Bronte Road Bistro
If you happen to be in the eastern beaches area – or power-walking along the famous Bondi to Bronte walk – take a (long) detour to the top of Bronte Road for one of the best bistros in Sydney. A culinary powerhouse runs this neighbourly local eatery, with chef Dave Pegrum in the kitchen – he was once the head chef at Tetsuya’s, and his finely-tuned French bistro classics are flawless. With a leafy courtyard, semi-al fresco glass atrium, and a bright ‘n’ airy dining room, it’s an excellent spot for a light meal. Order a glass (or two) of wine and snack on a basic Caprese salad or a charcuterie plate, with morsels of spicy calabrese salami, jamón serrano and creamy chicken liver pate. Make sure you order Iggy’s bread, which is sourced from a nearby bakery with a cult-like following. The bistro encourages lingering, but there are a couple of bar stools to perch on if you just want a quick vino and a bite at the eat-at bar.