Urban Eats

If you know the menus of your local suburban restaurants backwards, maybe you need to see what new in town. Why not head to Darling Square, where incredible food and a fantastic city vibe are waiting for you.

Start with Vietnamese at Hello Auntie, the city sister restaurant of the Marrickville institution. Here head chef Cuong Nguyen is pushing the boundaries between traditional Vietnamese dishes and modern Australian cuisine.

Try the Pho Fried Chicken, chicken pieces brined in pho broth, then deep fried. Or the massive goi cung plate – roll your own rice paper rolls with smoked pork, turmeric chicken and rare steak. There’s also the Bahn Xeo, a super crispy coconut pancake filled with pork, prawns and bean sprouts.

A few doors up is Hakatamon Ramen, serving up their signature tonkatsu ramen from the Hakata district in Japan. The pork stock is rich and creamy and it’s served with a bunch of toppings and condiments.

You can also try the Shoyu ramen with chicken and prawn won tons. As with all the ramen here, the complex stock is made from scratch on the premises. They also do a fantastic Pork Katsu Curry and a Japanese take on the Chinese bao buns.

Felling hungry?

Hello Auntie Darling Square
8072 8838
Shop 2/16 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket NSW

Hakatamon Ramen, Haymarket
7903 0733
6-8 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket NSW