Food

Where Sydney - - The Guide -

CHIP­PEN­DALE

SPICE AL­LEY

Asian Spice Al­ley is Syd­ney’s not-so-se­cret hid­den din­ing laneway of­fer­ing some truly authen­tic Asian cui­sine. You’ll find Spice Al­ley in Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street of­fer­ing sev­eral hawker-style eater­ies un­der a ceil­ing of lanterns. Try Sin­ga­porean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Viet­namese at Viet, Thai Street Food at Bang Luck, Malaysian at Old Jim Kee, Can­tonese at Hong Kong Diner and Ja­panese at Kyo-to.

18–20 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. Sun–wed 11am–10pm (last or­ders 9:30pm), Thu–sat 11am– 10.30pm (last or­ders 10pm). 9281 0822. spice-al­ley.com.au

CIR­CU­LAR QUAY

ARIA

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Aria is an award-win­ning restau­rant by famed Aus­tralian chef Matt Mo­ran. Aria pro­vides a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with strik­ing har­bour and Syd­ney Opera House views, a sea­sonal tast­ing menu and ex­ten­sive wine list, served in an in­ti­mate and el­e­gant din­ing room. Aria first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly re­garded and awarded both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

1 Mac­quarie Street, East Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch Mon– Fri 12pm–2.15pm, Sat 12pm– 1.30pm (va­cate by 4pm), Sun 12pm–1.45pm (va­cate by 4.30pm); Din­ner Mon–fri 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9240 2255. ari­arestau­rant.com/syd­ney

BAR PA­TRÓN BY ROCK­POOL

Mex­i­can Bar Pa­trón by Rock­pool is a mod­ern Mex­i­can restau­rant. It fea­tures a menu of quin­tes­sen­tial Mex­i­can favourites such as em­panadas, tamales, que­sadil­las and ta­cos; soups and small plates of es­quites and tostadas; tor­tas and tra­di­tional sand­wiches; and larger plates of en­chi­ladas, en­mo­lada con pollo and shared taco plat­ters. A de­light­ful range of pas­tries and desserts are hand­made on site daily. Cock­tails de­liver a re­fresh­ing take on clas­sic Mex­i­can drinks, such as the Paloma, Can­tar­ito and Ponche de Granada.

2 Phillip Street, Syd­ney. Daily midday-late. 9259 5624. barpa­tron.com.au

BEN­NE­LONG

Mod­ern Aus­tralian

Con­sid­ered one of Syd­ney’s best restau­rants, Ben­ne­long pairs Aus­tralian fine din­ing with the best views in town. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Peter Gil­more show­cases an in­cred­i­ble menu filled with an ar­ray of the finest Aus­tralian pro­duce. Ben­ne­long of­fers a la carte din­ing, as well as the re­laxed Cured & Cul­tured counter, ideal for ca­sual meal and a glass of wine.

Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Restau­rant hours: Lunch Fri– Sun 12pm–2.30pm, din­ner Sun–wed 5.30pm–9.30pm, Thu–sat 5.30pm–10pm. 9240 8000. ben­ne­long.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 Roll’d, Din Tai Fung, Four Frogs Creperie, Burger Project, Chat Thai, Mad Mex, Ge­lato Messina or Zumbo.

Al­fred Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9256 6900. gate­waysyd­ney.com.au

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, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney, 117 Mac­quarie Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch and din­ner Sun– Thu 12pm–10pm and Fri–sat 12pm–11pm. 9252 7888. the­meatand­wineco.com

OPERA KITCHEN

Around the World Top off your visit to the Syd­ney Opera House with a meal at Opera Kitchen. En­joy ca­sual cre­ative fare, with panoramic har­bour­side views. Choose

from burg­ers, slid­ers, hot­dogs, fries, seafood, sand­wiches, sal­ads, sushi, dumplings and Asian cui­sine. They also have a wide drinks menu, so you can sit back and re­lax, sip­ping a cock­tail un­der the sails of the Opera House.

Lower Con­course level, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Daily break­fast, lunch and din­ner, Sun–thu 7.30am–10.30pm, Fri–sat 7.30am–12am. 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com

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 prethe­atre 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 Broad­walk, Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. Mon– Fri lunch from 11.30am and din­ner from 5pm, Sat–sun from 11.30am. 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 Papdi 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

CITY

360 BAR AND DIN­ING

Mod­ern Aus­tralian This stylish and in­ti­mate restau­rant of­fers guests an in­dul­gent culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence with 360-de­gree 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, West­field Syd­ney, be­tween Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm–4pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5.30pm–11pm (last seat­ing 9pm). 8223 3883. 360din­ing.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–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. Level 5, West­field Syd­ney. 8099 7055. 118 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest. 8099 7070. 211 Bent Street, Moore Park, En­ter­tain­ment Quar­ter. 8099 7069. ICC Syd­ney, 14 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. 9259 5600. fratel­lifresh.com.au

INDU

In­dian/sri Lankan Go on a jour­ney to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent at INDU. Their flavour­some menu of cui­sine from Sri Lanka and south­ern In­dia is fused with mod­ern in­flu­ences. The menu is di­vided into sec­tions for easy choos­ing and is de­signed to share. Try the pan-seared scal­lops in a shell with cauliflower puree, cumin, fin­ger lime and green mango pickle, or the in­ven­tive squid ink hopper with spice-crusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle. There’s also a great range of cool cock­tails as well as their sig­na­ture gin and ton­ics, and the friendly staff are al­ways on hand to help choose. 350 Ge­orge Street, (en­try via An­gel Place) Syd­ney. Mon–fri 12pm–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. in­du­din­ing.com.au

JADE TEM­PLE

Can­tonese Ex­pe­ri­ence clas­sic Can­tonese cui­sine at Jade Tem­ple. The menu fea­tures dishes such as lemon chicken, honey prawns and steamed fish with gin­ger and shal­lot. Housed in the his­toric Burns Philp & Co. build­ing on Bridge Street, Jade Tem­ple draws on its her­itage-listed fea­tures and soar­ing ceil­ing as the dé­cor takes its cue from Asia’s colo­nial past with el­e­gant plan­ta­tion shut­ters and colour­ful fab­ric mo­tifs on the walls. 11 Bridge Street, Syd­ney. Mon–thu 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Fri 12pm–3pm, 5.30pm–11pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm and Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9252 1888. jade­tem­ple.com.au

KID KY­OTO

Ja­panese With a se­ri­ous nod to the iconic mu­sic of the 80s and 90s, Kid Ky­oto is a mod­ern Ja­panese restau­rant in­spired by the Iza­kaya bars of Ja­pan. With a hand-picked sound­track of clas­sic tunes play­ing from Nir­vana to Por­tishead, Kid Ky­oto is a feast for all your senses. The menu is di­vided into dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal sec­tions. Go “Raw & Un­plugged” with the beef tartare ‘teriyaki flavour’, nashi pear and whipped kat­suobushi, or take to the “Main Stage” with the Soundgarden-in­spired ‘Black Hole Sun’ pork belly with nori jam, ap­ple and pick­led radish. 17–19 Bridge Street (en­try via Bridge Lane), Syd­ney. Mon– Fri 12pm–late, Sat 5pm–late. 9241 1991. kid­ky­oto.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 5.30pm–10pm. 9295 5080. kings­leysaust­steak.com.au

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. 2 Mar­ket Street (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: Daily 9am–3pm. Kiosk: Daily 8am–4pm. 1300 300 278. pavil­ion­restau­rant.com.au

SPICE TEM­PLE

Chi­nese This city restau­rant is at the fore­front of mod­ern Chi­nese din­ing. It fo­cuses on dishes from China’s lesser known re­gions. The dark and in­ti­mate sur­round­ings add to the mys­tique, while the menu def­i­nitely favours those who en­joy a hit of spice. With in­cred­i­ble ser­vice and di­vine food, Spice Tem­ple lives up to its name. 10 Bligh Street, Syd­ney. Mon–wed 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Thu–fri 12pm–3pm and 6pm–11pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm and Sun 6pm–10pm. 8078 1888. spicetem­ple.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 some Syd­ney rock oys­ters 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

Mod­ern Aus­tralian 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 360-de­gree 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– 3.30pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5pm–10.30pm (last seat­ing 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 Mon–fri 10am–12pm. Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea daily 10am–close. 9283 7279. thetea­room.com.au

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, stone-oven piz­zas and more. The mod­ern Aus­tralian 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 8.30am. 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 KITCHEN & BAR

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– Fri 10am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9280 2029. har­bour­barand­kitchen.com.au

HUNTER & BAR­REL

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Hunter & Bar­rel is a so­phis­ti­cated take on the hunter’s way, where an­cient rit­ual com­bines with raw el­e­ments of na­ture in a mod­ern set­ting. In­side, you can hear the crackle from the fire, smell the meat smok­ing and see the stacks of coals by the pit. With abun­dant food of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing braised soups, slow-cooked meats, pies, and hearty stews pre­pared by their sig­na­ture coal and spit ro­tis­serie, Hunter & Bar­rel is the per­fect place to feast with friends and fam­ily.

Ten­ancy 303, Cockle Bay Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Sun–thu 12pm–10pm, Fri–sat 12pm–10.30pm. 9264 9888. hunterand­bar­rel.com

MEAT DIS­TRICT CO

Mod­ern Aus­tralian At Meat Dis­trict Co, the hang­ing cured meats, fall-off-the­bone 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 and ir­re­sistible desserts.

Shop R3, 11 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 11am–late. 9299 9762. meat­dis­trictco.com.au

PLANAR

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Con­ve­niently lo­cated on the ground floor of the ICC Syd­ney in the heart of Dar­ling Har­bour, Planar is the per­fect spot for a bite to eat any time of the day or night. From prawn lol­lipops and Tex-mex na­chos to burg­ers, stone-baked piz­zas and mains like Amer­i­can pork ribs and Aus­tralian shred­ded wagyu, there’s some­thing on the menu to cater to ev­ery­one’s tastes. Tempt­ing desserts and a wide va­ri­ety of drinks are also on of­fer.

Shop C08, Ground Floor, ICC Syd­ney, 1A Har­bour Street, Syd­ney. Daily 7am–12am. 9212 6789. pla­nar­restau­rant.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,

2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily lunch 12pm– 3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–late. 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

DAR­LINGHURST/ SURRY HILLS CHIN CHIN

Asian This spin-off of the suc­cess­ful Mel­bourne restau­rant is prov­ing pop­u­lar here too. Housed in the his­toric Grif­fiths Tea Build­ing in Surry Hills, Chin Chin of­fers a uniquely Aus­tralian take on Asian cui­sine. Us­ing the fresh­est pro­duce and a mix of herbs and spices, their chefs have cre­ated a stun­ning menu of de­light­fully tasty dishes. 69 Com­mon­wealth Street, Surry Hills. Daily 11.30am–late. 9281 3322. chinch­in­restau­rant.com.au

HOPPER KADE

Sri Lankan Hopper Kade serves a mod­ern take on Sri Lankan cui­sine. They fuse tra­di­tional Sri Lankan flavours with western cook­ing tech­niques and Aus­tralian in­flu­ences. Their sig­na­ture hop­pers are made in-house from fer­mented rice flour and co­conut milk. The hop­pers are nat­u­rally dairy and gluten free, filled with a free-range egg and new ad­di­tions such as Lankan­spiced 12-hour beef brisket and pulled pork. The menu also fea­tures Roti wraps, a Sri Lankan roti filled with biryani rice, pickle and hung yo­ghurt and Biryani plates made with a base of biryani rice, topped with pickle, co­conut sam­bol and a choice of fill­ings such as beet­root curry or spiced chicken. 253 Crown Street, Dar­linghurst. Tue 11am–3pm, Wed–fri 11am–3pm and 5pm–10pm, Sat–sun 8am–3pm and 5pm–10pm. hop­perkade.com.au

IN­NER WEST THE GREEN LION

Ve­gan Lo­cated in the in­ner­west sub­urb of Rozelle, The Green Lion is said to be Aus­tralia’s first-pub of­fer­ing a 100% plant-based menu. You’ll get all your reg­u­lar pub favourites but with a ve­gan twist. Try their ve­gan ver­sion of burg­ers, hot dogs, pizza, lasagna, chicken sch­nitzel, “seafood” bas­kets, na­chos and more. Up­stairs at The Red Lion Ho­tel, 726 Dar­ling Street, Rozelle. Wed–thu 6pm– 9pm, Fri 6pm–9.30pm, Sat 12.30pm–9.30pm, Sun 12.30pm–8.30pm. the­green­lion.com.au TRAMSHEDS

Around The World Filled with top-notch restau­rants and food provi­dores, Tramsheds Harold Park is the per­fect pit stop for the hun­gry diner with many op­tions to choose from. The Tramsheds site is the former home of the Rozelle Tramway De­pot which was orig­i­nally built in 1904. In­side the build­ing you’ll find a mix of restau­rants that all fo­cus on food, sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity. Restau­rants in­clude Belles Hot Chicken, Flour Eggs Wa­ter, Osaka Trad­ing Co, Ge­lato Messina, Bekya, Butcher and the Farmer and Fish and Co. 1 Dal­gal Way, For­est Lodge. Daily 7am–10pm. 8398 5695. tramshedssyd­ney.com.au

MOS­MAN BURNT OR­ANGE

Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Syd­ney sub­urb of Mos­man, Burnt Or­ange is housed in a stun­ning sand­stone man­sion over­look­ing Syd­ney har­bour. Their café is open daily serv­ing yummy break­fast, lunch, high tea and af­ter­noon tea. The menu fo­cuses on buy­ing the best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents from the top sup­pli­ers in Syd­ney and they change their menu sea­son­ally. 1109 Mid­dle Head Road, Mos­man. Mon–fri 8.30am–4pm and Sat–sun 8.30am–5.30pm. 9969 1120. burn­tor­ange.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 unique 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

THE ROCKS THE AR­GYLE

Mod­ern Aus­tralian 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 or a pri­vate party in the in­ti­mate sur­rounds of the Reibey Room. You can even grab a de­li­cious lunch or din­ner at The Ar­gyle Kitchen. 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 are cooked to per­fec­tion 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 ful­lyre­stored 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–1am, 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– 2.15pm, din­ner daily 6pm–9.15pm. 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 11am–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 new-style sushi and clas­sic dishes in a stun­ning con­tem­po­rary space. The bar serves 50 kinds of saké as well as a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary cock­tails. 12 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, din­ner Mon–thu 5.30pm– 10.30pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm– 11.30pm and Sun 5pm–10pm. 9259 5656. Also lo­cated at 33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, din­ner Sun–thu 5.30pm– 10pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11pm. 8017 3104. sak­er­estau­rant.com.au

SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR 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 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 (Wharf 6) and Dar­ling Har­bour (Pier 26). 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

WALSH BAY WALSH BAY KITCHEN

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Walsh Bay Kitchen is lo­cated in the heart of Syd­ney’s vi­brant arts and the­atre dis­trict at Walsh Bay. Their in­no­va­tive menu fea­tures 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

WATER­LOO LUKE’S KITCHEN

Mod­ern Aus­tralian Prom­i­nent Aus­tralian chef Luke Man­gan bringd you Luke’s Kitchen. The venue is a neigh­bour­hood style eatery and the kitchen is led by Syd­ney chef Mathew Leighton. The space fea­tures a con­tem­po­rary pal­ette of earthy green and blush pink is the back­drop to warm pen­dant light­ing, and retro fin­ishes in­clud­ing a beaded cur­tain and a flo­ral screen. Wed–fri 4pm–late, Sat 10am–late, Sun 10am–4pm. 8 Danks Street, Water­loo. 9002 5346. lukeskitchen.com.au

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