Lankan Filling Station opened in 2018 in a narrow converted garage and there’s never been more of a reason to hang out in a space where they used to change tires. The menu at this Sri Lankan spot is made up of mostly traditional dishes like sambols and curries, and starters like devilled cashews and crab cutlets. It gets pretty lively, so bring a group of people (they take reservations for six or more), order a bunch of different colourful dishes to share, and soak it all up with rice and hoppers (rice-flour crepes).
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Head to Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst with a few friends to share skewers, small plates, and some ramen, along with some sake, though they’re also BYO.
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For Chinese food in a grand setting, head to Mr. Wong. The two-levels are beautifully decorated and the whole menu is excellent.
You’ll find some of the best thin crust pizza at Bella Brutta in Newtown, so bring a few friends and order some natural wine as well.
If you like spending long afternoons drinking good beer, Arcadia Liquors in Redfern is your spot.
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