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Newcastle marches on its stomach... and culinary delights lurk around every corner


Smart, delicious food and excellent service makes Subo a leader among Newcastle fine diners. And why not, when Beau and Suzie Vincent (aka Su-Bo) banged pans at Tetsuya’s, Guillaume and Claude’s? Their combined culinary wizardry keeps this tiny yet terrific dining room humming.


Decked out like a gothic Andalusian castle, this ambitious eatery merges Mediterranean and north African cuisines to scintillating effect. Generous charcuterie boards abound and the ballotine of juicy chicken and pancetta with meaty mushroom centre is moreish in the extreme.

Soul Foods

Newcastle makes an artform of reclaimed spaces and, having won back this grand room of scalloped columns and ornate deco ceilings from a fried chicken chain, Soul Foods can claim a victory for slow food over fast food.

Merewether Surfhouse

Newcastle’s answer to Bondi Icebergs is every bit as spectacular, with sweeping ocean views and an awesome array of food offerings, day and night.


Occupying a heritage building once home to the railway paymaster with views through the pines to the Harbour foreshore, this deluxe mod-Oz venue is where Novacastrians come to be watered and spoiled.


Everything is made from scratch by hand at this buzzy BYO Italian bistro famous among locals for its pizzas, gutsy pastas and cheesy rider garlic bread.

Restaurant Mason

This upmarket bistro by Chris and Ami Thornton pulls a smart crowd via highly creative food like hen’s egg in a deep-fried potato shell swimming in yellow polenta with a side of autumn mushrooms.


Seaside breezes into the heart of Newcastle carry the sweet vapours of chef Jerarmie Heywood’s fine diner. His market-driven menu has the best of surf and turf.


Tapas temple, wine bar and cosy couples nirvana, Bocados is a rustic Spanish kitchen where ‘sharing is caring’...


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Updated on 10 Mar 2014.

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