Restaurants in Review
360 BAR AND DINING. Modern Australian. This stylish and intimate restaurant offers guests an indulgent culinary experience with 360o revolving views of the city. With dark mahogany wood finishes and soft ambient lighting, 360 Bar and Dining provides a breathtaking setting with an unbeatable backdrop. In the kitchen, traditional techniques are combined with contemporary flair to create seasonally changing menus utilising the best in fresh produce.
Reception Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–2pm and dinner Mon–sun 5.30pm–9pm. 8223 3883. 360dining.com.au
ANANAS. French. Say Bonjour to Ananas! Inspired by the original Ananas Bar and Brasserie, Ananas is a slice of Southern France in the heart of Sydney’s historic Circular Quay. Boasting a light and spacious interior with views of the Harbour Bridge and just a short walk from the Opera House, Ananas offers pre- and post-theatre dining options using seasonal ingredients all prepared with a touch of French flair.
2 Phillip Street, Circular Quay. Daily, lunch 12pm–3pm, bar menu 3pm–5pm and dinner 5pm–10pm. 9259 5624. ananas.com.au
BOTANIC GARDENS RESTAURANT. Modern Australian. The picturesque Botanic Gardens Restaurant is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining in exquisite garden surrounds. Enjoy a lunch during the week, or long breakfast on the weekends, and indulge in quality food with their seasonally changing menus. The café provides an excellent casual spot for lunch with a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, baked goods and excellent coffee.
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. Restaurant: Lunch daily 12pm–3pm. Breakfast Sat and Sun 9.30am–11.30am. Cafe: Daily 8.30am–4.30pm. 1300 558 980. botanicrestaurant.com.au
FRATELLI FRESH. Italian. Fratelli Fresh is Sydney’s leading providore, specialising in fresh produce and serving up authentic Italian fine food. The menu heroes the very best of Italian cooking, where simplicity meets robust flavours and fresh produce. The portions are generous and the menu is extensive with beautifully blended wines to complement a mixture of savoury dishes, pastas and pizzas. Buon Appetito!
11 Bridge Street, Sydney. 9259 5692. 229–231 Macquarie Street, Sydney. 9259 5672. Shop 8, 16 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9259 5674. 52 Mitchell Road, Alexandria. 9259 5691. 81 Macleay Street, Potts Point. 9259 5650. Level 5, Westfield Sydney. 8099 7055. 118 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest. 8099 7070. 211 Bent Street, Moore Park, Entertainment Quarter. 8099 7069. fratellifresh.com.au
GATEWAY SYDNEY. Around The World. This dining precinct at Circular Quay offers a bustling hub of eateries to explore. Open seven days a week, Gateway Sydney is home to more than 25 eateries that focus just as much on the theatre of creating a dish as they do on serving the best quality produce. Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a coffee and afternoon treat, head to Gateway Sydney to try out favourites like Four Frogs Creperie, Burger Project, Chat Thai, Mad Mex, Gelato Messina or Zumbo.
Alfred Street, Circular Quay. 9256 6900. gatewaysydney.com.au
KINGSLEYS AUSTRALIAN STEAKHOUSE. Steakhouse. Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse is housed in a former candle factory. Enjoy a perfect steak and a glass of wine in this rustic steakhouse. They believe in serving premium quality beef in a simple manner allowing true flavour and texture to shine.
29A King Street, Sydney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 6pm–10.30pm. 9295 5080. kingsleysauststeak.com.au
LE PETIT FLOT. French Japanese. Located at The Tank Stream Hotel, Sydney, Le Petit Flot restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine with a Japanese influence. With sharing plates and large communal
tables, you can enjoy French cuisine and fine meats in the heart of Sydney CBD. Experience flavours inspired by French cooking techniques complemented with a Japanese influence.
Level 1, 97 Pitt Street, Sydney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 5.30pm–10pm. 8222 1270. lepetitflot.com
■ THE MEAT & WINE CO CIRCULAR QUAY.
Steakhouse. Located in the lobby of the iconic Intercontinental Sydney, The Meat & Wine Co has spared no expense in bringing this spectacular steakhouse to Sydney Harbour. Rustic wooden walls, original arched windows, luxurious leather seating, and stone features make this the ideal setting for business meetings and romantic dinners alike.
Shop 12, Lobby, The Intercontinental Hotel, 117 Macquarie Street, Circular Quay. Lunch and dinner Sun–thu 12pm–10pm and Fri–sat 12pm–11pm. 9252 7888. themeatandwineco.com
■ MEDUSA GREEK MEZE. Greek. Set in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and part of the Medusa restaurant family, Medusa Greek Meze brings Greek street food to Sydney. You’re invited to sit back and relax within a warm and comfortable setting, as you sip Greek wine and people watch while indulging in the authentic flavours of Greece.
111 York Street, Sydney. Mon–fri 7.30am–10pm. 9283 2423. medusagreekmeze.com.au
■ MEDUSA GREEK TAVERNA. Greek. From the sun soaked hills of Greece comes Medusa Greek Taverna. Traditional family recipes and farm fresh ingredients combined with the love of authentic Greek cooking is what you will find at this restaurant in Sydney’s CBD. Owned and operated by Peter Koutsopoulos, Medusa Greek Taverna succeeds in creating a true Greek experience.
Corner Market and Kent streets, Sydney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3.30pm, dinner Mon– Sat 5.30pm–9pm (last booking). 9267 0799. medusagreektaverna.com.au ■ THE PAVILION. Modern Australian. The Pavilion is seated on the edge of The Domain directly opposite the Art Gallery of NSW. The Pavilion offers a uniquely-shaped curved building, with modern interiors and leafy garden vistas. With an emphasis on fresh produce, the seasonally changing menus are crafted with a modern Australian flare, offering guests quality food matched with attentive service.
1 Art Gallery Road, Sydney. Restaurant: Mon–sun 9am–3pm. Kiosk: Daily 8am–4pm. 1300 300 278. pavilionrestaurant.com.au ■ PORTSIDE SYDNEY. Modern Australian. Relax by the harbour with uninterrupted views and discover one of the Sydney Opera House’s best-kept secrets. With an inventive menu showcasing local seasonal produce and relaxed table-service dining, Portside Sydney features a new look interior including stylish indoor furniture, creating a relaxed lounge space for those looking for an intimate, casual dining experience. Offering pre-theatre dining and high tea as well as brunch, lunch and dinner, Portside Sydney is the perfect place to unwind while looking out over Sydney’s famous harbour.
Western Boardwalk, Sydney Opera House, Sydney. Brunch 10am–12pm, lunch and dinner 12pm–late. 9250 7220. portsidesydney.com.au
■ THE SPICE ROOM. Indian. The Spice Room in the heart of Circular Quay, serves a combination of Indian street food from old Delhi such as Jhal Muri and Mumbai Padpi Chat alongside upmarket dining with Royal Banquets and Tandoori delicacies such as Chicken Tikka Hyderabadi and Paneer Sizzler Skewer Ajwaini. The exotic colours and heady aromas of spices are combined perfectly to create a sublime taste for all patrons.
Ground Floor, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip Street, Sydney. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm and dinner 5pm–10.30pm. 9251 7722. thespiceroom.com.au ■ STEEL BAR AND GRILL. Modern Australian. Steel Bar and Grill have sourced the finest cuts of meat from quality producers and have enhanced their flavour with a natural smokey goodness that only a woodfired grill can produce. If a quick bite and a drink is what you’re after, then grab a spot on their enclosed terrace and try a slider and a glass of wine.
60 Carrington Street, Sydney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 6pm–late. 9299 9997. steelbarandgrill.com ■ SYDNEY TOWER BUFFET. Contemporary. Sydney Tower Buffet offers diners over 60 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines, including modern Australian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and a selection of fresh seafood, not to mention the DIY dessert bar. Attentive and friendly service is matched with spectacular 360o views of the city, making this a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike.
Reception Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney. Daily: Lunch 11.30am–2pm and dinner 5pm–9pm. 8223 3800. sydneytowerbuffet.com.au
THE TEA ROOM QVB. Traditional High Tea. What better way to capture the sense of occasion than with the time honoured ritual of traditional afternoon tea. Indulge in a truly unique experience from Royal Albert fine china and British silverware settings, to the delectable selection of petits fours prepared by the award-winning patissier. Traditional afternoon tea includes a set selection of sweet cakes and savoury pastries, selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with preserve and cream and a wide selection of tea or coffee.
Level 3, North End, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. Morning tea available Mon–fri 10am to midday. Traditional afternoon tea available Mon–sun 10am to close. 9283 7279. thetearoom.com.au
THE ROCKS/WALSH BAY
THE ARGYLE. Contemporary. With six unique spaces under the one roof, The Argyle is perfect for any occasion. Whether it be cocktails in the sleek and stylish Belvedere Bar, drinks in the relaxed lounge, a private party in the intimate surrounds of the Reibey Room, you can even grab a delicious lunch or dinner at The Argyle Canteen.
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Daily 11am–late. 9247 5500. theargylerocks.com
THE CUT BAR & GRILL. Steakhouse. Housed within a heritage cellar in the heart of The Rocks, The Cut Bar & Grill was inspired by New York’s super-chic steak restaurants. The menu celebrates the very finest cuts of prime Australian beef and sustainable seafood and the dishes, cooked to perfection by head chef Joel Wootten and matched with impeccable service and fine wines.
16 Argyle Street, the Rocks. Mon–fri lunch 12pm–3pm and dinner 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9259 5695. cutbarandgrill.com
EL CAMINO CANTINA. Tex-mex. Located in the heart of The Rocks precinct, El Camino Cantina boasts two huge bars featuring fully-restored 1957 Chevy trunks, complimentary fresh salsa and chips and a large dining room, all with an explosive Tex-mex meets rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Think muscle cars, motorbikes and neon signs with glimmering lights. It’s all about big, bold flavours as well as freshly blended margaritas.
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–thu 12pm–12am, Fri–sat 12pm–late, Sun 12pm–10pm. 9259 5668. elcaminocantina.com.au
FISH AT THE ROCKS. Seafood. This family-owned restaurant features images of the early-20th-century fishing boats on its walls, while the menu includes exquisite offerings such as the chef’s signature dish of whole baked baby barramundi stuffed with prawns and vegetables, as well as traditional seafood offerings of oysters, lobster, prawns and scallops plus the daily specials board.
29 Kent Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–2pm, dinner daily from 6pm. 9252 4614. fishattherocks.com.au
MUNICH BRAUHAUS. Bavarian. Munich Brauhaus is a traditional Bavarian bierhaus, where guests can dine, drink and party like Oktoberfest never ended. Located in Sydney’s historic Rocks district it is a bier lovers’ delight. Try the venue’s very own signature Munich Lager, as well as a series of exclusively imported Bavarian Biers, while the menu includes crispy pork belly, pork knuckle, spicy squid and haus-made sausages.
Cnr Argyle and Playfair Streets, The Rocks. Mon–fri 10am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9247 7785. munichbrauhaus.com
■ PONY LOUNGE & DINING. Modern Australian. Pony’s open-plan kitchen features a wood-fired Argentinian grill and the interior includes heritage brick walls, woven art hangings and pendant lights hung from the original timber ceiling. The outdoor deck has a stylish bar and communal dining table, perfect for cocktails, sharing small plates with friends, or a more intimate dinner for two.
The Rocks Centre, cnr Kendall Lane and Argyle Street, The Rocks. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, dinner from 5.30pm. 9252 7797. ponydiningtherocks.com
■ SAKÉ RESTAURANT & BAR. Japanese. Saké Restaurant & Bar combines funky décor and delicious Japanese cuisine to create a truly exciting dining experience. Top executive chefs deliver an intriguing blend of newstyle sushi and classic dishes in a stunning contemporary space. The bar serves 50 kinds of saké as well as contemporary cocktails.
12 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–thur 5.30pm–10.30pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11.30pm, and Sun 5pm–10pm. 9259 5656. Also 33 Cross Street, Double Bay. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, dinner Sun–thur 5.30pm–10pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11pm. 8017 3104. sakerestaurant.com.au
■ WALSH BAY KITCHEN. Modern Australian. Walsh Bay Kitchen is located in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant Arts District at Walsh Bay. Executive chef, Ashley Hughes and head chef, Kay Hwang have worked to create an innovative menu featuring Australian fare and produce from Sydney’s finest providores. The Walsh Bay Kitchen bar offers a space for pre-theatre goers and locals to meet. Furnished with select cosy lounge chairs, complete with an impressive wine list and creative cocktails.
22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tue–sat lunch from midday, dinner from 5pm, Sun dinner from 5pm, as per performances. 1300 368 801. walshbaykitchen.com.au
COCKLE BAY/ DARLING HARBOUR/ KING STREET WHARF
■ BLACKBIRD. Modern Australian. Set in Darling Harbour’s bustling Cockle Bay Wharf, Blackbird uses the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering burgers, stoneoven pizzas and more. The menu is not only satisfying but also adventurous in an atmosphere that exudes sociability.
Balcony level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 11.30am–late. 9283 7385. blackbirdcafe.com.au
■ CASA RISTORANTE ITALIANO. Italian. Head chef Romano has used his Italian history and heritage to create unique dishes to suit the taste buds of Sydney locals and visitors alike. You will enjoy delicious classic Italian food made from Sydney’s freshest produce, with a great wine list to match. The woodfired pizzas are a must and will have you transported to Italy with every bite.
42–48 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Daily 11.30am–late, Sat–sun breakfast from 9am. 9279 4115. lovecasa.com.au
■ GEORGES MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL. Mediterranean. Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill sources the finest produce to create their flavoursome dishes. Georges’ simple and unique concept mixed with their flare and ambiance stems from the heart of the Mediterranean, giving visitors a special dining experience. With stunning views
of Darling Harbour, signature cocktails and unique wines, Georges will definitely seduce your tastebuds!
Wharf 3, The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner 5.30pm–10.30pm and lunch Sat–sun 12pm–4pm, dinner 5.30pm–10.30pm. 9295 5066. georgesrestaurant.com.au
■ HARBOUR BAR & KITCHEN. Modern Australian. Spanning across the balcony level of Harbourside, Harbour Bar & Kitchen (HBK) offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Sydney city skyline from every seat in the house. HBK is a world class dining experience paired with a luxe outdoor bar scene. The menu offers the finest charcoal oven meats, seafood and vegetables, as well as innovative smaller share plates.
Shop 437 & 447, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2–10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour. Mon–sun 9am–late. 9280 2029. harbourbarandkitchen.com.au
■ MEAT DISTRICT CO. Modern Australian. At Meat District Co, the hanging cured meats, fall-off-the-bone ribs and fresh-made bread will leave nothing to be desired. Their menu features tender and juicy steaks, slow roasted ribs, succulent burgers, the freshest of salads, irresistible desserts.
Shop R3, 11 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 11am–late. 9299 9762. meatdistrictco.com.au
■ SORENZO. Japanese. Sorenzo brings contemporary Japanese flavours to Darling Harbour for guests to experience whilst taking in the calming waterfront views of the harbour. Ranging from sashimi to wagyu steaks, Sorenzo encompasses the ever-changing Japanese cuisine by infusing Japanese flavours into western ingredients to provide a fresh change of pace, whilst keeping some of the Japanese favourites for the traditionalists.
Shop 347, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour. 9211 9550. sorenzo.com.au
■ STEERSONS. Steakhouse. Steersons offers premium quality in all aspects of their dining experience—from the restaurant setting to the excellent steak. Their steaks are second to none in quality, taste and texture; they are succulent and sumptuous and matched by an impressive and extensive wine list featuring Australian and imported wines. If you are a steak lover, then a visit to Steersons is a must.
17 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, dinner 5.30pm– 10.30pm. 9295 5060. steersons.com.au
■ GUNNERS’ BARRACKS. Modern Australian/ High Tea. This former military barracks was originally designed and constructed in 1873. Grand Pacific Group restored and re-opened Gunners’ Barracks in 2005 as a stunning dining and events venue. With views across Sydney harbour and interior features including hand-printed Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Czech crystal chandeliers and ornate antique furniture, Gunners’ Barracks truly is a world class dining experience.
End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights, Mosman. Devonshire, morning and afternoon tea from 10am weekdays. Afternoon tea from 10am weekends. À la carte lunch from 12pm Mon–fri. 8962 5900. gunnersbarracks.com.au
■ CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES. Modern Australian/high Tea. Dining on Sydney’s shimmering harbour is a must and Captain Cook Cruises offers premium dining onboard Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ships. A comprehensive range of breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner options are available over four decks and private dining rooms. For the ultimate dining experience try the Gold or Platinum Penfolds dinner options including six course degustation dining and a selection of Australia’s most celebrated wines.
Circular Quay No.6 Jetty Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. 9206 1111. captaincook.com.au
360 Bar and Dining dessert.
Medusa Greek Meze.
El Camino Cantina.
Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian feast. Photo: Paul Mcmahon.