Spoil dad this Father’s Day by shouting him lunch at one of these top Sydney lunch spots.
Up your game from the standard socks and ties gift on Father’s Day and serve him something extra special, instead. Literally. Sydney has more than its fair share of culinary spots for everything from a relaxing coffee catchup to an extravagant long lunch. The catch? You need to book early - or you really might have to settle for getting him socks and ties.
On the prowl for some of the best grub to sate your dad’s meat-loving cravings? Look no further than Hurricane’s. The steakhouse is renowned Sydney-wide for serving up high quality steaks and ribs, so if you haven’t taken him for a visit yet, here’s your chance.
Expect weekend breakfasts (available until midday) and Sunday roasts (available after midday) to be flying off the tables at North Bondi RSL on Father’s Day. Make sure one of them has your dad’s name on it.
Meat eaters and sweet-toothed fathers need only apply at Lox Stock and Barrel. This deli diner is the sister to Bondi’s Brown Sugar cafe and sports a humble lunch menu featuring smoked turkey and homemade brisket pastrami sandwiches. Finish that off with a sweet bagel from the all-day baked goods section and dad will be grinning from ear to ear.
For fathers who like healthy and clean eats, Three Blue Ducks will hit the spot. Located on the hill overlooking Bronte Beach, its lunch menu uses locally-produced and seasonally-driven ingredients and includes poached ocean jacket with an Asian bone broth, steamed mussels with coconut sambal and braised beef cheek.
Father's Day 'Guy Tea' at Sir Stamford, Circular Quay
Do you usually take your mum out for high tea on Mother's Day? This year you can do the same for Dad on Father's Day! The gang at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay are hosting a 'Guy Tea' experience on 4 September. For $59 per person, you'll get a mixture of Dad-friendly delights including Sydney rock oysters, pulled pork sliders, spiced lamb cutlet and slow-cooked Wagyu on olive toast - plus a whiskey tasting flight or Peroni each.
The Meat and Wine Co., Darling Harbour/Circular Quay
Meat and Wine Co. has two Sydney restaurants (Circular Quay and Darling Harbour) and is a true people pleaser. Not only does it live up to its namesake with steak and wine offers aplenty, but its menu extends to seafood, chicken, kangaroo and vegetarian options, too.
Circular Quay: Shop 12, Lobby, InterContinental Sydney 117 Macquarie Street Website: The Meat and Wine Co
Kobe Jones, The Rocks
Spoil him with a 10-dish degustation from one of the masters in Japanese teppanyaki, Kobe Jones. This menu includes a flaming number one special, Alaskan crab and lobster tail and Master Kobe wagyu AA6+ (as an upgrade option). Pick that jaw off the floor!
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you’re planning for dad today, Bills is a contender for all. It's a worldwide name slathered in fresh quality eats ranging from salads and sandwiches to lunchtime hotcakes and eggs. Our tip? Leave room for one of Bill’s daily baked cakes for dessert. You/he won’t regret it.
Spoil dad this year at Merivale’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant and you’ll not only get access to its delectable 60-dish strong menu and yum cha offerings, but we think it’s fair to say you’ll also win the ‘favourite child’ award for the entire YEAR. Yum cha is available from 10:30am–12:00pm and lunch from 12:00–3:00pm on Father’s Day.
Take a page out of chef Jamie Oliver’s book and whip up an Italian feast for your papa on Father’s Day. Failing that, you can get his crew to whip one up for you at his flagship Sydney restaurant in the CBD. Bon appetito!
A Merivale favourite that sits on the doorstep of Manly Wharf is Papi Chulo. Although a stickler for good smoked meats and tender cuts, this restaurant doesn’t shy away from fresh seafood, either. Start with some smoked hot wings and work your way up to something off the Papi Chulo smoked grill. Cooked low and slow, just the way ‘papi’ likes it.
Your award-winning dad deserves to be taken to an award-winning restaurant on his day. Out of Africa is a Moroccan taste sensation that received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and boasts a shop of Moroccan ingredients which means that you can take care of lunch AND a little gift for him, too.
Need to make up for a couple of sub-par Father’s Days? Public Dining Room will make him forgive and forget. Self proclaimed as casual fine dining in a relaxed luxurious space, Public Dining Room exudes Scandinavian style and modern-Australian fare and overlooks Manly and North Head. The a la carte menu hosts mains of glazed corn fed confit duck leg and ‘melting’ Huon Valley Tasmanian salmon though if this is a small party, we suggest you opt for the 6-hour slow braised lamb shoulder for two.
Stop salivating and start booking your place inside Mosman’s burger palace a.k.a. The Burger Shed. Open from 11:30am on Sundays, it prides itself in using only local produce, sourcing meat from grass fed cows and serving Angus or full-blood Wagyu beef. You don’t have to sell dad on this one.
Treat dad to a pint of one of the North Shore’s finest at 4 Pines. At this local microbrewery, you can chow down on quality pub grub ala fish and chips, veal schnitzel, pork belly and more, and wash it down with one of eight handcrafted beauties made on the premises. Sundays are a special treat with live jazz, rhythm and blues playing all day.
Spice things up at one of Newtown’s best-kept Indian secrets, Delhi O Delhi. Tucked away behind Newtown station, it’s an Australian Good Food Guide hatted restaurant that breathes authentic Indian flavours in each of its dishes. All lamb and chicken is free range and halal and all fish is market fresh and sustainably captured. Capture the essence of India today by taking dad on a night out on the (new)town. It’s open for dinner only, but we still felt it was worthy to appear on this top Father’s Day fodder list.
Part of Carriageworks, The Cornerstone is a pizza bar/share plate destination that looks a million bucks but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Kick back with a freshly brewed coffee over lunch or brunch and consider your relaxing Father’s Day meal sorted.
Serving a comprehensive list of local and imported beers, The Henson is a much-loved family bar in the heart of Marrickville. Highlights include a kids’ rumpus room, complete with ball pit) and a sunny courtyard where you can while the day away with your family.
There’s a huge culture of microbreweries in the Inner West and one of its leaders is Young Henrys. On weekends, the boys keep the liquid gold flowing in the attached bar from midday to 7pm. Try a flight to discover dad’s new favourite swill. While the brewery bar doesn’t serve food, there’s always a food truck around to keep you and dad well sated. Here’s to casual lunches with dad.
One of the newest kids in the Inner West, The General Eatery is already creating a buzz on the back of its communal-style fit out and Single Origin Roaster coffee. Seasonal share plates are what you’ll be getting on Father’s Day, as well as personally chosen whiskeys. For dad’s who like to start early, naturally.
Honestly, can you go wrong with Ribs & Rumps on Father’s Day. You’re practically guaranteed that ‘favourite child of the day’ award and dad will be smiling from ear to ear and licking his fingers until kingdom come after savouring the juicy steaks and sticky ribs on this tried and tested menu.
The Parramatta branch of the Walsh Bay outfit is just as beautiful and delectable as its flagship. Offering a full lunch menu or banquet package of Lebanese cuisine, bring the whole brood to the table to sup and catch up. It’s closed for private functions on Sundays, but Saturday lunch is never a bad thing, right?
The famous pastry cafe took up residence in Parramatta earlier this year and has not looked back. You won’t either when you take dad to this beautiful respite for brunch and coffee. We won’t need to tell you twice that the pies are to die for, so make sure he it’s on his order. So you can steal a bit, right? #sorrynotsorry
Address: Shop 16/162-172 Church Street, Parramatta
I’m not even going to try and convince you to take dad to El Jannah’s on Father’s Day. I don’t need to, honestly. It’s an institution to anyone in the West and is only at the bottom of the Parramatta list to give the other guys a chance. Your order? Charcoal chicken. Like that was even a question. #WinningFathersDay
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