THE ROCKS/WALSH BAY
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 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
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.