Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
Newtown was once known as a rather cheap part of town overrun by students and hipsters, and every second shop was a cheap Thai joint. The students are still there, as are the hipsters, but recently the neighbourhood has experienced something of a revival. Cool new foodie places have popped up all over Newtown, and because it’s exempt from Sydney’s lockout laws, the night scene is buzzing as well.
So where to start? Here is the first of a two-part series on my top ten recommendations. I’ve also included a helpful map so you can track down all these yummy places. This posts’ recommendations are highlighted in green, and Part 2‘s eateries are in blue.
1. Best gelato: Cow and Moon
My love affair with Newtown started with Cow and Moon gelateria on Enmore Road. The life-changing moment started with this article announcing that Cow and Moon had won the Gelato World Tour title back in 2014. Of course I had to check it out – two weekends in a row. Yes, it was that good. Their award-winning flavour is the affogata, and the strawberry with balsamic vinegar is a firm favourite as well.
Cow and Moon
181 Enmore Road
Open 8.30am – 10.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays
2. Best Pies: Pie Tin
If it’s a pie you’re looking for, Pie Tin has the best in town. They do both sweet and savoury pies, and they are all hand made and baked fresh daily. If you go on a weekend, you might just come across their giant apple pie – it always reminds me of the nursery rhyme with “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”!
1a Brown Street
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 10pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday
3. Best barbeque: Bovine and Swine
Walk past Bovine and Swine and you’ll be left in no doubt that there’s a barbeque joint in town. The tantalizing smells wafting out of the shop are too good to resist. Once there, order your meats (brisket, chopped pork, ribs (pork or beef) and chicken) by weight, or get it on a burger. Don’t forget the sides – the burnt end beans are my favourite, mostly because it’s got more meat in it than beans.
Bovine and Swine
92 Enmore Road
Open Thursday and Friday 6pm – 9pm, and Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm
4. Best burgers: Mary’s
Wander up a little alleyway and conquer your fears to step through the door that looks like it’s leading into an abandoned building, and you’ll find yourself in hipster bar, Mary’s. Their burgers, some say, are the best in town. Their bloody Mary’s are pretty awesome too – they come topped with a slice of cheese and bacon! If that’s not your thing, Mary’s also has craft beer on offer.
6 Mary Street
Open Monday to Thursday, 4pm – midnight, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight, and from noon to 10pm on Sundays
5. Best ramen: Rising Sun Workshop
The Rising Sun Workshop is not your typical ramen bar. For one thing, it’s attached to a community motorcycle workshop, where biking enthusiasts can book a spot and tinker to their heart’s content. Their menu isn’t limited to ramen either – they have really interesting offerings for any meal of the day. Have a prison bento – rolled eggs, pickles, miso soup, tofu and brown rice – for breakfast or yummy yakitori for dinner. But their ramen is the show stealer. Try the dark ramen, with a broth made of a mixture of chicken, pork bones, shitake mushrooms and smoked hock, or the light ramen with a chicken and dashi broth. Both come with decadent kurobuta pork belly slices.
Rising Sun Workshop
1C Whateley St
Open for breakfast and lunch from 8am – 4pm, 7 days
Open for dinner 6 – 10pm Thursday to Saturday
The workshop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 8pm, and on Sunday from 10am – 3pm.
Looking for more? Check out the Foodies guide to Newtown – Part 2.
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