The inner-west has always been a foodies heaven with a myriad of tried and tested old faithfuls which have been a part of Newtown Precinct forever.
These food institutions now stand proudly alongside new up and coming chefs who are putting King Street, Erskineville and Enmore on the map as the place to come for an evening of gastronomic delights.
The Precinct is not just about one cuisine, but more a mixing pot of all that is great about food from around the world. Rubyos on north King Street will welcome you with white table cloths, warm service and its focus on seasonal flavours, while just down the road the white cloths are replaced with white laminate at the Lebanese institution Rowda Ya Habibi. And so the United Nations of Food continues – African, Greek, Italian, Polish, American, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican and even (wait for it) Pizza! And yes everyone knows you can get Thai in Newtown.
But it is not just global food that is represented. The Newtown community likes diversity and the edge of inner-west living; and that is what is reflected in the new restaurants opening up all over south King Street and Enmore Road. Hartsyard on Enmore Road causes a big buzz. Describing itself as comfort food with an urban edge it is right at home in Enmore. Complete with their own greenhouse, Hartsyard brings a bit of the farm to the inner-west. Bloodwood on south King Street has become a favourite with locals and visitors. The eclectic decor, generous share plates and the ability to deliver something special with a relaxed vibe makes Bloodwood a stand out. The Newtown restaurant scene is growing up and evolving, and the creative spirit is alive and well in the food being showcased.