The destruction of the Sydney Entertainment Centre has spawned the city’s newest hangout, Darling Square. Part of the state government’s Darling Harbour revitalisation project, which also includes a new convention centre and IMAX cinema, Darling Square offers a host of interesting bars, shops and eateries for locals and visitors to enjoy.
The precinct offers a relaxed atmosphere; a casual spot to catch up with friends. And on the Wednesday night that I visit there are hordes of people doing just that. All of the eateries in Darling Square follow the casual brief; from diner/arcade/burger-joint 8bit, to Greek snack-spot Gyradiko, to mouthwatering patisserie Saga.
DOPA by Devon is one of the newest restaurants to open at Darling Square. It’s a unique concept developed by the team behind Devon Cafe. The Japanese-inspired menu has an even split of savoury to sweet dishes, with the former being dominated by 20 variations of donburi.
Where Sydney has been swept with sushi and ramen fever in recent years, donburi hasn’t enjoyed too much of the limelight as far as Japanese dishes go. The dish is simple; it’s essentially a rice bowl with some form of meat, seafood or vegetables on top. At DOPA by Devon, you can choose from classics like the teriyaki chicken or katsu pork, or opt for something from out of left-field like cheeseburger wagyu. I order the grilled teriyaki eggplant, bok choi and tofu donburi in a set with miso soup and salad, leaving me totally satiated. But of course, there’s still room for dessert.
DOPA’s dessert kitchen works like a well-oiled machine. As I line up to order a strawberry kakigori – an amazing concoction of shaved ice, strawberries and strawberry gelato – I’m absolutely mesmerised by the chefs meticulously putting the finishing touches on a line-up of desserts that are simply destined for Instagram fame. And they taste as good as they look too, offering an ideal end to the exciting new dining experience in the heart of Sydney.
Find out more: darlingsq.com/eat-drink-shop/dopa-by-devon
DOPA by Devon
Shop 5-6, 2 Little Hay Street