In a grown-up game of pass it on, insiders nominate their neighbourhood’s best eating and drinking spots. This month, we explore the heart of the Harbour City.

Start here: The Morrison Bar 
and Oyster Room

Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

Image credit above and top: Dominic Loneragan.

Perched on the corner of George and Grosvenor streets, this chic bar and brasserie is 
beloved by the city set. This popular 
spot is known for its generous supply 
of oysters – all sustainably sourced – 
and the menu showcases the signature stylings of culinary director and chef Sean Connolly. 

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room >>> Bistecca

Bistecca, Sydney

When he isn’t on duty in 
the kitchen at The Morrison, 
chef Sean Connolly heads to Bistecca (pictured top) 
for a first-rate steak. “Bistecca is one of my favourites 
in the city; it’s a great place to hide 
away and enjoy an incredible, yet 
simple, steak. There’s only one cut on 
the menu, the bistecca alla Fiorentina, which you pair with a variety of sides 
and something from the cracking 
wine list. The T-bone is cooked over 
a charcoal fire and served medium-rare. The restaurant itself reminds me so much of being a young boy in Yorkshire, with its warm setting, roaring fire and dripping candles – although these candles are made from beef fat and 
taste great with a piece of focaccia.” 

Bistecca >>> Old Mate’s Place

Old Mate's Place, Sydney

After finishing service, 
Bistecca’s general manager Mikey Hamilton makes his way to Old Mate’s Place, a favourite haunt of Sydney’s hospitality crowd. “Old Mate’s Place is relatively well-
hidden and a must-visit if you’re looking for a late-night bar. There’s a great selection of gins, whiskys and bourbons – I’m a gin drinker and can’t go past 
the Martinis and Negronis. I love the 
style of the indoor section; it has a real den-like feel, with leather lounge booths, bookcases and an old fireplace. I like to find a cosy nook and order a cocktail from one of the clever bartenders.” 

Old Mate’s Place >>> Continental CBD

Continental CBD, Sydney

Before starting work at Old Mate’s Place, co-owner Daniel Noble heads 
up King Street to Continental CBD for lunch. “This bistro/deli really speaks for 
itself – it launched off the back of their successful Newtown deli and the food 
is outstanding. Sometimes you’ll find places that have a convoluted offering and image – Continental doesn’t do 
that, the concept is so streamlined. 
For them, it’s about being selective 
and finding the best ways to execute everything they do. They always hire really good chefs and source the best produce so you know you’re paying 
for quality. It’s sort of a hidden gem 
as well, sitting on the other side of Elizabeth Street. Don’t pass up the meatball sub – it’s on point.” 

Continental CBD >>> Regiment CBD

Regiment CBD

When he wants a great coffee, Continental CBD’s general 
manager Mikey Nicolian walks through Martin Place to Regiment CBD. “The coffee at Regiment CBD on George Street is easily some of the best in the city. They take such care with everything they serve, from sourcing high-end tea blends to the gourmet fare you can pick up with your caffeine hit. If coffee isn’t your calling, they have berry kombucha on tap as well as cold-pressed juices 
and organic soft drinks. Being on such 
a busy thoroughfare makes it great 
for people watching, which you can 
do from the small pocket of outdoor seating or at the tables by the floor-
to-ceiling windows.”

Regiment CBD >>> Hills Bros

Though he owns his own café, Regiment CBD’s Zach Hiotis heads 
to Hills Bros (5 Martin Place; 
02 8385 2556) for a creative spin 
on traditional favourites. “You can’t go past the culinary stylings 
of Hills Bros. Their type of service is quite like ours and they place special emphasis on serving up a different take on café 
fare – it’s definitely not your typical office foyer café. Hills Bros is a destination spot, one that sees people leave neighbouring buildings for a bite instead of staying 
in their own block. As well as Reuben Hills coffee, the menu features Latin American and Asian-influenced dishes 
– I especially love the brown rice congee with poached chicken, gingered carrot and bacon jam. If you’re in town on 
a Friday, make sure you stop by for a divine Shortstop doughnut.”

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