Fancy a side of nostalgia with your crisp fried chicken Golden Axe burger?
Then 8bit, plating up diner-style burgers, fries and shakes surrounded by a collection of throwback ‘80s arcade games, is your go-to.
The retro restaurant is part of the first wave of eateries, coffee haunts and retailers to open in Sydney’s newest dining precinct, Steam Mill Lane.
The skinny laneway is tucked between Darling Drive and Tumbalong Boulevard at Haymarket (not far from Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets Chinatown), part of the Darling Square development.
Joining 8bit so far is fried-chicken doyenne Belles Hot Chicken, the third Sydney outpost of the Melbourne transplant; the Sandwich Shop; Matcha-Ya, a café selling authentic matcha green tea and other foods imbued with the peppermint-coloured powder; Sichuan eatery Ricefields; and Italian eatery and bar Il Bacio, which serves breakfast paninis and pastries as well as pizza and pasta in the evening.
On the drinks front, Toby’s Estate has been serving up cappuccinos and cake underneath the new Commonwealth Bank offices since July 2017 and bubble-tea purveyor Gong Cha has just opened.
Several more eateries are set to open in May, including Japanese experience Bang Bang, complete with karaoke, ramen and Japanese whisky; a second storefront from Darlinghurst coffee stalwart Edition Coffee Roasters; the aptly named Marrickville Pork Roll; Fishbowl; and Gyradiko Haymarket, which will sandwich fluffy pita rolls with pork slice.
A select range of boutiques selling curios and clothing also line the walkway and, above, a multi-coloured light installation from artist Peta Kruger adds a permanent neon glow to the space.
Construction is still underway throughout Darling Square, with the site predicted to be fully complete in 18 months.
Image: Nikki To
Top Image: Nikki To