Take a wander around a world of food in central Sydney with Chanel Gallen

Paper Planes Bondi, Japanese

A modern Japanese restaurant and bar that pays homage to its hip Bondi location with a collage of skateboards cluttering the roof. Take a friend and try the ‘Kick Flip’ platter for two. Salmon nachos, king fish carpaccio and a selection of sashimi and sushi rolls served on the signature skateboard deck.
Shop 15, 178 Cambell Parade, Bondi Beach
See paperplanesbondi.com

El Loco, Mexican

This Surry Hills cantina will make you feel as though you’re ordering straight from the streets of Mexico with $5 spit-roasted pork and lemongrass beef tacos. Here the benefits of tequila are plastered to the wall, so get involved with some frozen margaritas.
Excelsior Hotel, 64 Foveaux Street Surry Hills
See merivale.com.au/elloco

Puntino, Italian

Owner Antonio Sabia aka ‘ Big Tony’ has been dishing up his family recipes in Sydney for over a decade. Mozzarella ‘degustazione’ platters and black truffle infused pasta make it hard to leave room for Nutella pizza and tiramisu. If you pass Puntino of a morning you might catch site of Mamma ‘ Big Tony’ making fresh gnocchi for the day.
41 Crown St Woolloomooloo
See puntino.com.au

Xanthi, Greek

This chef-hatted restaurant serves up a mix of modern and traditional Greek cuisine. Bites from the menu include vine leaf dolmathes, pan fried whiting and pork belly baklava. Everything on the wine menu is Greek and the ouzo trolley has 20 different types of the anise aperitif.
Westfield Sydney, corner Pitt Street Mall & Market Street

Ananas, French

Ooh la la. The champagne flows and fresh oysters are shucked to order at this contemporary French Mediterranean Bar & Brasserie. From Thursday through to Sunday supper is served until 3am which will cure any late cravings for salted caramel éclair. Psst – we hear the urinals in the men’s bathroom have caused a bit of controversy, shaped like bright red lip-sticked mouths!
18 Arglye Street, The Rocks Sydney
See www.ananas.com.au