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We're five months into 2018 and Sydney's still delivering when it comes to all things boozy and delicious. The city's abuzz with new waterside hangouts, returning favourites and luxe small bars. Call the apple of your eye and make a dinner date, or round up your best foodie friends and get a reservation at one of these newbies.
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Just 20 metres from Automata, Clayton Wells' new diner doles out an all-day offering, from breakfast doughnuts to lamb shoulder and batched cocktails.
Hunters Hill's new all-day eatery from an ex-ARIA chef is serving up standout in-house meals and healthy lunches to-go.
The Central Coast's stunning bush restaurant and bakehouse.
Surry Hills' hole-in-the-wall cafe serving up Asahi-spiked meat pies and one of the city's best katsu sandos.
A ramen joint by day, an innovative izakaya by night.
Journey into the cosmos at Darlinghurst's new modern Thai eatery.
Merivale's latest pop-up is helmed by one of London's most influential chefs.
An underground CBD restaurant specialising in one cut of steak.
A pint-sized tapas bar serving up innovative snacks and $8 half-size cocktails.
Merivale's second Cantonese eatery boasts a 200-strong wine list and some of the best dumplings in the city and on the waters of Manly Cove.
Chatswood's stunning 180-seat restaurant pairs an elegant modern space with regional Chinese fare.
Melbourne's home of Korean fried chicken is now serving its goods to Sydneysiders.