Friday Foodie: The birdman in the bistro

Birdman in the bistro

Sparrow’s guide to some of Sydney’s finest lunch spots

As agencies and media companies return to the office in force this year, Mediaweek’s new columnist, and legendary Sydney diner, Greg Graham is starting a guide to establishments that should be on your lunch list.

This week the list includes something for all price ranges – from an expense account dip for a VIP client to a cheap and cheerful satisfying adventure that you won’t be able to claim.

Birdman in the bistro

Margaret staff with Neil Perry (front row)

On the Corporate Expense account for a VIP client:

Margaret – Double Bay

Neil Perry has done it again & his mum would be very proud. Sensational food in brilliant surroundings that has the business power lunch covered.

The dish you must try: a special side, Wentworth Twice Cooked Crisp and Creamy potatoes.

Shell House dining room and terrace

Shell House – Wynyard CBD

Superb food in a very NYC rooftop setting that Sydney has been missing. Incredible service and delicious food, on a beautiful sunny day the outdoor terrace is the place to dine.

The dish you must try: the deeply burnished beetroot coal-roasted then sliced & barbecued.

Fun team lunch

Chin Chin – Surry Hills

Great food with a great vibe and always delivers. Love the sharing plates and the Feed Me menu.

The rowdy fun atmosphere and the southeast Asian dishes just work and I always want to return again and again.

The dish you must try: Stir fry prawn, egg noodle, garlic chive and hellfire chilli oil.

Mmm – Totti’s

Totti’s – Bondi ,George St ,CBD & Rozelle

Great fun Italian, design your antipasto and share the pasta dishes they are all delicious.

I’m always transported to Italy with simple yet delicious food that’s a joy to experience.

The dish you must try: Hot fluffy wood-fired pizza bread.

Cheap & cheerful lunch with crew and I’m paying for myself

The Rag & Famish – North Sydney

Can’t beat the beef & Guinness pie with chips in the beer garden.

The Old Clare Hotel – Chippendale

The chicken snitty & slaw is a classic that you can’t go past in the front bar.

Pick of the Week: Totti’s hot fluffy bread

See also: Mediaweek welcomes Sparrow’s Nest – The new fortnightly column from Greg Graham

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