Kensington Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kensington

October 28, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Discover the best restaurant in Kensington, Australia including Flavour of India Edgecliff, Single O Surry Hills, Bourke Street Bakery, Thai Pothong, Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina, X74 Cafe Restaurant, MO Surry Hills, RivaReno Gelato Darlinghurst, Cipri Italian
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1. Flavour of India Edgecliff

128 New South Head Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2027, Australia Parking Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 2 9326 2659
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 293 reviews

Flavour of India Edgecliff

Flavour of India is a proud restaurant institution in Sydney, often referred to as the best Indian restaurant in Sydney - our menu captures flavours and cooking styles from every corner of the beautiful continent that is India.

Reviewed By jmathew22 - Princeton,NJ

Tripadvisor community, you've failed me for the first time.
# 2 (out of 2000) in all of Sydney in the moderately priced category? You can do better.
Context: 7 Keralite Indians looking forward to a delicious last meal in Sydney but was deeply disappointed.
Service: Hard to enjoy when the staff seem angry and snapping at each other.
Food: Why did the chicken Tikka masala have curry leaf in it but the dishes that are supposed to have it not have any?

We ordered the chicken Tikka masala, butter chicken, Kerala beef, green curry fish, and special Dahl.
I have to be honest: none of the dishes met my expectation for the #2 restaurant in Sydney (out of 2000 ). I wouldn't have placed it even in the top 500.

2. Single O Surry Hills

60-64 Reservoir St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +61 2 9211 0665
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Single O Surry Hills

We are a Sydney-based roaster & have a cafe in Surry Hills that some lovely folks have gone so far as to call 'legendary'. Our coffee is responsibly sourced and for the most part responsibly consumed. We are driven. Which could have something to do with the amount of coffee we consume. We aim to inspire coffee passion and exploration, to raise the bar and have customers who don't mind that we're a touch nuts. Our quality standards are uncompromising. For all our joking around, we take the coffee, food & service seriously.

Reviewed By impartialspectator - Sydney, Australia

Been there a couple of times. One of the best cafes in Surry Hills. (It actually is two places, one the corner cafe and then towards Elizabeth Street a hole in the wall where you can have coffee to go. While we were sitting outside,...MoreThanks for the awesome review!

3. Bourke Street Bakery

633 Bourke St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$110 9699 1011
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 418 reviews

Bourke Street Bakery

Reviewed By 273tim - Ballarat

The pies here are amazing. Not your standard cheap mince in gravy, the beef chunks and mushroom, etc... so tasty! Definitely recommend!

4. Thai Pothong

U 4 294 King St, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 +61 2 9550 6277
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Thai Pothong

Reviewed By Julie M - Ryde, Australia

Took close friends here to farewell them back home to Canada, also my birthday. One of the best Thai restaurants I have been to. Alex our waiter was attentive and very friendly - along with all the staff. The cocktails were amazing and the food exceptional! And then there was the surprise birthday gift and dessert - with a happy birthday song by staff. Don't let the size of restaurant fool you - the service, food and the buzz the restaurant had was second to none. Then the $$$$ to spend at their gift store was amazing. We will certainly recommend. Thank you to all.

5. Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst

Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$275 +61 2 9332 1755
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 405 reviews

Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst

The culinary corner stone in the heart of Darlinghurst, Malabar enjoys a long-held reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Executive Chef Mohammed celebrates carefully sourced local ingredients from nearby farmer's market, where he collaborates with local growers. Chef Mohammed's innovative and skilfully executed dishes deliver intelligent compositions and delightful flavours, carefully married to our Australian wine list.

Reviewed By DnJdorset - Christchurch, United Kingdom

Chose this location after checking other reports on Trip Advisor. Highly rated with lovely food and excellent service. Chose the banquet for 2 for choice and had take away left for next day, still delicious. Went on rainy Sunday night, still very busy, best to book beforehand. Highly recommend.

6. Gelato Messina

Shop 1/241 Victoria St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Late Night HK$24 - HK$494 +61 2 8354 1223
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Gelato Messina

Artisan Gelato Store Locations -Darlinghurst Shop 1/241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010Surry Hills389 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010The Star Casino Cafe Court, Level G, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Reviewed By Joshua B - Sydney

Unbelievable selection of ice cream, ever changing flavours and innovation. Great for a date, or chilling by the tv.

7. X74 Cafe Restaurant

10 Bream St | Coogee, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$228 +61 2 9665 2222
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

X74 Cafe Restaurant

World class food prepared by properly trained European chefs and served by friendly,knowledgeable Waitstaff.Fully stocked bar,excellent wine list and terrific Allpress coffee.

Reviewed By NattyO9 - Sydney, Australia

This place was nice. Food was fresh. But staff were just ok and I’ve had better meals elsewhere in Coogee. Don’t understand why it’s no 1. Atmosphere was nice and I like the location. But all in all, it was just ok.

8. MO Surry Hills

168 Campbell St | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$110 +61 92122258
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

MO Surry Hills

Killer coffee, incredible food and a relaxed vibe right in the heart of Surry Hills. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Reviewed By Liz W - Stafford, England, United Kingdom

First morning in Sydney after long haul flight from UK. Found this place round the corner from where we are staying. Inconspicuous outside, inside, light, clean and chilled atmosphere, obviously popular with locals. Friendly service, greeted straightaway and invited to choose a table. Great choice of freshly cooked breakfast. We chose the full cooked breakfast, and smashed avocado on toasted sour dough bread. Good presentation and perfect cooked poached eggs. A good brew of tea with proper leaves.

9. RivaReno Gelato Darlinghurst

280 Crown St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating Vegetarian Friendly Late Night +61 2 9356 2669
Excellent
84%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

RivaReno Gelato Darlinghurst

Famous for all natural ingredients, freshness, purity and intense flavours, RivaReno contains no hydrogenated fat, preservatives, colours or flavours. Gelato is made in small batches several times a day to ensure ultra-freshness in the in-store lab. Gelato is stored in traditional Italian pozzetti (cylindrical containers) deep inside the counter, avoiding exposure to air for better conservation.

Reviewed By kate_014014 - Sydney, Australia

Ignored while the staffer played on their phone. When another person was eventually served I queried if I was perhaps in the wrong area and could not be served there as I was waiting far longer than then... was then told repeatedly and dismissively that she'd just come on to shift, just arrived for shift, just arrived for shift, just come on to shift.... jeez okay maybe ask who was next then, or look up from your phone to see me standing there alone for five minutes.
Instead she told the other person she had to stop serving them and serve me
Gosh it's only ice cream I'll get it from one of the billion other places where the staff don't keep saying shift

10. Cipri Italian

10 Elizabeth St, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales 2021, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 2 9331 3333
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Cipri Italian

Reviewed By CJBurns - Sydney, Australia

Food was fantastic, appetisers included Hokkaido Island Scallops and grilled Calamari were to die for. A great start to a great night. Mains included twice roasted suckling pig, lamb rump and the blue eye cod, all terrific. We finished up with the best Deserts we have had in a long time, Sesame Seed Cannoli, Pistachio Pannacotta and Tiramisu.
Coffee was good, atmosphere is great and service was fantastic thanks to Octavio the legend but the kitchen delivered top notch food indeed.
No doubt we will be back. Great place and highly recommended

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