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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

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.

Mu­nich Brauhaus.

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