Hg2 : The Hedonist


Set in a renovated Victorian homestead, with stained-glass windows and a pretty courtyard, this is one of the more neighbourly Turkish restaurants in Sydney. It’s the ideal place to share snacky plates with a group of friends and remember those heady nights in Istanbul. Mezze to share is the order of the day; order four apiece and a main and eat with gusto. It’s all delicious stuff, like fat, juicy prawns, Sucuk Kofte spicy lamb kofte on warm humus or the splendidly-named ‘efendy begendi’, which is a four-hour ‘Yahni’ slow-braised beef cheek with olives and smoky eggplant purée. Drinks-wise, try some Efes Pilsen Turkish beer or ‘raki’ – the dubious yet potent Turkish spirit. All meals should finish with thick, sludgy Turkish coffee while you nibble on fragrant squares of lokum, a traditional Turkish sweet, and if there’s still room (there’s always room) for a nightcap, you’re in luck. Balmain has one of the highest concentrations of excellent pubs per capita and you’re in stumbling distance from many of the good ‘uns like The London or The Exchange.

Corner Darling Street, 79 Elliott Street,
+61 2 9810 5466
Opening Times
noon (9am Sat/Sun)-10pm. Closed Mondays.
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