Whether you're after great Vietnamese food or live music at Lazybones Lounge, these are the restaurants, cafés and bars in Marrickville for dinner and drinks.
The roller doors rise up several nights a week for degustation dining at this former welding shop-turned café. Candles twinkle on rustic tables, the napkins are linen and the Italian-focused vegetarian menu changes fortnightly. House-baked goods, inventive pasta dishes – teff gnocchetti in a chicory pesto, for example – and super-fresh produce all contribute to its popularity.
122 Chapel Street, Marrickville; (02) 9572 8858
Book ahead or queue in hope for a table at this street-smart licensed restaurant. Bright yellow, lacy Vietnamese pancakes are definite favourites but hybrid dishes such as porcini and duck gyozas are also excellent. The drink list is imaginative (think a warm cocktail inspired by pho – trust us, it’s surprisingly delicious) and vegans/vegetarians rejoice to see their own special menu.
278 Illawarra Road, Marrickville; (02) 8068 8200
Paesanella Café Restaurant
Reminiscent of the long-lost Italian restaurants of inner Sydney, this licensed establishment offers classic pasta and risotto dishes, plus meat and fish mains – many enhanced with cheeses made fresh at Paesanella’s factory nearby. Head upstairs to their deli emporium to stock up on treats..
150 Marrickville Road, Marrickville; (02) 9519 6181
At the intersection of Marrickville’s burgeoning small-bar and entertainment scenes, the “Gaspo” serves up live music in the front bar and an ever-varying range of unusual brews and other alcoholic specialties. Its comfy-daggy backyard is great for a catch-up with friends and there’s also a well-priced range of unusual bar tucker – perhaps inspired by its sibling restaurant Sidecar.
115 Marrickville Road; (02) 9569 2668
Adjacent to “the Pony”, this cosy offshoot provides a relaxed Marrickvillean version of fine dining: mod-Aus twists on classic bistro dishes, with strong options for vegans/vegos. Chef Tania Cusack adapts the menu weekly to seasonal changes.
119 Marrickville Road; 0401 002 333
The food at this glamorous Eastern Mediterranean restaurant delights with combinations of intense flavours and unusual textures, such as the airy foam accompanying a dish of crisp calamari.
65 Addison Road; (02) 9569 3161
Who says Sydney is shut? Not at this bar (though perhaps “club” is the better term). Settle on a leather chesterfield, order fancy cocktails, vino, local brews, pizzas or charcuterie… and focus on the live music, seven nights a week until midnight or 3am on Thursday through Saturday.
294 Marrickville Road; 0450 008 563
Corinthian Rotisserie Restaurant
This slice of Hellenic life has been serving generous helpings of traditional Greek favourites to the homesick and the hungry for nearly 50 years. Octopus vinaigrette and meltingly tender “BBQ” (aka roast) lamb are the specialities of the house but everything here is cooked with care. And when did you last see wine for $6 a glass?
283 Marrickville Road, Marrickville; (02) 9569 7084
Finding Sauce, on a narrow laneway, is a bit like entering Dr Who’s Tardis: you’ll need to walk through a dedicated car park, past vast vats to reach the taphouse bar and a spacious beer garden. Children and dogs amble around and a food truck serves US-style barbecue. It all adds up to a mellow atmosphere, even before you sample a flight of Sauce’s beers, ranging from mega-hoppy ales to a sweetly-sour saison.
1a Mitchell Street; (02) 8580 3555
This Scandinavian-styled shrine to craft beers has a specialist bottle shop at street level and a pastel-hued bar upstairs, with 10 taps rotating its offerings.. There are fancy wines and spirits if brews won’t do. Bar food is available on Friday and Saturdays.
300 Illawarra Road, Marrickville; no phone