Father’s Day is this Sunday 4th September and a man’s got to eat, right? If nothing else, the day is a chance to celebrate all your main man does throughout the year, and there are few ways to do that then by treating him to a good old fashioned feast, whether it be a sunny (the weather is looking nice for Sunday!) weekend session by the bay, a bustling Chinese chow-down, or an underground lunch in the CBD. We’ve put together five of the better last-minute ideas around Sydney this year to help you treat the old man. See below.
Chef’s Gallery (CBD, Parramatta, Bankstown, Macquarie)
Walk past a Chef’s Gallery any given night and you’d be reminded just how popular the contemporary Chinese restaurant has become. With them extending to Parramatta this year – making four Sydney restaurants in total, along with Town Hall, Bankstown and Macquarie – the business has never been more alive – an energy reflected in their menu of hand-made noodles, substantial mains, and inventive desserts.
A focus on the art of Chinese cuisine is showcased with the likes of pan fried scallops served with three sauces, Macanese style mini burgers of pork fillet, pork floss, lettuce, and sweet chilli mayo, and the kitchen’s interpretation of a classic surf and turf – lightly fried and salted fish fillet served with a mixed Chinese salad and crispy pork belly. All these are found on their regular a la carte menu which will be offered on Father’s Day, along with a free Tsingtao for Dad whether it be lunch or dinner. It’d be hard to look past this one if reasonably priced, casual Chinese contemporary fare is your father’s favourite.
Chef’s Gallery – CBD
Address: Regent Place Ground Floor, Shop 12, 501 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9267 8877
Chef’s Gallery – Parramatta
Address: Westfield Parramatta Ground Floor, Shop 2184, 159-175 Church St Parramatta NSW 2150
Contact: (02) 8810 8881
Chef’s Gallery – Bankstown
Address: Little Saigon Plaza Ground Floor , Shop G03-06, 462 Chapel Rd Bankstown NSW 2200
Contact: (02) 8040 7483
Chef’s Gallery – Macquarie
Address: Macquarie Shopping Centre , Shop 407, North Ryde NSW 2113
Contact: (02) 8040 7483
When INDU first opened at Angel Place late last year the restaurant’s following grew almost immediately, no doubt thanks to the reputation owner Dr. Sam Prince built with his nearby Mejico, and of course the excellent food and drink (their Yellow Submarine – with Bourbon and house-made mango chutney is a must). INDU looks to the coastal villages of India for inspiration, something which helps set the menu apart from other Indian restaurants along with the moody, subterranean fit-out, so them announcing a big recent refresh to their food and drink options (it’s a whole new menu) is an exciting chance to further explore this often ignored part of Indian cuisine.
If you’re still looking for a place to take the old man this weekend, heading along to INDU for lunch will be a good choice, and a chance to try the completely new menu, which has been curated into several set menu options ($65pp or $80pp) for the day. They are usually closed on Sundays too, so from 12pm head along to try the likes of Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout with lime and cardamom infused coconut milk, tamarind, compressed roe, and crispy trout skin; Egg Hopper with eggplant pickle, pomegranate pearls, goat’s curd, and coconut sambal; and a dessert of Peanut Semi Freddo with jaggery popcorn, chocolate mousse, salted caramel, and cocoa crumbs (pictured above). All dad’s will receive a complimentary beer to get them started. Note that INDU will only be open for lunch sittings this Sunday.
Address: 350 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9223 0158
Glass Brasserie (CBD)
Take dad to the historic Hilton Sydney and head on up to Luke Mangan’s stylish glass brasserie. The charming restaurant will be welcoming in renowned butchers Anthony and Victor Puharich (of Victor Churchill and Vic’s Meat Market) for a special Sunday Father’s Day lunch with sittings available from 1pm.
BBQ will be the focus for the lunch, with a three-course set menu with matched wines and Young Henry brews, complemented by an interactive element of discussion and tutorials aimed at helping dad brush up those BBQ skills. Anthony and Victor will be parting with expert tips and tricks dealing with the perfect cut of meat, cooking methods, meat seasoning, and more while the menu brings in dishes like Confit Pork Belly and Moroccan Spiced Lamb before finished with Dark Chocolate Cream and Milo Mousse. All guests will have a chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s, valued at $300.
Bistro Moncur (Woollahra)
The Woollahra Hotel’s hatted restaurant Bistro Moncur is an Eastern Suburb’s dining staple, and being that Father’s Day is a good chance to take treat dad to some of the finest this one should be a no-brainer. While they aren’t offering any exclusive specials specifically for this Sunday, it’s hard to look past a menu that reads like a Francophile’s dream. There’s Potato and Ricotta Gnocchi with zucchini, oyster mushroom, and sage butter; Duck Confit Cassoulet; and Prime Fillet Steak with sauce bearnaise on the current menu, with prices for mains ranging $32 to $48. Not bad for one of the best French restaurant’s in Sydney.
Address: 116 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Contact: (02) 9327 9713
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel (Watsons Bay)
This massive beachfront property has really edged forward as one of Sydney’s most popular in recent years. For Father’s Day this weekend they’ll be making full use of their indoor golf simulator, adding it to the multitude of things you can do here. They’ve teamed with LuxGolf to offer the winner of a “Nearest to the Pin” competition access to the most prestigious and private golf clubs in Australia, with round-trip transfers in a LuxGolf Porsche Cayenne. Additionally, the winner will have exclusive use of world-class golf clubs and a complimentary LuxBlack game-day kit.
To keep the ball rolling the kitchen will following the competition with a three-course banquet including Charcuterie Boards, a dish of Kurobuta Roast Pork with an apple, and a dessert of Rhubarb Crumble. Kids meals and mini putt-putt will also be available on the day.
Address: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Bookings: (02) 9337 5444 (12pm, 1pm, or 3pm lunch sittings)
Primus Hotel Sydney (CBD)
Sydney’s new, increasingly popular (have you seen their rooftop pool?!) Primus Hotel Sydney are putting a bit of a muscular twist on the classic High Tea experience, offering what they call “The G’N’Tea” in their art-deco lobby. It’s a dude food twist with dishes like oyster Kilpatrick, wagyu sliders, and beef and burgundy pies coupled with heady cocktails like The Godfather (amaretto and American whisky). If your dad doesn’t ‘get’ high tea this might be the opportunity to make a convert out of him.
Address: 339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8027 8000
Still not sure of what kind of gift to get dad? Check our Gift Guide for ideas.