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Why Sydney’s a fine city for dining

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Why Sydney’s a fine city for dining

story by: Anna Sarjeant

From award-winning restaurants to cosy bistros serving steaks cooked to perfection, Sydney is not only a mixed bag of culinary experiences, it’s also one of the world's great dining destinations. Chefs from all over the world demonstrate their apt skills in all manner of establishments; traditional pubs, chic rooftop bars and elegant brasseries with the Sydney Harbour as a backdrop. But stunning locations aside, this is really about your palette – and appeasing it. An easy feat in a city of many hatted restaurants. So if you enjoy stylish venues with excellent food, superb wine and sublime service, let’s get tucked in.

Out of the city and into sublime
From Sydney, take a scenic transfer via sea plane to the beautiful Palm Beach, one of Sydney's northern beaches. As well as gorgeous views spanning the city, beaches, cliffs and ocean, you'll likely witness twinkling waters beneath a cloudless sky. Stop for lunch at Jonah's Restaurant, where you can eat delicious gourmet fare while looking out over the sea from a gorgeous elevated vantage point. The menu is seasonal, but expect delicious contemporary Australian cuisine with the likes of Sydney Rock Oysters and Tasmanian Huon Salmon on the menu. With sweet treats like flamed banana and rum ice cream gateaux, as well as chocolate and passionfruit wagon wheels, you're going to want to leave a little room for dessert, too.

Waterfront Dining
If you’d prefer to stay in the main hub of the city, the aptly named Waterfront Restaurant enjoys both a fine setting and a fine dining menu. Located in Sydney's funky Rocks district with a backdrop of stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, this eatery serves Australian cuisine, with decor inspired by the country's seafaring past.

Another option is Front Restaurant and Bar, which dishes up fantastic panoramas of Walsh Bay and the Sydney Harbour along with its mouth-watering menu. Don’t leave without trying a delicious fruit cocktail, or if you visit in warmer months, eat alfresco enjoying the harbour breeze on the pier.

Backdrops to drool over
For a real Sydney experience, head to the Opera Kitchen at the Sydney Opera House, which boasts magnificent views along with a delicious range of meals. Whether it's a burger you're craving or a tantalising Asian-inspired dish, you'll find it here, all the while gazing upon some stunning vistas beneath the sunshine.


Three Top-Notch Dining Venues Not to be Missed

1. Quay Restaurant
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
Slap bang in front of Sydney’s iconic harbour, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the Sydney Opera House so close to your eye view, it’s practically in your lap. As elegant as the panorama, the menu is a beautiful fusion of modern Australian cuisine and an ambitious reworking of old classics. Food is art and the attention to detail is impeccable.

2. Rockpool Bar & Grill
66 Hunter Street

Five star dining starts here. Neil Perry's flagship restaurant is found in the building of an old bank and could easily be the most refined dining venue in the city. Intimate spaces are discrete and dressed to impress in crisp, white starched linen. The menu is similarly exquisite.

3. Sepia
201 Sussex Street, between Market and Druitt Streets
Dropping names with the same frequency as it serves incredible cuisine, Sussex Street’s Sepia is run by wonder duo, Sydney Chef Martin Benn and renowned seafood wholesaler George Costi. Inspired by Japan, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner as well as five and nine course extravaganzas. With a wine list compiled by award winning Sommelier, Rodney Setter. See what we mean about the list of impressive names?

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