The Best of Sydney’s Family-Owned Restaurants

Whether it’s sharing stories about their heritage, passing recipes down between generations or just welcoming customers in that family way, these restaurants foster a special feeling and sense of community that’s hard to replicate.

Hello Auntie in Darling Square is a Vietnamese eatery that is a labor of love for Chef Cuong Nguyen and his mother, Thi Da (Lynda) Tran. Chef Nguyen has trained in Italian, French, and Japanese cuisine before deciding to create a concept that would reflect his Vietnamese heritage. Hello Auntie embraces the modern Vietnamese movement while maintaining its authentic flavours and dishes.

XOPP, from the Golden Century Group, is a Cantonese restaurant that has been passed down through generations. Originally owned by Eric and Linda Wong, the restaurant is now under the leadership of their son, Billy Wong. For Billy, XOPP is a true family affair, with support from his parents and brother Alex, who is based in Hong Kong. The restaurant boasts an elegant decor and a creative menu, making it an ideal destination for a special occasion or a romantic night out.

The all day dining venue SAX in Barangaroo is the first project from the Khouri family and has community at heart, bringing the charm of a European wine bar for the whole precinct to enjoy. The wine menu pays homage to venue owner and manager, Bryahne Khouri’s father, and is an extension of the family’s personal collection at home, consisting of small Australian, Italian and French varietals. The family takes great pride in their collection, working together in sourcing their wines from their favourite destinations, both overseas and locally. With its stunning waterfront views and contemporary cuisine, SAX offers a unique dining experience that’s both sophisticated and welcoming.

Love.Fish in Barangaroo is a seafood restaurant co-owned by founders Michael Milkovic and Michelle Grand-Milkovic. When opening the restaurant in 2010, Michael and Michelle had very young children and found it crucial that the business would both operate as a family business, and leave as light a footprint as possible. Love.Fish is a great place to enjoy fresh, local seafood dishes that are good for both your taste buds and the environment.

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