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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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