Darlinghurst / Paddington Restaurants, Sydney

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    Spicy Life: Indian On Oxford St - 'Spicy Life'

    by leffe3 Written Mar 31, 2005

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    White walls, white linen, simple clean lines - modern design meets traditional Indian specialities with a slight twist.

    Without any pretentions, the emphasis is on the food, but at the same time knowing that it has to fit into the ambience of Sydney's Darlinghurst/Oxford St crowds. Not a sign, thankfully, of flocked wallpaper!!

    Favorite Dish: All that you would expect - menu divided into entrees and then chicken, lamb, beef, fish and vegetarian. Plenty to chose from and each dish has a 'hot' rating. Chicken and/or lamb are always my choice - the chicken was one of the softest I had tasted. My only (slight) criticism is that the definition of a 3 star 'hot' curry is much milder than mine. I don't like having the roof of my mouth burned off, but '3 star hot' in Spicy Life is little more than a mild medium to me..But still excellent and considering its location, pretty cheap.

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  • Arthurs Pizza: Best pizzas in the world

    by scsteven Updated Nov 3, 2004

    Arthurs Pizzas are located on Oxford Street in the Paddington area. I am not exactly a food carnoissuer but I can definately pick out a good pizza. This place is always ram packed and it is usual to head to one of the nearby pubs for a drink while you wait for a table to become available. You have to take your own drinks, this is a good touch because it makes the evening a little cheaper for the punter as well as leaving the pizza guys to devote all their time and energy to doing what they do best. The atmosphere in the place is great. The staff are literally running around trying and succeeding to keep the food flowing, and the sight and smells of the constant flow of pizza really gets your mouth watering.it is hard to recommend a good flavour because I always make my own pizza. My favourite is pepperoni, spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and peppers. It is absolutely out of this world. The price is around about the twenty dollar mark, making it good value for money as well.

    In Bondi To Fats serve up excellent food as do the hurricane bar across the road. Reservations for the hurricane bar in the summer are an absolute must.

    Favorite Dish: Mix and match all the way

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    Arthur's Pizzeria: Brash, Noisy but wholly worthwhile - 'Arthur's'

    by leffe3 Written Aug 25, 2004

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    Squeeze past the queues forming for take away or to grab the last table for arguably the best pizza in town. Its simple, its loud, its quick but totally worthwhile as the ultra thin crusted pizzas come with imaginative toppings which leave you wanting more.

    Try lamb sausage, spinach and pumpkin, or an incredibly tasty vegetarian. Size and price varies, from small (A$15) to the gi-normous 'family' (A$28). They also do good pasta dishes if pizza is not what you fancy. Added bonus is that its BYO, with a wine shop a couple of doors further along Oxford St.

    Favorite Dish: Excellent pizzas.

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    Una's Cafe: Victoria St - Una's

    by leffe3 Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    Open early to late, Una's is a place where you know you will have to queue for a table. The food is 'classic' cafe - big breakfasts, sandwiches, pastas, schnitzels, burgers etc - (officially its an Austrian restaurant) ie high on carbo-hydrates, low on subtlety, low on damage to your pocket. But they've got it right - the food is good, portions are huge and is excellent value for money. Plenty of on-street parking for the smokers, two double-windows open to the elements where you can sit and look out on to those that weren't as quick as you were in grabbing the last table.

    Favorite Dish: Carbohydrates -:)

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    Global Burger: Burgers from round the world - 'Global Burger'

    by leffe3 Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Simple, clean, fashionable - an upmarket, white formica bar serving fresh burgers and salads. BYO wine and beer.

    Favorite Dish: Superb burgers from around the world. Try a Wellington (lamb), Sydney (fish), New York (ground beef), Moroccan (chick pea vegetarian), Delhi (chicken tikka) - served with a mound of salads and on fresh ciabatta. Result - a burger about 10 inches high! Order a side portion of fries with choice of salt flavours and away you go.

    Great value and a great location near the junction of Darlinghurst and Victoria Rds, 2 minutes walk from King's X station.

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    Fish on Padd: Marinated Fish by the Weight - 'Fish On Padd'

    by leffe3 Written Nov 25, 2003

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    A glass counter greets you with approx 10 marinated fish dishes, alongside octopus, calamari and two or three plain fish steaks. Basic, simple furniture and a moreorless do-it-yourself eating experience.
    The fish (dependent on the catch of the day but may well be salmon, blue-eyed cod, barracuda etc and served in various fantastic marinades) is served and sold by the 100gram weight - so eat as much or as little as you want. BYO as well, no corkage charge (you open it yourself!) and 10% discount from the excellent bottle shop just across the road.

    Its not necessarily a place to linger, but a great place for an early dinner (they sell out very quickly once opened!) if you are wondering the galleries of Five Ways and Paddington.

    Favorite Dish: Fish! (but start with a plate of octopus marnated in honey and soy sauce!)

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    Morgan's: Victoria Street - 'Morgans'

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Victoria Street in Darlinghurst/King's Cross from Williams St (more closely identified with the Coke sign) through to Liverpool Rd is basically wall to wall restaurants, cafes and bars. Its one of the best places to hang out, night or day and certainly a place to people watch.

    One of my favourites (so far) is Morgans. Its on the pricey side but the quality is fantastic. As a result of the prices, can be suprisingly quiet in the evenings and so can be the place to go just for a glass of wine or coffee (like most places on this strip, they also have on-street parking for smokers) or that special occasion.

    Fairly minimalist decor on three levels - off-white walls, dimmed lights etc but very cosy and welcoming (and very friendly).

    Favorite Dish: Full breakfasts are best on the strip but have prices to match.
    Dinner is an excellent option with a fairly limited choice (thankfully) superbly presented, but, like the decor, erring towards minimalism. So don't expect the normal Aussie outsized portions! But the food is great and an excellent wine list by the bottle or the glass.

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  • Bills cafe or Bills 2 cafe: Bills cafe or Bills 2 cafe

    by tan_02 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Breakfast at Bills is an institution in Sydney. The eggs are meant to be the best in the world (according to London and NY times) and it is Jamie Oliver (aka the naked chef's) favorite breakfast in the world.

    Favorite Dish: Ricotta hotcakes with honey combe butter

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    EAT STREET: VICTORIA STREET,...

    by SydneyGal Written Aug 25, 2002

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    EAT STREET: VICTORIA STREET, DARLINGHURST.
    This street is tres cool. Not only that, there is great food to be found here as well, with about 20 restaurants to choose from. A great place for people watching and alfresco dining if weather permits!

    Favorite Dish: Any Modern Indian Dish from Oh Calcutta!, Mezze plate from Fez, Oysters and champagne from Morgans if feeling decadent.

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    Oh Calcutta - a modern Indian...

    by emerald125 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Oh Calcutta - a modern Indian that has won best Indian restaurant for the last 8 yrs running.
    Service is a little slow but the food is amazing.. there are about 5 main course and we have tried 3 of them. Ask to sit upstairs when booking, there is more room up there. This place is a little expensive but it really is worth it.

    Favorite Dish: Stir fried kangaroo with sesame seeds, chilli, garlic
    and lemon

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