Dead Ringer

Top choice

Modern Australian

in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

This charcoal-fronted terrace is a laid-back haven of quality eating and drinking. Graze on the short, brilliant menu that changes slightly daily and runs from bar snacks through tapas to mains. Though well presented, the food's all about flavour combinations rather than airy artistry. The 'feed-me' menu ($59) is great value and there's always something interesting to accompany by the glass.

Mondays are meat-free. Dropping by for just a drink is also an option: staff shake some really excellent and original cocktails. Try their house aperitif, a refreshing blend of wine, vermouth, strawberry and tonic, or come for weekend brunch with bottomless mimosa spritzes (two hours, $75).