Arriving | Hotels | Restaurants
| Cafes | Bars | Wines | Sightseeing
In the past five years Sydney has been catapulted into international
recognition for the quality of its restaurants. It now stands head and shoulders
above any other city in Australia and can match San Francisco and Paris for the
sheer quality of the produce and the inspiration of the chefs.
Whenever we have
been away from Sydney for more than a couple of weeks, we start to crave the
food at the Sailors Thai
Canteen. This is a true treasure and a must-visit place
whenever you are in the harbour city. Conveniently located in George Street in
the Rocks, this single-table venue serves some of the most authentic and
delicious Thai food that you will find anywhere in the world. It is cheap,
cheerful and wonderful. Don't be put off by the thought of sharing the long
table with others. There is always a lot of regulars who understand the rules.
They will leave you alone if you want to dine quietly and they will let you join
in the conversation if you send out the signals. If two of you are dining, order
three dishes and share.
And there is another Thai restaurant that we have fallen in love with and visit all the time. The lovely, hole-in-the-wall called Spice I Am serves fresh, vibrant food at very reasonable prices.
At the top end of the market you have some real
treasures. Tetsuya's is an absolute must for food fanatics. Here you will find
some of the most intelligent combinations of flavours and textures that you will
see in any restaurant in the world. Tetsuya Wakuda has built a reputation that
ranks him alongside the world's greats.
Another favourite is Rockpool. Neil
Perry has not dominated the Sydney restaurant scene for almost fifteen years by accident. After a brief flirtation with a less formal approach Perry has returned Rockpool to its rightful place in the top echelons of Sydney dining.
Not only is he a talented chef, he also a discerning eye for talent in his
kitchens and sources the very best produce. The fish here is always so fresh
that it is breathtaking. Some of the combinations of flavours and textures on
offer are surprising yet delightful. He understands Indian flavours and is one
of the few chefs who can combine an oxtail jus with a delicate lobster ravioli
and leave you wanting to try the dish again and again.
Another great place to try in the Rocks area is Quay. This has quietly
become one of the leading restaurants in Sydney where the food is clever,
enticing and comforting.
If you want to go
downmarket a bit then a place that is well-worth a visit is BBQ King in
Chinatown. This is the place that inspired a generation of chefs (including Neil
Perry) and instilled a love of roast duck. It is chaotic here. Room after room
of noisy diners enjoying some of the best roast pork and roast duck you are
likely to find anywhere.
If you want to
treat yourself to lunch in a stunning setting then head for Balmoral Beach and
Pavilion where the food is based on the best products available and matches the
relaxed, beach atmosphere.
For lovers of French food there is a real gem in
Sydney. Head for Woollahra and join the queue at Bistro
Moncur. Here you will
experience some of the best provincial food this side of Lyon. For lovers of
offal this should be your first stop in Sydney! Most visitors want to check out
Harry's Café de Wheels in Woolloomooloo. Take a photo and then walk along the
city side of the new wharf development and grab a table at Otto Ristorante. If
you are in the Bondi area then Icebergs is a must! If you can't get in, wander to the other end of the beach and try either Sean's Panorama where the food is prepared with care and cleverness or North Bondi Italian Food with its great atmosphere.
Other places to consider are Buon Ricordo for great Italian food and Longrain in Surry
Hills for great Thai food in ultra-trendy surroundings.