The Commons

The Commons
The Commons Photo: Daniel Boud

32 Burton Street Darlinghurst, New South Wales 2010

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Opening hours Tues-Wed 6pm-midnight; Thurs noon-midnight; Fri noon-1am; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 8am-11pm
Features Licensed, Vegetarian friendly, Accepts bookings, Bar, Outdoor seating, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Green-eco focus, Private dining, Romance-first date
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9358 1487

The Commons claims to be Sydney’s cosiest venue, and in winter when the fireplaces are crackling it’s hard to argue. The cottagey sandstone building does its bit, too, as do seasonal food offerings and a group-grazing menu. Fried zucchini blossoms contrast crisp outer with oozing ricotta filling, while a pot of mussels – sweet, small, local – comes laced in a cream and white wine sauce that’s velvety enough to sip as an indulgent soup. Devilled spatchcock, a little bird with a saintly rub, is fragrant with spice, served with Tuscan cabbage and broccoli sauté. Cosy? Sure is.