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Ice­bergs Din­ing Room & Bar

Rain, hail or shine, this din­ing room, perched on a rocky clifftop over­look­ing Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach, has to be one of the best-si­t­u­ated in the coun­try. And with head chef Monty Kolu­drovic’s Ital­ian-ac­cented menu, Ice­bergs con­tin­ues to sparkle. Dishes are borne through the din­ing room by el­e­gantly clad staff, land­ing on clothed ta­bles as the sea breeze flows through. For some­thing that re­quires less com­mit­ment but with the same views, pull up a seat at the bar for a Spritz and a snack of Or­tiz an­chovies on toast, or pared-back pasta made with the day’s catch. 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach, (02) 9365 9000, idrb.com

Sean’s

It doesn’t get more Syd­ney than a leisurely Sun­day lunch at Sean Mo­ran’s breezy Bondi restau­rant, where pro­duce-driven plates from the suc­cinct black­board menu cel­e­brate the sea­sons with stripped-back style. Corn chow­der fin­ished with smoked rock oys­ters or a per­sim­mon and quince tri­fle may seem sim­ple, but every detail is given its due by an as­sured and ac­com­mo­dat­ing team that has cul­ti­vated a fiercely loyal clien­tele over the course of two decades. 270 Camp­bell Pde, Bondi Beach, (02) 9365 4924, seanspanaroma.co

Catalina

Dig­ni­fied din­ers with deep pock­ets have flocked to this seafood spe­cial­ist since 1994, where el­e­gantly dressed ta­bles set the scene for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. The likes of poached Western Aus­tralian mar­ron in a grape­fruit and Cam­pari con­sommé, or tagli­atelle nero tossed with Goolwa pipis, di­a­mond shell clams and cut­tle­fish fol­low it through. And the dra­matic seascapes of Rose Bay daz­zle from every an­gle, as does the win­ning wine list. Lyne Park, Rose Bay, (02) 9371 0555, catali­narose­bay.com.au Merivale dou­bles down on the suc­cess of the Queen Chow con­cept with a sec­ond out­post in the for­mer Papi Chulo space on Manly Wharf – and the good news is none of the orig­i­nal’s pre­ci­sion gets lost in transit. Eric Koh’s deft touch in the dim sum depart­ment is just as com­mand­ing, and the new wa­ter­front digs have in­spired a broader seafood se­lec­tion that in­cludes Sin­ga­pore-style More­ton Bay bugs and nos­tal­gia-in­duc­ing honey king prawns. Manly Wharf, 22-23 E Es­planade, Manly, (02) 9114 7341, merivale.com

Ormeg­gio at the Spit

The fact that the view – of pol­ished boats bob­bing on the shim­mer­ing waters of the ma­rina that opens out onto Mid­dle Har­bour and Pearl Bay – doesn’t thor­oughly dis­tract the din­ers here speaks vol­umes. Alessan­dro Pavoni and Vic­tor Moya of­fer an in­ven­tive syn­the­sis of Ital­ian traditions and Ibe­rian in­flu­ences at Ormeg­gio, with a wor­thy wine list, oblig­ing staff and a price tag to match. Should bare feet, BYO and time­less trat­to­ria clas­sics bet­ter suit your style, sis­ter venue Chiosco awaits next door. D’Alb­ora Mari­nas, The Spit, Mos­man,

(02) 9969 4088, ormeg­gio.com.au

Rive­rina lamb, pota­toes and parsnips in kelp but­ter, gin­ger and hi­bis­cus at Ice­bergs Din­ing Room & Bar.

The view of Bondi Beach from Sean’s. Be­low: the din­ing room at Queen Chow Manly.

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