These are the cult favourites that you can be sure to rely on when you’re not sure what to order. When you simply can’t handle another bout of food disappointment. When you crave something flavourful, something chaotic for your taste buds, something that will linger on your lips and mind.
These meals wouldn’t dare leave the menu. In fact, these dishes simply aren’t going anywhere… except to the top of your culinary bucket list
1.Stokehouse Q‘s Bombe
Invented years ago, this sweet standout is as iconic as Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, Miranda Kerr’s dimples or Katie Holmes’ crooked smile. Frozen white chocolate parfait, strawberries and toasted meringue have proven to be a match made in heaven.
2. Denim Co.‘s Italian Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
If this cheeky drink was a person, he/she would be Insta famous. These layers of peanut butter and molten chocolate are cheeky, photogenic and highly addictive. Don’t belive us? See for yourself.
3. Gandhi‘s Butter Chicken
Do we REALLY need to convince you to eat butter chicken? We didn’t think so. Gandhi’s take on this classic dish is like receiving a hug from the Indian grandmother you never had.
4. Bourbon Street‘s Gumbo
Cancel your trip to New Orleans. It’s simply not worth the travel time! Especially when considering Bourbon Street has totally nailed this soulful dish of the South. A stew made of pulled chicken, pork sausage, bacon, rice peppers, onions, tomatoes and a blend of Creole spices and seasonings.
5. Ole‘s ‘De Marisco’ Paella
A shallow but wide pan of prawns, squid, mussels, clams and saffron rice. You order this dish because you know for a fact that you won’t be able to re-create it at home with success. Unless your name is Alejandro… or Diego… or Lucia. Perhaps also Fernanda.
6.The Manhattan Line‘s NYC hot dog
With each bite, you can almost picture yourself in the Big Apple: bright lights, skyscrapers, the sound of your feet hitting the pavement, people pushing past you while the voice of Carrie Bradshaw encourages you on your way. The thing is, the most exhilarating part is the price: this Manhattan Line classic sets you back just $8. Pass the ketchup!
7. Next Door Kitchen and Bar‘s ENTIRE Cocktail List
Yes, we know. This may not help your thirsty, indecisive girlfriend make her choice. The silver lining is that you can blindfold her and ask her to point to a random spot on the long cocktail list. Wherever her finger lands is what the lady will have. You can be sure of one thing: the bartenders at Next Door are really THAT good.
8. MySweetopia‘s Cupcakes
We think perhaps the name gives it away. The team puts the SWEET in MySweetopia with their delicious array of freshly baked cupcakes. What they are not giving away is how they get pipe their icing piped to perfection every time.
9. Brooklyn Depot‘s Depot Burger
Don’t wear white, because things are gonna get messy. Two grass fed beef patties stacked with double American cheese, hickory smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, oak leaf lettuce, fresh tomato and a whole lotta Depot special sauce.
10. Zeus‘ Loukoumades
Paniyiri may be over but the honey puff party lives on. These Greek doughnuts are smothered in honey, cinnamon and walnuts. Or hazelnut chocolate and walnuts, if that’s what you’re into.
11. The Charming Squire‘s Banoffee Pie
It’s Banoffee Pie, but not as you know it. Banana, coeur a la creme, cinnamon crumble and caramel are deconstructed. Each element is perfectly plated. You’ll be salivating when it arrives before you. Okay, fine. We admit it. We’ve been watching too much MasterChef.
12. South Bank Surf Club‘s Seafood Chicken Parmy
Streets Beach in the background, a schnitty in the forefront and a Corona to wash it all down. Let us know if you come up with a better – or more Australian – way to spend an arvo.
13. Popolo‘s Picnics
If you and your squad haven’t attended a Popolo picnic, what have you been doing?! Crack open this basket of antipasto, arancini and pizza at the River Quay Green on a Sunday afternoon while listening to the sweet sweet tunes of Sunday Sessions on the Green.
14. Espresso Garage‘s Avocado on Toast
Bernard Salt has been proven wrong: avocado on toast is NOT the reason millenials are struggling to enter the property market. In fact, the good people at Espresso Garage serve their Turkish toast with half an avo AND tomato relish for less than $10. It’s sure to make Salt… well… salty.
15. Mister Paganini‘s Prosciutto Pizza
Pizza = love. Especially when wood fired, topped with tomato, prosciutto, smoked mozzarella and rocket.
16. Viet de Lites‘s Coconut Pumpkin
We’re definitely not vegan however we could be if it meant we can eat this dish all day every day. The best part about this dish is its simplicity. Just four ingredients are needed, so you should read this recipe and try making it at home!
17. Ahmet’s Lamb Dumplings
Ahmet’s menu boasts bold flavours and big banquets, so it’s possible your eyes might have skipped over this traditional dish. Served with paprika butter and garlic yogurt sauce, we think these dumplings are comfort food at its finest.
18. Aquitaine‘s steak frites
We’re not sure what we like more: steak or fries. Fortunately, we don’t have to choose. A 200g wagyu rump is cooked to your liking and accompanied with garlic butter, house cut chips and watercress. Yet again, France proves simple is best.
19. Baba Ganouj‘s Mixed Mezza Platter
There’s something so lovely about a family owned business, don’t you think? Head to Baba Ganouj’s new digs on Little Stanley Street and order this platter. Choose five mezza items to be served with hummus, tabouli and their famous, freshly made saj bread.
20. Mister Fitz’s Signature Ice Cream Sandwich
If you like taking pictures of your food, this dish should be front of mind and top of list. “Overboard” simply isn’t a word in the Mister Fitz dictionary.