Our latest edition of the Guide by The Office Space, our culinary and cultural checklist for discerning folk who work and play outside the box, features a mix of old faves and new joints to explore and experience. You can find it at both our share office locations and on the counters of shops and cafes in Surry Hills. Herewith, a discerning cut of our most frequented across the board:
- Dead Ringer: Fresh and aromatic concoctions brought to you by the cocktail masters behind Bulletin Place. Enjoy tipples on the terrace balcony out front and seasonal dishes with genius flavour pairings in the diner out back. Expect all things on point, of the moment and on trend, including staff and clientele.
- Tokyo Bird: An authentic and compact Japanese saké, whisky and yakitori den tucked away down a quiet lane. You can easily get lost in translation after a few Suntory’s on ice! All that’s missing is Bill Murray and a karaoke machine.
- Paramount Coffee Project: Barista’s in this light-filled polished concrete laboratory-style café with soaring ceilings keep regulars intrigued with their quest for experimental brews. Bean varieties are constantly imported from different roasters and rotated to mix things up. Expresso, filter, drip – they do it all.
- Master: An energetic hub where young chefs who’ve clocked up collective experience in the kitchens of Quay, Momofoku Seiōbo and Noma experiment with creative and deliciously playful takes on Chinese cooking.
- Firedoor: The heat is on in this industrial-style fine diner focusing on wood-fired cooking from the Michelin-starred hands of Lennox Hastie. He’s the ex chef of the Basque Country’s Asador Extebarri, regarded as one of the top restaurants in the world.
- Nomad: A Nordic warehouse-style eatery set amongst the ’hood’s top-tier creative agencies. Watch the drama unfold from the central kitchen over shared plates with a Moorish influence whilst sampling wines from its cavernous cellar door.
- The Standard Store: A treasure trove merchandising effortlessly cool clothing and quirky accessories for ladies and gents. Perennial favourites include dresses with inspired prints from Sessùn, Carven’s offbeat gamine designs, and YMC for a distinctive edge.
- Planet: If the sandalwood scent emanating from this luxury and sustainable homewares store doesn’t lure you in, the glimpse of locally crafted ceramics, recycled vintage fabrics and modernist furniture will. It’s brilliant for intrinsically beautiful and original gifts, even if you end up giving them to yourself!
- Golden Age Cinema: Settle into a glorious time warp inside the emerald green Art Deco screening room of the former Paramount Pictures head office. The program harks back to cult classics with a sprinkling of new release art-house flicks, whilst the swanky adjoining bar would get David Lynch’s seal of approval.
- InYoga: Salute the sun before the office beckons, squeeze in a lunchtime session, or settle into this spacious sanctuary en route home. Practices run all day offering meditation plus alignment and dynamic flow classes to recharge your chakras.