Tapa Vino, Circular Quay

Tapa Vino is a hidden gem in Bulletin Place at Circular Quay – as its name suggests, it is a thriving tapas restaurant with an impressive array of sherry to boot.

It’s been packed every time we’ve been in and it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Our booking secured us a lovely table on the upper level, which isn’t as bustling as the walk-in bar area downstairs, but is perfect for a group of friends to enjoy a great meal.

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Toriciya, Cammeray

Nestled away from the main strip of Cammeray’s shops is a little Japanese eatery by the name of Toriciya. Although it’s off the beaten track, Toriciya seems to have built up quite a following, as the small space eventually gets packed out on a Wednesday night.

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Treehouse Hotel, North Sydney

Celebrating a friend’s milestone 25th birthday, we decided to go with somewhere classy but still friendly for a crowd. So we ended up at Treehouse on a Saturday night to find a wide variety of diners enjoying a meal, in contrast to the usual office worker crowd on weekdays.

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Ippudo Sydney, Westfield Sydney

I’ve heard heaps of good things about Ippudo - Yvn has previously been to the Sydney branch and my friends went when we were in Japan (albeit without me as I was laying sick in bed), and everyone has raved about how good it is. Unfortunately both times I’ve missed out as well which is a bummer! Thankfully I finally found the time to pay Ippudo Sydney a visit to see what all the hype was about.

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SoCal, Neutral Bay

SoCal has been open for less than a year but is already a hit with Sydneysiders all over. Nestled just off the busy Military Rd, Neutral, they bring to the area a southern Californian surf vibe and theme featuring lots of bite-sized eats (perfect for sharing!) and cocktails too. They’re owned by the same guys who opened The Botanist and the last time I visited SoCal, I absolutely loved their food! This time I’m visiting on a Tuesday as part of a food bloggers social event and it’s near packed out – pretty impressive for a weeknight.

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