Sydney’s best niche restaurants

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RESTAURANTS are downsizing, specializing in one or two issues and doing them effectively fairly than attempting to be being all the things to everybody. The newest is new eatery Bistecca, which opened this week at four Bridge St, Metropolis.

It solely serves one lower of beef — the T-bone or bistecca in Italian — together with a cicchetti menu, Venetian-style small snacks and sides for the steak.

Impressed by the eating places of Florence, co-owner James Bradey had the imaginative and prescient of selecting one factor and doing it to the perfect of his capability.

“When travelling with my spouse and daughter in Tuscany, we went to a restaurant that solely served bistecca and I believed, that is it,” he says. “It’s the perfect steak as a result of it’s cooked on the bone and also you get two cuts of meat on it — the fillet and sirloin.

“Meat all the time tastes higher when cooked on the bone. In order for you one thing a bit bit lighter, tender and fewer fatty you’ve the fillet and the sirloin is richer, filled with flavour and with extra chunk to it.”

In Italy, the meat is normally lower three fingers thick, cooked over charcoal and served blue, however Bradey is adapting his model to native palettes.

“When it’s cooked blue, the fats doesn’t break down, so we’ll prepare dinner it medium uncommon. The fats has sufficient time to interrupt down however it’s nonetheless moist and pink,” he says.

“We’ll lower it barely thinner too, a minimum of 40mm and 600g.

“We’re cooking it over an open fireplace utilizing charcoal as a warmth supply, with oak and hardwoods for flavour and olive branches for a little bit of smoke. It will likely be sealed on all 4 sides; bone, fats and open sides over a grill, then rested for a bit and completed within the oven.”

Bradey believes sticking to a single lower is specialising fairly than a gimmick.

“I’d fairly go someplace that does one factor extraordinarily effectively fairly than one the place the menu provides seafood, pizza, pad thai and a bowl of soup and attempting to tick each field,” he says.


362 Oxford St, Paddington

The one protein you’ll get right here is seafood, however for those who’re fortunate sufficient to dine on the day the barbecue broadbill is on the menu you gained’t miss meat. Served on the bone, it’s the seafood equal of a bistecca.


116 Surrey St, Metropolis

A buffalo mozzarella bar, specialising in creamy balls of buffalo mozzarella and burrata.


2/100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Each dish on the menu highlights native Australian components together with dessert lime, riberry (together with this dessert, left, with berries, yoghurt and riberry), macadamia and paperbark.


Varied places

The El Issa brothers, referred to as the Bearded Bakers, made their title out of a meals truck promoting just one factor — knafeh, utilizing mum’s recipe. The cheese and semolina dessert proved
so widespread they’ve opened a restaurant, Mechanic & Sons in Penrith, that includes dad’s recipes.


2/205 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

A tiny vegetarian pizza place by the blokes behind Two Chaps cafe. There are 5 or 6 ever-changing toppings on the sourdough bases, however a continuing is their tackle cheese pizza; washed rind, blue cheese, fior di latte, hazelnut and warrigal greens.


42 Market Pl, Manly

That is the place to go in case your favorite a part of the meal is the charcuterie board. The menu spans wild boar salame, culatello, Jamon iberico de bellota, Swiss gruyere and Epoisses.


2/four Faculty St, Metropolis

The menu is vegan, however it additionally follows a Buddhist cooking philosophy so the meals is free from onion, garlic, chives, leeks and spring onions. Yum cha is served at lunch and smaller Asian plates, comparable to betel leaves, at dinner.


Macquarie Centre, Macquarie Park

The one factor on the menu is palm-sized pastry puffs of heat custard and fuji apple. It opened two weeks in the past and is promoting out day by day; 2000 on weekdays and 4000 on weekends.

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