Five to Try: Sydney’s New Dining Precincts

March 2, 2020 - 8:36am
Che-Marie Trigg
Image Broadsheet | Kimberley Low

This city loves a precinct – a hub where you can get coffee, snacks, lunch, dinner and more. And they’re getting better and better, populated by whip-smart operators turning out food that is creative and tasty. (Plus, they’re a great option for the indecisive and time-poor.)

A bunch of new dining hubs have appeared around Sydney recently, with developers hoping to keep a captive audience hanging around for breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus coffee and snacks). It’s not a new phenomenon – shopping-centre food courts have been doing the same for decades. But these precincts are generally more visually appealing with higher-quality tenants. They’re the sorts of places you’d happily lose a couple of hours – think Barangaroo’s sprawl of casual eateries and fine-diners; Tramsheds in Glebe; and The Cannery in Rosebery, with its cult-cool tenants such as Archie Rose, Black Star Pastry and Three Blue Ducks.

The Catch

In the last year we’ve seen a petite four-venue precinct bring sophisticated dining to Western Sydney, a megalithic inner-city complex with 70 retail and dining outlets, and a laneway hub catering to office workers. Here’s a rundown.

Campbell’s Stores, The Rocks
You’ve probably seen Campbell’s Stores dozens of times and never paid them much mind – they’ve been around almost as long as Sydney has. They’re the line of sandstone warehouses along the waterfront at The Rocks. Until recently the area housed four venues, including an Indian restaurant and an Italian joint.

What’s the story?
The heritage-listed mid-19th-century warehouses that make up Campbell’s Stores were recently given a little TLC. At the moment they’re home to three eateries: The Catch, a seafood diner led by a Michelin-starred chef; 6Head, a premium steakhouse; and a pop-up version of modern Greek restaurant Alpha, which will be in the space until at least May. Once all the tenants have arrived there’ll be seven restaurants and bars in total.

Broadsheet’s pick
The tower of seafood at The Catch. Feast on cured salmon, spanner crab, chilled mussels and king prawns (all served on a bed of ice), with two of the world’s most iconic structures – the Harbour Bridge and Opera House – at your feet. We can’t think of anything better.

The Catch

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