Darlinghurst offers a big variety of restaurant options, from fine dining to cheap and cheerful. The list below offers a section of high-end Italian (Fermento) , elegant Japanese (Gaku Roberta), Modern Australian (Farmhouse), Modern Indian (Malabar) and drinks, dancing and food (Sonora).
Have a look at our recommendations. We’ve tried to find something excellent for all tastes.
If you are looking for a charming Italian neighbourhood spot with top quality menu you have found it with Fermento.
Small restaurant with a diverse menu not your typical Italian. All choices sampled so far have been excellent including meat, pasta, and fish. And the Pizza—superb! Service is perfect, friendly greet at door, tables small be well spaced so not squashy or too loud.
Menu is wide ranging and supplemented with regular specials. Wine list is very good.
You leave happy and full—prices reasonable too.
Farmhouse House Restaurant
At Farmhouse everything is kept simple.
Farmhouse offers a single four course set menu for everyone. However, if you make arrangements prior special dishes can be created and offered to suit requirements. The menu completely changes every 4 weeks.
There are two seatings per night either 6:00pm to 815PM or 8:30PM onwards from Thursday to Saturday. On Sundays there is a 2pm lunch and a 6:30pm dinner.
There is one communal table inside and 5 or 6 small outdoor tables. The communal table is large and easy to share space between groups
The food is made of fresh seasonal ingredients and is served with style on rustic tables and tableware.
Recent menus have included Hervey Bay Scallops, 10-day dry aged Cowra Lamp Rump and potato gratin, Nduja (spicy, spreadable pork sausage from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy., bitter leaves and herbs, and dessert of Kalamansi, Hazelnut, White Chocolate, Pistachio and Cacao. Yum.
A night out at Farmhouse is perfect for 2 people or groups –after arrival the only decision to be made is what to drink.
Farmhouse is fully licensed; wine list is all French and Australian with no BYO.
Farmhouse is located on the lower and quiet end of Bayswater Road, in a small store front.
4/40 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, 2011
0448 413 791
Malabar South Indian Restaurant
Malabar Darlinghurst Restaurant opened its doors in 2003. Featuring floor to ceiling murals of vintage India, solid timber chairs and a cuisine filled with healthy fresh traditional choices, Malabar pays homage to its South Indian heritage. The sharing style menu features a selection of South Indian specialities such as Barramundi Varuval, Dosai and the signature Goan Fish Curry.
The restaurant seats approximately 100 people, and the carpet and table placement makes the experience not too loud. Malabar offers a range of dining options from large group tables, through to intimate tables for two and takeaway.
Located within an easy 2 min walk of Coca-Cola sign, it is perfectly placed for a quick lunch, a feast dinner, large celebratory events and family get-togethers.
274 Victoria St., Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Bookings strongly advised, but you can get lucky on the day.
Gaku Roberta Grill
Owner chef Haru and Shimon are making dishes with fancy ingredients and a mixture of Japanese and French cuisine techniques.
Gaku Roberta is a small and very elegant Japanese restaurant, beautiful traditional Japanese interior. Chefs work away behind the counter in the middle.
Gaku Roberta is open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is limited to a range of Ramen, (only 40 or so serves are available each day and usually sold out). The range usually includes rich umami Chicken Tonkotsu; Duck Yuzu and Asari Soy but subject to change on the day.
The dinner menu offers an extensive range of gorgeous grilled meat and vegetable offerings. Each dish is beautifully presented, and each has been terrific (in our opinion). Gaku Roberta also offers extensive sushi, sashimi and rolls.
A small spot with limited seating, bookings essential.
2/132 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9380 2145 / 0426 229 254
Sonora is a high-end Mexican restaurant and mezcal bar inspired by the cuisine of Sonora, Mexico.
Mexican food is so much more than tacos and margaritas – although Sonora’s version of these is truly excellent. Anchored by an open kitchen, and boasting a slick modern interior, Sonora delivers a full range of Mexican cuisine and drinks in an elegant atmosphere.
Sonora’s menu has options ranging from swordfish to lamb shoulder, all the way to vegan options.
Great fun, great food, good night out.
37 Bayswater Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Criteria to select this list included:
- Tasty food, nice space, good service.
- Well priced
- There is something memorable about it.
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Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’
Outdoor furniture is not what it used to be. Long gone are the rickety timber settings and faded plastic chairs. Thanks to innovations in surface development, outdoor furniture and fabrics can now be hard to distinguish from their indoor counterparts. Water, UV and mould resistant, they have been engineered to withstand weather conditions while still maintaining their good looks. With summer almost here, we’ve assembled our best 10 outdoor furniture retailers to ensure that when the sun comes out, you’re ready to enjoy your own great outdoors.
Susan and Gordon Tait started their outdoor furniture business in 1992 with a commitment to Australian designed and made outdoor furniture created to withstand local conditions. Thirty years later, they have an enviable reputation for sustainability, offsetting 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide and diverting almost a tonne of soft plastic from landfill each year, as well as continuing to manufacture out of Melbourne. Oh, and their ranges of steel and timber chairs, tables, benches and accessories have a timeless beauty and durability that makes them incredibly desirable.
Another business committed to sustainable practices, Mamagreen furniture is manufactured using materials that are either recycled or can be recycled. More than 90 percent of the teak Mamagreen uses is sourced from old buildings, with the remaining timber from managed plantations. If you’re looking for that resort feel at home, this is the place to go. In fact, their products can be found in hotels around Australia. We love the circular Begonia lounge, which is perfect for hosting friends while, for shade, you can’t go past the flexible Sombrero shade.
This Australian business headed up by Anthony Spon-Smith has been making great strides with its outdoor furniture ranges in recent years. Perhaps more than any other of the leading brands, the outdoor furniture looks and feels like the indoor equivalent, with upholstered seating (designed to get wet and dry off quickly) and chunky timber or stone-look tables and pedestals. Taking inspo from Mediterranean resorts like the French or Italian Riveras, this is one brand worth staying home for.
Founded in 2008 on an ethos of Live Life Well, Cosh Living offers a comprehensive range of products for outdoor use, from pots, tables and chairs, through to outdoor lighting, rugs, daybeds and more. With leading brands such as Manutti, Tribu, Dedon and Coast at their disposal, the look is one of relaxed sophistication, whether it’s a bean bag poolside or an oversized sofa on the deck. With such an extensive range of products, this is one company where a visit to the showroom is useful, to help coordinate your look.
Equally well known for their range of outdoor building supplies such as pavers, walling and pool surfaces, Eco Outdoor’s selection of outdoor furniture is just as popular, thanks to its focus on European styling and durability. Specifically designed for outdoor living, there’s everything from outdoor dining tables and chairs in teak, wicker or aluminium through to lounges, beanbags and umbrellas. With showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, you can drop in and assess the quality for yourself.
Whatever you need to furnish your outdoor space, chances are Satara has it. From lounge chairs and barstools to outdoor rugs and pot stands, this retailer has everything you need to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor space. With showrooms in most capital cities, you can experience the quality for yourself before making a final purchase. Designs range from classic Australian style through to contemporary Euro.
If it’s flexible outdoor furniture with modern lines you’re after, check out the range of sofas, coffee tables and dining suites from GlobeWest. Materials range from teak and aluminium to woven resin and ceramic in contemporary styles suited to a variety of architectural styles. Available direct to trade, the website also has an easy stockist search option to locate your nearest retailer.
There’s a reason why this legendary outdoor furniture supplier has been in business for more than 40 years. Known for its classic, durable outdoor furniture, Cotswold has longstanding associations with brands such as Vincent Sheppard and Fast Outdoor Lifestyle, as well as Cotswold Teak. While their loyal client base loves the classics, including Lloyd Loom and teak Adirondack chairs, this company has continued to evolve and innovate with contemporary ranges designed to stand the test of time.
It’s hard to go past Ikea for knockabout, versatile outdoor furniture that retains a sense of style. If you have an outdoor space to fill, chances are Ikea has the chair, lounge, outdoor table or accessories to fill it. We particularly love the classic moulded frame of the Skarpo chair (pictured) but could be persuaded by the highback woven Hogsten chair. For smaller spaces, the Torparo is a great shelf or mini table you can attach to the railing or fence.
This largely online furniture retailer initially sought to provide adaptable, compact furniture for the apartment market in Singapore. As it turns out, it’s a great fit for the Australian market too, as backyards and balcony spaces decrease in size. The range of dining and lounge suites is classic, with slimline armrests and legs. Colours are limited to greys and beiges but could easily be brightened up with accent cushions if that’s your style.
How do I choose the right outdoor dining setting for me?
While many of the same principles apply whether you’re dining indoors or out, the big difference is the weather. Outdoor furniture can take a beating if it is exposed to UV and rain for extended periods of time, so your choice will depend on whether your furniture will at least have some covering or will most likely be completely in the elements. Aluminium furniture can be a great option because it is lightweight and easy to move around, while teak ages to silver grey when left in the sun. If space is a factor, folding or stackable chairs can be useful.
What’s the difference between indoor lounge cushions and the ones on outdoor lounges?
Outdoor cushions are specially designed for the weather conditions, with quick dry foam inserts to allow water to drain away relatively fast. They’re also covered with UV, water and mould resistant fabrics specified for outdoor use. Sunbrella is the market leader for outdoor fabrics in Australia and uses solution dyed acrylic to create fabrics that are almost indiscernible from their indoor equivalents. Interior designers have been known to specify high quality outdoor fabrics for use in high traffic indoor spaces, such as family and rumpus rooms.
I have an outdoor space I want to furnish. Should I choose a lounge suite or a dining setting?
It’s really a lifestyle decision here. If you enjoy entertaining friends regularly, a dining setting might be the most useful option. In some homes, outdoor dining might also provide a bit more room to move, making it a great option for hosting bigger groups. However, if you already have an indoor dining setting facing onto the outdoor space, there’s not much point doubling up. An outdoor lounge can create a flexible space for casual relaxation, or somewhere to sit to enjoy coffee or drinks with friends before or after dinner.
Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’