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Bite size: the Sydney restaurants (and one bar) to try this month

Pull up a seat at these new (and new-ish) venues in town.

By David Matthews
Double Deuce Lounge
An unashamedly 70s-themed bar, a polished new dining floor from a long-standing restaurant, and an international hotpot chain. These are the latest Sydney venues we're loving this month.

Double Deuce Lounge

The team from Ramblin' Rascal have opened Double Deuce Lounge in a CBD basement. The theme is loosely "'70s porn chic", and table service, menus clipped into saucy VHS cases, red-leather booths and a furry wall primed for stroking give it all a Boogie Nights feel from when Dirk Diggler was still on the up. Cocktails are fruit forward, and include a spin on a Cosmo flavoured with rosella and pomegranate, while the soundtrack features the likes of Ronnie Laws and Curtis Mayfield. Dig it.
6 Bridge St, Sydney

Wine Bank

It means forgoing the sights and sounds of the main dining room, but for those who seek more privacy in more cloistered surrounds there's plenty to like about Golden Century's new Wine Bank. Service is more of a thing (although I'm not sure if waitstaff portioning out XO pipis is more fun than diving in yourself), and the wine offer has expanded even further, running deep in the rare and vintage areas.
Level 3, 393-399 Sussex St, Sydney, (02) 9240 8000

Haidilao

Global hotpot chain Haidilao is renowned for its service, and Australia's first outpost lands with a nail spa available while you wait and the option of a "dancing noodle" show to finish. The sprawling space is Scandi-chic, and soups are rich, with solid sides, including pristine vegetables, silky prawn paste, a good range of offal and a decent seafood offer. It may not match the hype, but the hype is large. Book ahead.
Level 6, Westfield, 1 Anderson St, Chatswood, (02) 9411 2006
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