Restau­rants in Review

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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. 360din­

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.

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. botani­crestau­

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. fratel­

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. gate­waysyd­

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. kings­leysaust­

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. lep­etit­


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. the­meatand­

■ 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. medusagreek­

■ 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. medusagreek­tav­ ■ 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. pavil­ion­restau­ ■ 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. port­sidesyd­

■ 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. thes­pice­ ■ 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. steel­barand­ ■ 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. syd­ney­tower­buf­

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. thetea­


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. thear­gyle­

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. cut­barand­

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. el­

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. fishatthe­

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. mu­nich­

■ 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. pony­din­ingth­e­

■ 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. sak­er­estau­

■ 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. wal­sh­bayk­


■ 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. black­bird­

■ 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. love­

■ 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. georges­restau­

■ 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. har­bour­barand­

■ 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. meat­dis­

■ 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.

■ 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.


■ 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. gun­ners­bar­


■ 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. cap­tain­

360 Bar and Din­ing dessert.

Gate­way Syd­ney.

Me­dusa Greek Meze.

El Camino Cantina.

Mu­nich Brauhaus, Bavar­ian feast. Photo: Paul Mcma­hon.

Gun­ners’ Bar­racks.

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