Good Food Guide 2022: The It List - next big things in NSW

While Clare Smyth (pictured) originally intended to be in Sydney for the launch of Oncore, February '22 looks more likely.
While Clare Smyth (pictured) originally intended to be in Sydney for the launch of Oncore, February '22 looks more likely. Photo: Supplied

Restaurants that have just opened, or are just about to open.

Oncore by Clare Smyth

One of the most anticipated restaurant launches of the year. UK-based chef Clare Smyth's restaurant joins other high-profile Crown casino attractions including Woodcut, a'Mare and glitzy sushi temple Nobu.

Crown Sydney, Level 26/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, 02 8871 7171, indulge/oncore-by-clare-smyth

One of the dishes at Oncore by Clare Smyth on level 26 of Crown Sydney, Barangaroo.
For Good Food, Nov 2, 2021

One of the dishes at Oncore by Clare Smyth. Photo: Supplied

Shell House

Sixpenny head chef Aaron Ward has left the snug embrace of Stanmore for the broad arms of the big city. He will be on the pans, taking up the role of head chef at this four-in-one venue, which will also include a cocktail bar, rooftop bar and bistro.

37 Margaret St, Sydney, 02 8262 8888,

Sky Bar at Shell House.

Sky Bar at Shell House. Photo: James Brickwood

101 George Street 

The Rocks has a new kid on the block with the latest from the Swillhouse Group (Shady Pines, Baxter Inn, Hubert, Alberto's Lounge) coming in hot on the old Phillip's Foote site, opposite the MCA. A pop-up Euro-style wine bar will be in place till early February, when construction begins on the permanent venue.


101 George St, The Rocks,

The 101 George Street crew.

The 101 George Street crew. Photo: Ethan Smart


The little 14-seat "restaurant that could" is on sabbatical, set to welcome guests again from March. The break is more than well deserved for the wife-and-husband team of Astrid McCormack and Josh Lewis who, in order to spend more time with family, transformed their Brunswick Heads bellwether into a cracking ramen bar for the second half of 2021.

2/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads, 02 6685 1363,

Astrid McCormack at Fleet, Brunswick Heads.

Astrid McCormack at Fleet, Brunswick Heads. Photo: Avalon Lane Photography


Chef Jemma Whiteman (Billy Kwong, Pinbone, Lankan Filling Station, Cafe Paci) and Black Market Sake founder Matt Young (Fratelli Paradiso, 10 William St) have teamed up to give Newtown the sake bar it deserves. With 60 sakes by the glass and whatever deliciousness Whiteman decides to put on the plate, good times are sure to follow.

146 King St, Newtown,


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This article features in the Good Food Guide 2022 magazine, published on November 30 with presenting partners Citi and Vittoria Coffee, and free with The Sydney Morning Herald. Also on sale from December 7 in newsagents and supermarkets.