice in Wonderland inspired name gives you an idea of the vibrant and quirky decor you can expect inside, with a bustling front counter area for takeaways and snacks, and a cosy, brightly coloured dining area further in.

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Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, Sydney

Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining is a hidden underground bar/restaurant near the Martin Place area. Situated in the space previously occupied by Bar Europa, they’ve been open for about a year and a half now and have already made a name for themselves serving up tasty meals (check out their wagyu beef burger!) and drinks. I’ve been a couple of times before but this time we’re trying out a pilot of their ‘Cocktail Concepts & Culinary Craze’ – a monthly event that will showcase unique cooking techniques and molecular mixology.

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Trio Cafe, Bondi Beach

For an easy, breezy brunch with a view of the iconic Bondi Beach, it’s hard to go past Trio Cafe. The fact that you need to book at least a week in advance is a testament to its successful formula of friendly service, an extensive and interesting brunch menu and location, location, location.

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