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We are spoiled for choice in our local community with a delicious new variety of dining options opening recently.

As winter sets in, let our local businesses provide dinner for you and your family because the North Shore dining scene has never been better. Whether it’s Asian fusion, or home style cooking, there is an array of new options for you to try.

CHOLOLO, ST LEONARDS 

Craving Mexican? Head to Chololo, a popular Mexican restaurant now open in St Leonards (previously at North Willoughby). Chololo has quickly gained a reputation for its slow-braised Birria tacos, served with warm tortillas for dipping into a rich flavourful broth.

Beyond Birria, Chololo offers a variety of tacos,ramen and tempting sides like creamy guacamole and elotes (Mexican street corn) on their menu. Whether you’re a taco aficionado or simply looking for a delicious Mexican dining experience, Chololo is definitely worth a visit!

Shop 5, 1-5 Albany Street, St Leonards

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm

Instagram: @chololo.sydney

GOGO GYOZA, NORTH SYDNEY

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Gogo Gyoza’s signature dish may be the delicious classic pork and cabbage filled gyoza, but this Japanese café has an array of different options to try.

Japanese Gyoza dumplings are this café’s specialty, but there are also pork, tuna, and vegetable onigiri rice balls, beef and chicken Japanese curries, noodle salads, and traditional spring rolls miso soup, and sushi.

A sando is a delicious take on a sandwich, with Japanese classics such as creamy egg and kewpie mayonnaise, or Karaage Fried Chicken, in a soft brioche bun on the menu here. There’s even a Japadog – a Japanese style hot dog that is worth a try.

Beverages on offer include a range of Japanese teas including hot or iced Matcha Green Tea, Genmaicha Green Tea, or Hojicha Green Tea. They also serve specialty canned and bottled drinks from Japan.

Located near the ACU campus on Berry Street, its perfect for weekday lunches, with takeaway and dine in options.

25-29 Berry St, G7
North Sydney
Mon – Sat 8:30am – 3:30pm
Website: https://www.gogogyoza.com.au

MANI, MILSONS POINT

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Milsons Point has a new fine dining experience, and it’s the new project for the team behind Sidando Café which has served the local community for eight years.

Mani Restaurant serves dinner and lunch in a modern Asian fusion style and has been described as a “hidden little gem”. It is even named after the Sanskrit word for “flawless jewel”.

The menu promises a unique and exquisite Chinese and Asian cuisine, using premium ingredients. Starters include cured Hiramasa Kingfish, spicy Wagyu Beef Tataki, Beef Tongue and Monkfish. There’s a wide array of dumplings, soups, and some more traditional items including San Choy Bow (duck or chicken) and Peking Duck pancake rolls.

Live seafood must be ordered 24 hours in advance, and can be prepared in a variety of styles. The restaurant seats up to 60 people, and a private room available for seven guests. Perfect for that special occasion.

Shop 1, 118 Alfred Street
Milsons Point
Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 12-3pm, 5-10pm (closed on Tuesday)
Website: www.manirestaurant.com.au

Instagram: @themanirestaurant

CRE ASION, NORTH SYDNEY

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This beautiful tiny Japanese café belies the incredible delicacies that lie within.

Cre Asion offers an Instagram worthy menu, including freshly made breads, cakes, pastries, and sandwiches.

The unique flavours include sesame, matcha, yuzu and soybean, in macarons, sourdough, and Japanese cookies. Sandwiches are made to order, and there are Japanese offerings on the drink menu such as hoji-cha latte, and matcha latte.

Cre Asion is owned and operated by chef Yu Sasaki and was first opened in 2011. He describes it as a place for those who appreciate a small, creative space with delicious food.

18 Eden St North Sydney
Tues – Fri 8am-30m
Sat – Sun 8am – 2pm
Website: www.creasion.com.au
Instagram: @cafe.creasion

MUM AND DAD’S PLACE, NEUTRAL BAY

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a home cooked meal, and that’s exactly what Mum And Dad’s Place is all about.

It’s an informal family restaurant that specialises in Lebanese food cooked from recipes passed down through the generations.

With dishes such as Mum’s Lamb Cigars (must be dipped in home made labne!) and Dad’s hummus with chilli and garlic, the business proving popular with locals.

So who are Mum and Dad? They are Wadad (Wendy) Nohra and Wally Nohra; daughter Marilyn opened the small bistro in November, serving the Lebanese cuisine her parents cook.

“We’ve cooked together since I was a child, and when I went into business Mum guided me through the obstacles… working together can be challenging but … there’s a beautiful safety net in a mother daughter relationship like ours”.

The Middle Eastern menu includes housemade Lebanese sausages with pomegranate BBQ sauce and caramelised onions, and spiced fish with sumac and tahini.

Take away is available too, so why not pick up a lamb kofta TV dinner box (pictured), containing hummus, baba ghanoush, Fattoush salad. Dessert options include baklava and semolina cakes.

“We show our love with food and I want everyone to experience that,” Marilyn says.

To match mum and dad’s wedding portrait which hangs proudly on the wall, locals have answered the call and given prints from their own weddings to adorn the walls.

No bookings are required, walk ins are welcome and so are your pets!

15 Hayes St Neutral Bay
Weds – Sun 4pm – 9.30pm
Facebook: @mumanddadsplace

AT the Coffee Shop x Sou Ramen Lab, NORTH SYDNEY

Coffee and ramen isn’t your usual pairing, but that – and everything Japanese in between – is the unique menu on offer at AT the Coffee Shop x Sou Ramen Lab.

Office workers come for the coffee, and return for the ramen. But in Japan, ramen is eaten for breakfast as well, which is why this seemingly unusual combination works. Inside the tiny café, the menu changes weekly, but the rich chicken broth dishes are the focus from chef Takeshi Sekigawa.

You can try Karaage curry ramen, Black Garlic and Spicy Rich Chicken soup, and on occasion Matcha Ramen with Rich Chicken Soup. In summer the salad bowls have their own Japanese flavours.

From the more traditional Japanese menu, there is chicken katsu with rice, beef curry, wagyu teriyaki, and gyoza. Not forgetting those more accustomed to bacon for breakfast, the chefs include bacon and egg brioche rolls, and avocado on toast, as well as a range of sandwiches.

Sou Ramen Lab is now also open as a dining option on Saturday nights. Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Shop 5, 141 Walker St North Sydney
Mon – Fri 7.30am-3pm
Sat 5pm – 9.00pm
Website: atthecoffeeshopns.square.site
Instagram: @atthecoffeeshopns or @souramenlab

Main image: Mani Restaurant

For more local dining options, visit our Dining Guide by clicking here.

 

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