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4 Must-Try Ultimo Restaurants

Sydney’s restaurant scene is forever growing. From waterfront fine dining to cosy local restaurants and bustling food precincts. There is something for everyone, regardless of taste and budget. Calling all food lovers, we have narrowed down the best restaurants in Ultimo Sydney that you simply must try.

1. Salt Meats Cheese Broadway


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Salt Meats Cheese is an iconic family-owned restaurant serving gourmet Italian produce. The restaurant is a local favourite, known for its atmosphere, Neapolitan pizzas and famous cheese wheel pasta. The New-York Style menu features incredible pizzas and all kinds of pasta cooked with fresh, flavourful quality ingredients. The venue and decor are hip and romantic with floor-to-ceiling windows, a large bar serving up all your favourite Italian cocktails and a golden hue of candlelights that makes the atmosphere nice and cosy. Whether you are looking to spend an evening with friends, family or loved one, a visit to Salt Meats Cheese definitely won’t disappoint.

Location: 68 Bay St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5 PM - 9.30 PM, Thurs-Sun 10 AM - 9.30 PM

2. Brainwave Cafe


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Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Harris Street in Ultimo next to the University of Technology Sydney, you will find Brainwave Cafe. The cafe definitely ticks all the boxes for those on the hunt for a really good vegetarian restaurant. Not only is the interior stylish yet relaxed but it really reflects the hip surroundings. The Brainwave Cafe serves up modern Australian-Asian vegetarian food, like Deep-fried Asian Mushrooms, Cold Soba Salad with Japanese Tahini Sauce and Vegan burgers. The desserts are not to be missed either! Enjoy one of restaurant’s mouth-watering sweet dishes like the Creme Brulee with coconut sorbet and Oreo crumbs or the Mango Chia Pudding. Each dish is well-balanced with protein-rich ingredients layered with exotic flavours. The Brainwave Cafe is a must-visit for the area’s best vegetarian food.

Location: 94/732 ( Alleyway) Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8 AM - 6 PM, Thurs-Fri 8 AM - 8 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM - 3 PM.

3. Local MBassy

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The boutique cafe and kitchen Local Mbassy is located on Wattle Street in Ultimo. The menu is a perfect blend of traditional culinary theme and the contemporary food culture of Australia. The menu consists of fresh ingredients both sweet and savoury. You will find dishes like the Kimchi Pork Burger, Avocado and Feta Bruschetta to Slow-cooked Braise and Vegetarian Mousaka. Not to mention their sweets treats such as the Red Velvet Pancakes, Wild Berry Hot Cake and Nutella Nest. You will without a doubt leave this place feeling full and satisfied. The interior makes the place even more unique with its industrial vintage look. The theme of the cafe is inspired by the Australian Prohibition Era. You will find a maze of metal pipes, converted wine barrel tables and quirky vintage seats. For a unique local experience, visit the Ultimo restaurant Local Mbassy and try out their unique menu and coffee.

Location: 310 Wattle Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 06.30 AM - 4 PM, Sat-Sun 07.30 AM - 4 PM

4. Merchants of Ultimo

Merchants of Ultimo is a European food collective in Ultimo’s Broadway Shopping Centre. The restaurant has an artisanal offering with a perfect balance of the exotic and traditional flavouring. You will find five different market stalls under one roof and you can enjoy everything from coffee, cocktails, salads, pastries, pasta, pizzas to wood-fired meats & bread. Everything is made fresh from scratch - all you need is to step inside to see, smell and most importantly taste for yourself. The open kitchen layout and vibrant interior make for an inviting atmosphere that reflects the true character of the restaurants’ cuisine. There is something for everyone at Merchants of Ultimo.

Location: Inside Broadway Shopping Centre,
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7 AM to 9 PM

These are our absolute top picks for the best restaurants to visit in Ultimo Sydney. If you are an Italian pizza-lover the Salt Meats Cheese is a must-visit, but if you prefer exotic flavoured vegetarian food, the Brainwave Cafe will not disappoint. But if you are on the hunt for a juicy burger in an industrial vintage-looking restaurant, you must pop by The Local Mbassy. If you seem to want a bit of everything and can’t decide, well then The Merchants of Ultimo have got you covered.

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