Despite the vaudevillean name, Oh! Calcutta! won the
Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Best Indian
Restaurant’ award, 8 years in a row (from
1995 to 2003).
Why? A captivating menu of unusualdishes from Afghanistan, North India,
Pakistan and northwestern China, the best local produce
and exotic meats from camel and goat to kangaroo and
crab, stylish mosque meets-minimalism design, and a
A $40 Wine: B.Y.O (corkage A $3 per person)
Oscillate Wildly offers a highquality
dining experience at absurdly cheap prices. Tucked away
just off the boho bustle of King Street, Newtown, this
small art deco dining room serves up modern Australianfare, such as wild barramundi with
pancetta and red wine butter, and some of the best value
desserts in town. The service is expert,
even if the 1 waiter is rushed off his feet at times.
King Street, Newtown seems to have more Thai restaurants
than Bangkok does but Thai Pothong is the largest
and the best for value. Standards,
such as chicken cashew nut and tom yung soup, are as
good as they come, the service is swift and helpful
and the restaurant is filled with the constant buzz
of people who know they are eating well at a very reasonable
The restaurant has a graceful EastAsianstyle, with
soft lighting flattering a collection of Thai antiques,
pretty parasols and flower arrangements.
A $40 Wine: B.Y.O (corkage A $3 per person).
A cherished Japaneserestaurant
with a Francophile bent, Wasavie boasts sashimi served
with a ‘hot rock’ for self service searing,
and a slice of caramelised pork belly so tender you
can dismantle its juicy flesh with chopsticks.
There is also a range of delicious
dessert mousses. Like many of Sydney’s new gastro
budget eateries, Wasavie does not take bookings after
7.00 pm. It is closed Mondays.