Crime & dine: Where Sydney’s underbelly lunch and brunch
Whether it's a "hit'' or a major drug deal, many a crime has been organised over a long lunch at some of Sydney's finest restaurants.
So cashed-up from their enterprises are some of the city's more colourful characters that they can afford to dine at the very best.
The Saturday Telegraph is not suggesting the restaurant owners are aware of these sorts of goings on in their businesses, which have become popular among the city's law makers and breakers.
The Grotto restaurant in the eastern suburbs was so often frequented by Sydney gangsters and visiting mafia figures from Griffith that police went as far as having a bug installed at one of the tables.
BILL AND TONI'S
For 50 years the Darlinghurst institution has been one of the favoured hangouts for crooks and cops alike.
Word spread among the more unsavoury of Sydney's citizens in the '60s and '70s of its well-priced quick meals, making it a popular venue.
It also became a favoured feeding spot for cops because it was cheap, close to NSW police headquarters and they could check out who else was there.
Across the road from Bill and Toni's, Bar Reggio is well patronised by members of the legal fraternity and their sometimes dodgy clients.
It was here that Bandido bikie sergeant at arms Rodney Monk was dining with his mates in 2006 when he went out the back lane to meet someone but met with a hail of bullets instead.
Pitt Street is home to one of Sydney's classic cops and robbers restaurants. Not far from the Downing Centre Court, at lunch time it's not unusual to see cops from a court case at one table and the defendants at another.
Dirty cop Roger Rogerson was a big fan of Chinese - especially if someone else was paying - and loved the "Century'' in Haymarket. Also favoured by people who keep odd hours because it stays open so late. It's not unusual to see a table full of tattooed bikies inside.
One of the favoured haunts of all types of characters, past and present, in Double Bay. On any day you can see former convicted drug dealer Billy Bayeh sipping coffee.
It was famous for being a regular hangout spot for mafia boss Pasquale Barbaro, who was seen regularly at the coffee shop-come-supper lounge.
Hells Angel boss Angelo Pandeli was a regular at the many restaurants there, but most of Sydney's known bikies and criminals have been barred.
Still popular with young up-and-coming crooks and the undercover cops who are watching them.
Popular with killer and drug dealer Michael Ibrahim before he was jailed.
The 40-year-old even took one of his associates - who he didn't know at the time was an undercover cop - to the classy restaurant in Rose Bay to meet several of his contacts.