Hungry at 1am? Try these 2016 revised Sydney late night kitchens.
Friday night’s no longer need to end with pies and soggy kebabs. We’re grown ups now. Grown ups deserve to end their long nights of drinking and bad dance moves with some quality food in a lively yet relaxing atmosphere. So we’ve put together our favourite Sydney late night kitchens, so you never have to go home with an empty belly and a dizzy head.
Whether you’ve just walked out of a play, escaped an awkward date or missed lock out by 5 minutes, don’t feel like you need to go home and raid your pantry. We can guarantee that any one of these late night foodie fixes will make your night.
Johnny Wong’s, Darlinghurst
You’ve run from one end of Oxford Street to the other in order to reach The Standard before the ever irritating lock out at 1.30am. After that solid marathon, you’re sure to be keen for a bite before you hit the bowling alley and the dance floor. Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar is conveniently situated in the same building as both Middlebar and The Standard Bowl, acting as the prime spot for your midnight snack stop off.
Renowned for their plump, juicy dumplings, delectable duck pancakes and Taiwanese sliders, this dumpling bar will be sure to keep you and your mates fuelled. A serving of pork juicy puns (xio long boa) or Japanese style pan fried dumplings will only set you back $9.50. At these affordable prices you can rest assured that most of your hard earned dollars will go towards several gin and tonics from the beckoning bars upstairs. For those looking for a Sydney late night kitchens where you can save a penny, swing past this small yet vibrant eatery en route to the d-floor.
Johnny Wongs, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst, 02 9331 3100, http://johnnywongs.com.au/
Wed – Thurs & Sun 6pm – 11pm, Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am
Low 302, Surry Hills
Low 302 is quality from open to close. Their decadent menu reigns supreme even until close at 2am and the house chefs and bartenders know how to serve up a feast. Escape those unruly city streets for some mood lighting and soft surroundings at Low 302, winding down to relax before hopping aboard the less relaxing NightRide home.
The good folks at Low 302 believe that their guest’s night out should involve entertainment with great live music, top DJ’s and even live performances and magic shows. That all comes served with late night food options. Their 200g rump steak is an absolute steal at $10 and served alongside chips, salad and gravy. Feeling a little fancier? Try their lamb cutlets ($26), served with pea puree, artichokes, Dutch carrots and mint.
Follow Low 302’s advice and eat well, drink moderately and dance the night away!
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, Sydney
Dumplings and dim sum aren’t just for family brunching at noon on a Sunday. When those late night cravings hit Golden Century should be your next stop. Famous amongst chefs and hospitality workers alike, the Sydney late night kitchen is known for its eccentric collection of patrons who feed on their delicious Asian style seafood menu.
Sporting a whole wall of live crab, lobster and fish, at Golden Century, if you sea the food, you can eat it. Fancy a whole steamed lobster with supreme sauce (subject to market price)? You can have it! At 2am however, you may not be feeling as decadent. So a second best choice is their mouthwatering beef with black pepper ($33) or their classic salt and pepper squid ($26.50). As far as iconic Sydney late night kitchens go Golden Century takes the cake/crab.
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, 393-399 Sussex Street Sydney, 02 9212 3901, http://goldencentury.com.au
Mon – Sun 12pm till 4am
Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
The name says it all. Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice serves up cheesy Italian style pizza but with a twist, making it one for all you late night rock’n’roll peckish vampires. Serving pizza until 3am this is one of the funnest Sydney late night kitchens. Opened by the masterminds behind The Baxter Inn, Lobo Plantation, Shady Pines Saloon and Restaurant Hubert this is the place you go for some late night music, dancing, people watching and pizza by the slice. From suits to rockers and even the odd celebrity or two, this Italian themed joint has something for everyone.
If it’s late night bites your after (and for most it is), you can pick up any slice of pizza for $6. If you’re with the gang (or just really hungry), there’s a whole menu of full size pies to choose from. The puttana ($22) topped with salami, onion, chilli, olives, tomato and cheese always hits the spot. Pair that with a glass of vino or one of their boutique beers and you’ve got a one stop pizza party that’ll keep you around till your ears stop ringing.
Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice, 50 Hunter Street, Sydney, frankiespizzabytheslice.com
Mon – Thurs & Sat-Sun 4pm till 3am, Fri 12pm – 3am (lock out laws apply- make sure you’re there before 1am)
Mr. Crackles, Darlinghurst
Have you and the gang ever put more thought into what food joint you’ll end up at at the end of the night than where you’ll actually spend your night? We have. And we know that Mr. Crackles is usually where we know we’ll end up.
The Sydney late night kitchen is famous on the Oxford Street scene and doesn’t shut it’s doors until 4.30am on weekends – a dream come true for all you pork and French fries lovers. Mr. Crackles pork belly takes three days to prepare, leaving you with incredibly succulent meat with the crispiest skin on top. That’s why we jump straight to the crackles classic ($13.50) for our late night eats. Crisp skinned slow roast 5 spiced pork belly served with Vietnamese salad in a crunchy roll couldn’t be more satisfying at 3am.
El Loco, Surry Hills
Rally up your amigos and head over to El Loco in Surry Hills for a late night fiesta! Plan ahead, this is one of the busiest Sydney late night kitchens and definitely juan popular Mexican style bar and eatery. From tacos to churros to some of the tastiest margaritas served in Sydney, you’ll go loco for El Loco.
If you’ve stopped by on the way to your next party destination, may we suggest swapping out your classic soft taco shell for a lettuce leaf? Hear us out. Combined with delicious fillings such as al pastor (spit pork with pineapple salsa, cabbage, coriander and spring onion salad, $6) or pollo (chicken with sweet corn salsa, cabbage, coriander and spring onion salad, $6) the lettuce leaf taco takes all the deliciousness of your classic taco but won’t weigh you down. So you have more energy to dance the night away.
El Loco, The Excelsior Hotel, 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, 02 9240 3000, http://www.elloco.com.au/
Mon – Thurs 12pm till midnight, Fri – Sat 12pm till 3am, Sun 12pm till 10pm
Fatima’s Lebanese Restaurant, Surry Hills
This Cleveland Street establishment has been around for more than 30 years and is still going strong. Looks like they’re doing something right! Fatima’s Lebanese Restaurant is a true OG of Sydney late night kitchens and has some of the most sensational Lebanese food in Sydney on offer. Set in a fun environment this is one of the most popular Sydney late night kitchens.
There are so many Lebanese delicacies to choose from. The classic lamb shish kebab ($10-$17.50) may be your style if you’re hungry for some juicy chunks of meat or if you’d rather get your veg on their vegetarian lady fingers ($8.50-$14.50) won’t go astray. If it hits 3am and you’ve got to start getting ready for work, be sure to throw back some Lebanese coffee ($3). That’ll wake you right up.
Remember – hummus where the heart is.
Fatimas Lebanese Restaurant, 294 – 296 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, 02 9698 4895, fatimas.com.au
Mon – Sun 9am till 3am
Big Poppa’s, Darlinghurst
Big Poppa’s has combined a love of wine, cheese and hip hop making this new comer one of the best Sydney late night kitchens. Big Poppa’s has occupied the late Hello Sailor, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere full of classic Italian food and modern day cocktails. You’ll find a lot of cheese based dishes, all served up alongside around 200 wines sourced from different regions. Settle into a late night of pasta and hip hop – this isn’t your Nonna’s kitchen (unless your Nonna loves her urban jams and in that case, kudos).
Exempt from the lock out laws, Big Poppa’s is open till 3am for hungry foodies and thirsty merrymakers alike so pull a Biggie Smalls and be sure to rendezvous at the bar around 2.
Big Poppa’s, 96 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, https://facebook.com/bigpoppasbar/
Mon – Sat 5pm till 3am, Sun 5pm till 12am
Pancakes on the Rocks, The Rocks
We couldn’t go without mentioning one of the most renowned Sydney late night kitchens, Pancakes on the Rocks. Rock on all night and only simmer down when it’s time for breakfast. And what’s a better breakfast treat than pancakes. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the eatery’s famous coco berry pancakes ($13.95) – chocolate pancakes, coconut, cream, vanilla ice cream with raspberry coulis and chocolate sauce will be your match made in heaven and a satisfying end to your long night.
Who needs bed? Watching the sun rise over Sydney Harbour, pancakes in hand and chocolate sauce on your face trumps it every time.
Pancakes on the Rocks, 4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, 02 9247 6371, www.pancakesontherocks.com.au
Mon – Sun, 24 hours a day
Goros, Surry Hills
*Note: GOROS IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL MID-FEB 2018 FOR RENOVATIONS
Karaoke, cocktails and gyoza make for a pretty epic trio at Goros bar in Surry Hills. If the hunger pangs strike post midnight, don’t worry – Goros has you covered with a comprehensive late kitchen menu. You’ll find everything from edamame ($8) to shoestring fries, gyoza and kaarage chicken. The kitchen stays open until 1am Thursdays and 3am Fridays and Saturdays.
Goros, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills, 02 9212 0214, http://www.goros.com.au/