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The 5 Best Restaurants in Darlinghurst (Sydney) to Visit in 2022

By Kanebridge News
Mon, Jan 24, 2022Grey Clock 5 min

Darlinghurst offers a big variety of restaurant options, from fine dining to cheap and cheerful.   The list below offers a section of high-end Thai (Soi 25) , elegant Japanese (Gaku Roberta), Modern Australian (Farmhouse), Modern Indian (Malabar) and drinks, dancing and food (Eros). 

Have a look at our recommendations. We’ve tried to find something excellent for all tastes. 


Soi 25  Thai Restaurant and Bar 

Soi 25  Thai Restaurant and Bar 

High – end Thai restaurant located in the heart of Darlinghurst, Soi 25 has an elegant fitout, perfect for dates, friends, family or business and is located less than a 5-minute walk from the Coca Cola sign.    

Soi 25 Restaurant and Bar serves delicious modern and beautifully presented Thai dishes inspired by Thai street food classics.  The focus is on using fresh ingredients to deliver the bold and adventurous flavours of Thailand to its patrons. 

 The menu has been specially created by the talented Head Chef Ken Pongsakorn who has more than 15 years of experience working with renowned Thai restaurants across Sydney.  

Ken has developed a contemporary take on Thai food and prides himself on showcasing the authentic taste of Thailand using a fusion of traditional and modern cooking techniques. 

Recent specials have included Hokkaido Seared Chilli Scallop (seared Japanese scallop with crispy salmon skin, black caviar and watermelon dressed with chilli, lime, garlic and coriander sauce), Crispy Whole Snapper (Deep fried whole snapper, fillet into bite sizes topped with mango salad and cashew nuts ), Crab Thick Soup (Crab meat, coconut cream  with soya bean paste and tamarind sauce) and the Tom Yum Seafood Hotpot  (Classic Thai spicy soup infused with chilli jam, galangal, lemongrass, eschalot, lime,   kaffir lime leaf, fish sauce, coriander, mushroom and tomato served in a hotpot )  

The banquet menu is excellent value, a generous selection of dishes with dessert.  The desserts here are particularly good and should not be missed.  

Fully licensed 

Bookings strongly advised but you can get lucky on the day. 




296-300 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 


02 93681620 



Farmhouse House Restaurant 

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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. 

Bookings essential 



4/40 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, 2011 


0448 413 791


Malabar South Indian Restaurant 

  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 


9332 1755 


Bookings strongly advised, but you can get lucky on the day. 


Gaku Roberta Grill 

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





A mix of restaurant or nightclub.  If you want food and drink in a fun Greek island atmosphere—this is your spot.  

Eros is a new offering from Ussi Moniz Da Silva, the restaurateur behind Meu Jardim, a CBD high end eatery and Double Bay’s Sinaloa.  

Eros Sydney transports you to the Mediterranean Sea, a Greek island taverna nestled in the heart of Sydney. Featuring authentic Greek street food and a casual stand up share dining concept, seasonal produce and mouth-watering cocktails. Step foot in on the cobble stones of old town Mykonos while listening to some of Sydney hottest DJs while they set the tone for your night. 




32 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 2011 


0431 788 738  

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Criteria to select this list included:  

  • Tasty food, nice space, good service.  
  • Well priced  
  • There is something memorable about it.  

Kanebridge news did not receive anything of value from any of the restaurants included on this list. 



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