Stellar HQ has been based in the ever-colourful Surry Hills ‘hood’ for quite some time, so we’ve had ample time to check out the array of dining spots in the area. We’re spoilt for choice in the Hills, with new venues popping up faster than you can down a Bourke Street Bakery sausage roll. While it was challenging, we’ve rounded up our favourite dining and drinking venues – from trusted ‘oldies’ to new kids on the block – for meetings, lunches, breakfasts and those coffee hits in-between.
Our work days wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our favourite Colombian café. Always greeted with a smile, this cosy nook on Fitzroy Street serves up Colombian brews with a bite, along with South American specialties such as arepas and quesadillas. And it’s hard to leave without one of their wicked sweet treats in-hand.
Orto is our go-to for brekkie business meetings. With its airy outlook, homely décor and spacious tables, it’s ideal for hosting a crowd. Not to mention their top-notch coffee, generous portions and seasonal menu, that showcases the freshest ingredients. We can’t go past their TOG – tomato, olive tapenade and goats curd on toast.
This hole-in-the-wall sandwich mecca is our latest discovery, along with many other locals- judging by the lines that snake out the door every lunchtime! But it’s worth braving the crowds for their moreish pork belly and chicken katsu sarnies served up on crusty baguettes – the ultimate lunch order on a winter’s day.
This buzzy Italian restaurant on Bourke Street serves up piping hot pizza just how it’s done in Italy. Adding to the authentic experience are the charming Italian wait staff, along with Vacanza’s bellissimo buffalo mozzarella bar and antipasti. Florence is a daydream away with the Nutella and ricotta calzone for dessert.
The Carrington is our trusty all-rounder; whether it’s a drinking spot to finish the working week or a sneaky mid-week $10 lunch choice. Perch on a stool inside the dark but cool pub space, or soak up the sunshine outdoors with a beer or jug of sangria. Their pie floaters and schnitzels make for a top pub lunch.
By Jenna Chaitowitz