Old City Newtown THE F MEDITERRANEAN SALAD_prawn cutlets, chicken pieces, octopus, pan fried, tossed in olive oil, lemon, garlic chilli, parsley served on a salad of baby rocket, cucumbers, spanish onion & olives (5)

Dinner at Old City is so good it hurts

“I’ve never had anyone say anything bad about our haloumi, so if you do, I’ll punch you in the face!” he said with a laugh.

Sure, when an executive chef of Old City, a restaurant in Sydney’s Newtown makes that threat, you’re not going to push it; but thankfully, the haloumi – one of their prized menu items – and the remainder of the restaurant’s extensive offering can’t be faulted. And that’s just the beginning.

Old City Newtown THE F DIPS TRIO_A delicious trio of our homemade Dips, baba ganouj, hummus, labne & pita bread

Old City is one of those lesser known gems along one of the most popular streets in Sydney. Just tucked away off the main sprawl of Newtown’s King St., Old City offers something different that once you experience, lingers for that bit longer than most.

It is spacious, airy, practically-yet-functionally decorated and is the kind of establishment where the food is allowed to be the star rather than anything else.

Old City Newtown THE F ISLAND SALAD_Tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots, fresh mint, chili, garlic, baby capers, spanish onion, crispy pita pieces, red wine vinegar & olive oil topped with a feta foam (1)

They do Greek inspired fare. See their menu here. Think octopus, the risk-laden haloumi, za’atar spiced chicken, and spatchcock amongst other things and an extensive enough bar, your bartender will tell you they can make anything!

Old City is an homage to the old world in the fast-paced and in-high-demand nature of a restaurant in the new city, capitalising on what it does so well for a discerning range of customers with a palpable respect for good food. It’s a must-visit.

Old City Newtown THE F BBQ OCTOPUS_braised 3hr cooked octopus, tossed in cherry tomatoes, spanish onion, olives, roquette, basil & dressed in a sweet chili balsamic (2)

Old City Newtown THE F LAMB SKEWERS_Served with chunky salad, tzatziki & pita bread (1)

Old City Newtown THE F ZUCCHINI FLOWERS_Light tempura battered zucchini flowers, with grated pecorino cheese, white truffle oil & lime zest

Old City Newtown THE F ZA’ATAR CHICKEN_Maryland chicken with middle eastern spices, za’atar composed of sesame seeds, thyme and sumac. topped with a pomegranate molasses (2)

Old City Newtown THE F PRAWNS_Prawn cutlets cooked in tomato passata with chili, garlic, shallots, olives, white wine & crumbled feta served with crusty bread

 

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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