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Lifestyle : Focus on Surry Hills and Surrounds special report
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CENTRAL TAVERN 42 Chalmers St Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010 (T) 9212 3814 (F) 9281 4226 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org (W) centralhotelsydney.com.au CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY AT CHURRAS AND FOR BOOKINGS OVER 10 GUESTS THE HOST DINES FREE! BOOK NOW ON 8084 2151 219 Oxford St. Darlinghurst www.churras.com.au G5668559AB-280113 G5697867AB-280113 • Food • Functions • Cocktails • Courtyard www.clockhotel.com.au iG5668605AA-290113 14 goodfood TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013 surry hills and surrounds Best of the bunch Tuck in . . . diners tuck in at the Kepos Street Kitchen; (left) the Baccomatto Osteria. The inner-city hood is alive with many new places to eat, and Carli Ratcliff can help you choose. special report WITH MORE RESTAURANTS and cafes in each square kilometre than any other suburb, Surry Hills is perpetually buzzing. In recent months, a raft of restaurants run by established chefs have opened. In addition, an innovative takeaway initiative, which feeds hungry diners on nights when chefs and table staff are having a rest, has gained a legion of fans, as have the quirky cafes and pop-ups tucked into the laneways. Here is our guide to the best. Albion Street Kitchen 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, 9212 7979 Chef Warren Turnbull has morphed his Assiette on Albion Street into the more casual Albion Street Kitchen, presently open for dinner (lunch opening soon). Entrees focus on the produce: Pyengana cheddar is served on toast with truffle, asparagus, Pedro Ximenez and raisins; a plate of seared veal tongue and sweetbreads is accompanied by pickled turnip, salsa verde and almonds. Mains include pork belly, with salted caramel apple, heirloom carrots and gingerbread spice. Turnbull's side project, Chur Burgers, a takeaway hole in the wall tucked into Beauchamp Lane, is set to open in coming weeks. A menu of five burgers and a selection of milkshakes will be on offer -- listen for the blaring ghetto blaster to find your way there. Kepos Street Kitchen 96 Kepos Street (corner Phillip Street), Redfern, 9319 3919 Israeli-born chef Michael Rantissi has been surprised by the enthusiasm for his Middle Eastern home-style fare. ''Customers profess their love for the food,'' Rantissi says. ''They love the cuisine, which is new to many of them.'' Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (BYO), Kepos Street Kitchen's menu is comprised of Israeli comfort food, including ''Dad's Breakfast'', a homage to Rantissi's father. ''It's a plate of my dad's favourite breakfast items -- labna, dukkah, hard-boiled egg and tomato salad.'' Rantissi, who has cooked at Vue de Monde and Bathers' Pavilion, has built the lunch and dinner menus around Israeli staples -- hummus, tabouli and a lamb kibbeh, tossed at the table with burghul and dressed with pomegranate molasses and walnuts, are all tastes of home. Ho.mei Shop 8, 38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, 8021 4806, homei.com.au Ho.mei translates as ''delicious'', owner Romi Kwan says. He and chef Thomas Ly opened the Asian tapas restaurant late last year, taking over the Waterloo Street site formerly occupied by El Capo, neighbouring busy Izakaya Fujiyama and the Orto Trading Co. Kwan has worked the floor of many Surry Hills restaurants, including the Mahjong Room and more recently Bar H. Lunchtime at ho.mei brings a line of locals to collect bento lunch-boxes, packed with kim chi, lotus root salad and wasabi mushroom with rice or chargrilled lemongrass chicken. Those who have time to sit share duck pancakes and lettuce leaves stuffed with steamed snapper. Cleveland's 311 Cleveland Street, Redfern, 9698 8449, clevelandsoncleveland.com This quirky place is a barber shop-cum-cafe. A glass wall separates the cafe from the salon, where hairdresser Patrick Casey, who has snipped and coiffed in salons from London to Paris, does haircuts, colours and blow-dries until 10pm some nights. Co-owner Harry Levy looks after the cafe from 7am, turning out coffees between tending to relishes and fruit compote. ''I try to do everything from scratch,'' he says. Avocado on toast with feta that Levy marinates with lemon zest, garlic Find the Good Food Guide online at
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