Glutinous Korean rice cakes at Moon Park
Redfern’s minimalist Korean restaurant Moon Park offers great easts executed with skill. We love the tteokbokki – those glutinous little cylindrical rice cakes rolled in chunky, chopped-up toasted peanuts.
Moon Park details: Address 34 Redfern Street, Redfern 2016, Telephone 02 9690 0111
Price per person including drinks $51 to $100
Chicken heart and chicken skin yakitori at Chaco Bar
It’s all sticks all the time, here at this tiny Japanese yakitori restaurant built on the old Jazz City Diner site. You want heart pipes? Liver? Gizzards? Gristle? They’ve got ’em, along with plenty more protein that isn’t quite so gutsy. The meats are grilled over white charcoal and served over piles of roughly chopped raw white cabbage. By the time you’re done with your juicy, salty chicken thigh or crisp folds of strangely sweet chicken skin, that cabbage will have turned into a well-seasoned side of its own.
Chaco Bar details: Address 238 Crown St, Darlinghurst 2010, Telephone 02 9007 8352
Finger sandwiches at Rockpool
Finger sandwiches of crabmeat bound in Tabasco mayonnaise and big wads of caviar over a thin layer of crème fraîche translate as thin, cocktail friendly toast soldiers.
Rockpool details: Address 11 Bridge St, Sydney 2000, Telephone 02 9252 1888
Sweet, salty liquorice bread at Yellow
The intensity of chef Brent Savage’s liquorice bread is such that you can smell it three tables over. The wedge of richly flavoured, ebony-coloured, almost-cake is coated in a spray of sea salt flakes. It’s served with a splodge of whipped butter, which you probably won’t need.
Little blood sausages at Ester
Though Ester’s menu is an ever-evolving roll call of rustic originality, there are a few mainstays like the blood sausage sanga: pinkie-sized morcilla on a piece of steamed white bread with a squiggle of aioli – a soft, sweet and giving sandwich with great snap.
Ester Restaurant and Bar details: Address 46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale 2008
Telephone 02 8068 8279 Price per person including drinks $5.00 to $150.00