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Ursula's: Restaurant review

How refreshing to find a new Sydney restaurant that isn’t trying too hard to be sexy or hip.


How refreshing to find a new Sydney restaurant that isn't trying too hard to be sexy or hip. This double-storey heritage terrace has an almost Audrey Hepburn-esque innocence to it; it's pretty, not pretentious, and comforting rather than challenging. But that doesn't mean it's boring. Owner-chef Phil Wood and his partner Lis Davies pull out all sorts of clever tricks. The butter sauce beneath French-style roast Bannockburn chicken, gai lan and mushroom duxelles comes with a twist: the savoury lilt of kombu. Desserts surprise by travelling over the globe, from retro CWA-inspired golden-syrup dumplings to a Southeast Asian pandan custard. The wine list, meanwhile, ranges from edgy to immediately recognisable. In the context of a homely, sunshine-hued dining room with white tablecloths and scalloped crockery, all this may read as disjointed on paper. In reality, it simply feels warm and jolly – not just comfortable, but content in its own skin.


92 Hargrave St, Paddington
0499 525 235
Chef Phil Wood
Price guide $$$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access No
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