Chippendale has been evolving over the past few years into a happening neighborhood with exciting new spots constantly opening. Ester was one of the first, located in a slick, industrial-style space that was previously a parking lot. The food here mainly comes out of the wood-fired oven (your family-style dishes will sometimes arrive with a dusting of charcoal): burnt-butter prawns and whole chickens, cauliflower heads, and braised goat. But no matter what else you order, start your meal with the wood-fired oysters and a blood sausage sanga (that’s a sandwich).
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A pasta bar that plays hip hop could go horribly wrong. Luckily, ACME gets it right. Head here for date night.
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