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10 restaurants for delicious flavours and a fun vibe

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Keen to try a new restaurant for a night out? Whether it’s a night out with the girls or date night with hubby, we’re spoilt for choice with so many amazing options! We share 10 fabulous new(ish) restaurants on the North Shore that serve up delicious flavours in a fun atmosphere. 


1. Street Market Asian Tapas Bar & Restaurant (Kirribilli & Crows Nest)

streetmarketStreet Market Asian Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Kirribilli and Crows Nest offers a superb variety of Asian tapas, freshly cooked and beautifully presented. Their signature steamed prawn and pork wontons and pan fried dumpling are the best wonton and dumpling in the town, and their skewers cooked over a charcoal fire are just so tasty and delicious.

  • Cuisine: Asian Tapas
  • Address: 12 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli and 116 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
  • Phone: 9922 3111 (Kirribilli) or 8540 5535 (Crows Nest)
  • Website: streetmarketasiantapas.com

2. The Rice Den (St Leonards)

ricedenThe Rice Den serves up modern Cantonese dishes in a contemporary setting. The focus is on farm-to-table ingredients spun into delicious reincarnations of dishes inspired by their homeland. These dishes are perfectly matched with their sommelier selected wines and unique Canton-inspired cocktails. It’s the perfect venue for any occasion, whether you’re having an intimate dinner for two or a boisterous family gathering.

  • Cuisine: Modern Cantonese
  • Address: Shop 1, 30-32 Chandos Street, St Leonards
  • Phone: 9438 3612
  • Website: thericeden.com.au

3. Borruso’s Pizza & Pasta (Northbridge)

borrusosBorruso’s is a vibrant, homely and family-friendly Italian restaurant in Northbridge, and is a great spot for a romantic meal or a fun family gathering. Borusso’s has strived to foster a culture of generosity and hospitality, which manifests in wonderful, caring staff; a warm and welcoming atmosphere; and an experience that delights. They focus on consistency and customer satisfaction, and always aim to have every diner leave their restaurant happy.

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Address: 1/65 Strathallen Ave, Northbridge
  • Phone: 9967 5706
  • Website: borrusos.com

4. The Dragonfly @ Eden Gardens (Macquarie Park)

edengardensSpecialising in delicious modern Australian cuisine, Eden Garden’s fully licensed restaurant The Dragonfly extends into the atmospheric garden surroundings. The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian options featuring fresh, seasonal produce.

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Address: 307 Lane Cove Road (corner Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park
  • Phone: 9491 9971
  • Website: edengardens.com.au

5. The Sawmill (West Pymble)

the-sawmillThe Sawmill is a rustic Italian eatery located in West Pymble. The menu features seasonal, fresh produce with an emphasis on simple Italian flavours. Wood fired pizza and house made pasta feature daily on the menu. Take away pizza is also available. Read the NSM Review.

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Address: 7 Duneba Avenue, West Pymble
  • Phone: 9498 6565
  • Website: thesawmill.com.au

6. Brasserie l’Entrecôte (Pymble)

brasserielentrecoteBrasserie l’Entrecôte takes a nod from the original “Le Relais de l’Entrecôte”, the famous one dish steakhouse that opened in 1959 in Porte Maillot, Paris. The concept is simple, an amazing quality Sirloin Steak, accompanied by the delicious secret sauce, crispy homemade french fries, a simple salad & a glass of wine. Nothing more, Nothing less…

7. Kipling’s Garage Bar (Turramurra)

kiplingsgaragebarKipling’s Garage Bar is housed in a 1920’s auto service garage. It features a chic industrial setting serving an elegant, rustic, honest ‘street food’ tapas menu that flicks your senses from classic, nostalgic flavours to new, inspired dishes by super-skilled Chef, Thiago Menezes. The casual neighbourhood spot offers an extensive wine list, tap beers & cocktails in a in a gorgeous indoor and outdoor space.

8. Café Patina (Wahroonga)

6x4 table platesThe former Coonanbarra Café has been reborn as Café Patina! The restaurant has been renovated and now features a contemporary design inside, focusing on simple colours and quality fittings, with a nod to the classic heritage style. And of course it still has it’s unique leafy outlook opposite Wahroonga Park. They strongly support local producers to bring the freshest ingredients from the paddock, garden and sea to your table.

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Address: 64 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
  • Phone:  9489 0980
  • Website: cafepatina.com.au

9. Shores (Hornsby)

img_0020_20Shores offers a variety of memorably unique spaces to enjoy their quality seafood, grill and vegetarian dishes, meet friends for drinks or simply pass time and enjoy a coffee. At Shores, there’s always a space to fit your mood, day or night. The restaurant is all about comfort, colour, sounds and great food & drinks – the best of ingredients for wonderful experiences and the fondest memories. Read the NSM Review.

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Address: Shop 3100-01, Restaurant Precinct, Westfield Hornsby, Hornsby (near the fountain)
  • Phone: 9987 0012
  • Website: shoresrestaurant.com.au

10. Zushi (Barangaroo)

zushiZushi is Sydney’s newest waterfront Japanese restaurant. Located on the Barangaroo waterfront, Zushi is a beautifully designed space featuring a sushi bar and a walk up bar space to enjoy a specialty sake cocktail while waiting to be seated. Zushi sources the freshest produce including organic where possible as well as the most sustainable fish, meats and free range chicken.


 For more eating out inspiration, check out our dedicated Cafes, Restaurants & Pubs section.

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