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The 24 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

From old favourites to shining new stars, here's where you should eat in Sydney.

Sydney’s gastronomic scene is as diverse as Australia’s famous landscape. On one hand, you have the fine dining institutions that have taken waterside residence for years, and on the other, there is a diverse range of cuisines spread throughout the CBD, Western Sydney, East Sydney and beyond. Despite the efforts of the “shall not be named year”, the city’s dining scene is thriving, with new openings bringing a new spin on Lebanese cuisine and American-style diner food. Some of our favourite pioneers’ upgraded menus, and dining rooms during last year’s coma. Others rebranded and redirected their focus, some offering takeaway for the first time. 

MORE: Where To Find The Best Restaurants In Sydney’s CBD

So if you’re looking for the best degustation in the city, at every price point, under every flavour umbrella and in the best suburbs read on. 

Now is the time to serve the service industry. We’ve opened up Thrillist Serves to the hospitality industry to add their venues and help promote their offering at a time they need it most. If you own a restaurant or cafĂ©, or know someone who does, flick them this link to get signed up. And while you’re at it, visit the link, and order takeaway (and/or merch!) directly from some of your favourite venues.

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Nel

CBD
The gist: Nel is for when you need to impress on a first date, for when you want to reignite date night, and for when you want to celebrate. It’s more than a meal, but an experience—a storytelling journey through the eyes of Chef Nelly Robinson.
The food: There are very few restaurants in Sydney that can bring something new to the table (every time), but Nel is a rarity, where every meal is a journey. The menu changes every eight weeks or so, but you can expect themed menus, including a Great British menu that reimagines the classics. Think bangers and mash in the form of a potato blini and topped with a custom made chipolata. The desserts are showstoppers. A crown made of apple juice, an arctic roll of strawberry and rhubarb, and of course Jaffa cake. The Christmas menus are extra special, and the chef never repeats a dish.
The cost: The degustation is $145 per person. You can add a classic wine pairing for $105, and a premium pairing for $195.
How to order: Book a table here.

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Tequila Daisy

Barangaroo
The gist: If you’re looking for a good night, good food, and a Mexican flair, look no further than the joyous Tequila Daisy in Barangaroo.
The food: Get ready for grilled chicken, wagyu beef brisket, pulled pork, fried fish and roasted carrot tacos. You will find empanadas, kingfish tostada, grilled octopus, watermelon salad, and ocean trout ceviche for mains. Don’t forget to try the Tequila Daisy cocktail, and the frozen margarita.
The cost: As far as the cost, cocktails are around $20, tacos are $9-$10, and mains vary from $10 to $26.
How to order: Book a table here.

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The Blue Door

Surry Hills
The gist: An ambitious 24-seater with a producer focus, secret drinks menu, and salts from around the world.
The food: Expect a tasting menu, with a major focus on local produce, used to create fish pie dumplings, confit-duck sausage roll, and Newcastle pippies. There is a secret drinks menu, which is rumoured to hold some impressive drops. On arrival, you’re treated to bread and house-made butter with salts from four countries. Wines are also local, dedicated to showing the diversity of NSW regions.
The cost: For lunch, a two-course menu costs $65 or a three-course is $80 per person for the tasting menu. Dinner is a six-course tasting menu at $129 per person, with additional costs for standard or premium wine pairing.
How to order: Book a table here.

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Oncore by Clare Smyth

Barangaroo
The gist: English Chef, Clare Smyth is the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars, Core in Notting Hill. Now, she’s bringing her flair for fine dining to Crown Sydney.
The food: The menu focuses on sustainable food and pays homage to the original Core. You have the option of a three-course a la carte menu or a seven-course tasting menu. The potato and roe is a signature dish and must-try. A few other favourites include the roasted coral trout, core apple, Marron, Kingfish, and lemonade parfait for dessert.
The cost: The three-course A la carte menu costs $210 per person, while the seven-course set tasting menu is $300 per person.
How to book: Book a table here.

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Cash Only Diner

CBD
The gist: Cash Only Diner sits above Burrow Bar’s new underground location on Clarence Street. The Diner is fitted with a retro vintage feel, but it’s the food that makes this a must-try on your next outing.
The food: Helmed by operators Chau Tran and Bryce McDonough, the diner focuses on bringing the authentic flavours of Hue, Vietnam to Sydney. Don’t expect to find pho or banh mi on the menu. Instead, dive into crispy spring rolls served with a side of nuoc cham for dipping, and clay pot fish. The Com Hen, which is a baby clam rice with broth poured over the top is a standout, while you will always find a Vietnamese take on pork terrine. The cocktails are creative with a Vietnamese flair, such as the mango negroni. You can start the night at Burrow Bar downstairs then pop up for a taste of Vietnam.
The cost: The menu is designed to share, so plates can range from the lower end to the higher end, depending on what you order.
How to order: Book here.

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Beast and Co

Surry Hills
The gist: Beast and Co brings a little of the Czech Republic to Sydney. The expansive dining room is dressed in beautiful gold tones and wooden tables, with a wall of natural light. You can also dine outside on balmy days.
The food: The menu is refined and seasonal, but you can expect to find recipes passed down from generation to generation. The ‘Noky’ is a crowd pleaser and the duck breast, surrounded by fruits and red cabbage is the perfect example of home cooking, elevated. If you’re not familiar with Czech cuisine, this is a great place to get a taste. The beef tartare is served with a fried garlic crostini and you can’t leave without digging into a Czech doughnut swimming on a bed of plum chutney and topped with vanilla ice cream. They also have a bottomless brunch. Trust me, the cocktails are worth it alone.
The cost: The menu is designed to share, and everything is reasonably priced, around $20 for entrees and $30 for the main plates.
How to order: Book here.

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Charcoal Fish

Rose Bay
The gist: A takeaway focused shop inspired by Australias beloved charcoal chicken shops.
The food: Expect Murray cod on the rotisserie, used to fill gravy rolls with Murray cod head gravy. The offal from the fish will be removed and used at Niland’s other restaurants, keeping in tune with his “use one fish for everything,” mindset. For dessert, Murray cod fat caramel ice cream.
The cost: A gravy roll is $24, the tuna cheeseburger is $20, and fish and chips are $28. Although you can buy larger feasts for the family starting at $60 to $120.
How to order: It’s strictly takeaway, so pop in from Wednesday to Sunday between 12 pm- 3 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Hinchcliff House

The Rocks
The gist: Hinchcliff House, Quay Quarter Sydney’s anchor venue, located in Circular Quay, is home to four exciting eating and drinking concepts from the team at House Made Hospitality.
The food: Apollonia is home to old-world romantic escapism through cocktails, drinks and good times. Housed in a Sicilian bandit’s drinking den, it’s a basement venue paying homage to Apollonia – the patroness of The Godfather novel. Grana is an all-day bustling dining hub for lunch and dinner. Pescatarian osteria Lana is the newest restaurant to unveil itself.  Expect pescatarian Pan-Mediterranean inspired dishes bursting with crisp and punchy flavours, alongside splashy, strong and colourful cocktails. It’s a place for all occasions—from sandals to stilettos.
The cost: At Lana, there is a $79 set menu, while Grana offers everything from seafood and smoked raw beef to pasta dishes at $27, and a $65 per person shared set menu. As for Apollonia, expect to pay around $20 for a cocktail, and anywhere from $5 to $32 for the small plates served from 5 pm to 10 pm.
How to order: You can book any of the venues here.

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Ezra

Potts Point
The gist: It’s no easy feat opening a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic, but this new eatery in Potts Point is buzzing with locals and visitors lining up to get a taste of Tel Aviv’s cosmopolitan dining scene. After falling in love with Eastern European food, co-owners Nick and Kirk Mathews Bowden decided to open up the 90-seat bar and restaurant on a charming tree-lined street in a narrow heritage building. 
The food: The food reflects the Diaspora of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish favourites, including meze and flatbread, delicious dips from hummus to charred eggplant. Dishes are meant to be shared, but you might want to order two of the beef kibbeh with almond cream and sumac–one each. Other shareable plates include the whole roast cauliflower smothered in halloumi, Zaatar and honey. The lamb shoulder tagine is a crowd favourite as is the ice cream baklava sandwich. 
The cost: The set menu is $65 per person and a great way to sample most of the a la carte menu. Dips and other small starters are $14-22, mains are $32-42 and dessert is $7-13.
How to order: Reservations are recommended and available via Resy

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Little Lagos

Newtown
The gist: Enmore Road is a melting pot when it comes to cuisines and restaurants, so it was only right for popular pop-up Little Lagos to find a permanent home here. After noticing a gap in the African cuisine market, owner Ade Adeniyi made the decision to open a brick and mortar flagship, last July. 
The food: Here, expect to find traditional Western African cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This includes Jollof Rice, Fried Plantains, Egusi Stew served with a dough made from boiled and pounded starchy ground provisions like semolina and cassava. There’s also an amazing assortment of other meat and meat-free stews from Nigerian head chef Kemi Fajemisin. Pair your experience with a cocktail menu of West African themed drinks, which has been a crowd-pleaser thus far. Although Little Lagos is more than just an eatery, it’s a cultural hub supporting art and music, predominately by people of colour. 
The cost: Mains are $15-30, stews are $30, and the snacks are $10-28. 
How to order: Reservations, delivery and pick up are available via the website

Restaurant Leo

CBD
The gist: Restaurant Leo is the latest restaurant to grace the upscale dining team. Hailing from Lumi Dining owner and chef, Federico Zanellato and ex-Oscillate Wildly restaurateur, Karl Firla, Leo is a slice of Italy, right down to its hidden alley location on a cobblestone street. 
The food: Expect white tablecloths but without being ostentatious, hearty Mediterranean classics and housemade everything: pastry, pasta, bread, and more. Think Maccheroncini Lobster swimming in a bisque-like sauce, veal saltimbocca, borlotti bean soup, and beetroot carpaccio. Enjoy your meal outside in the laneway under the infamous birdcages of Angel Place or inside, surrounded by dark bentwood chairs, Armani greys, and creams. 
The cost: Oysters are $4.50 each, starters are from $17-22, and mains range from $26-59. 
How to order: Reservations are available via the website.

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Lonely Mouth by RaRa

Newtown

The gist: RaRa Ramen graced us with its presence in 2018, serving delicious umami bowls of ramen. The secret, their traditional tonkotsu broth, and housemade noodles. Every day the tiny kitchen churned out bowls to hungry Sydneysiders and now it’s catering to the vegan community with Lonely Mouth by RaRa in Newtown. This big step was not made lightly, given some noodle purists shun new variations of a favourite, although people are loving it and praising the RaRa team for shining a light on vegetarian and vegan options. 
The food. Choose from a range of ramens, including the Sunflower and Hempseed Shoyu Ramen, Plant-based Tantanmen Ramen, and Vegan Soy Miso. The izakaya-sides rotate every few weeks, but some of them include Cauliflower Karaage, Japanese Pickles, Kimchi, and Corn Tempura. 
The cost: A bowl of ramen ranges from $18.80-21, and snacks are $6-10. 
How to order: They take walk-ins or you can order delivery via Ubereats

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Saint Peter

Paddington
The gist: This Sydney restaurant takes fish seriously, both the sourcing and cooking of it. Chef and co-owner, Josh Niland is passionate about his pioneering fin-to-scale philosophy, often showcasing his fish butchery skills to diners. During Covid lockdowns, Saint Peter was busy tinkering behind closed doors, transforming a table-and-chair room into a long 12-metre Carrara marble-topped bar offering front-row views of Josh cooking who can also explain techniques and parts of the fish during the service. Savour every good-looking dish presented in front of you, while washing it down with one of the many, many wines on the list. If you have any questions about the menu, simply ask the chef in front of you to explain and they will ensure you get the best out of the experience. 
The food: Some favourites include the Hot Smoked Yellowfin Tuna Belly, Charcoal Flounder, and the Marmande Tomato and White Peach side. Although the menu changes often, you can expect to see Chef Niland’s take on fish and chips, a garfish tart and charcuterie selection to start. 
The cost: Lunch service is a la carte and ranges from $16-120. For dinner service, the set menu is $155 per person and a beverage match option for $85 per person. 
How to order: Reservations for dinner are strongly recommended and can be made via Resy. Lunch reservations can also be made via Resy. You can order take away from Fish Butchery, which offers different items at a different price point.

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Firedoor

Surry Hills
The gist: This relatively new restaurant in Sydney is fire. Literally, everything on the menu passes through a flame in one form or another. There are two wood-fired ovens, three grills, and a wood-burning hearth, all visible to diners through the open kitchen. They source ingredients from local producers including aged meat such as lamb, pork, and beef. Shellfish is killed (for lack of a better word) to order from the fish tank on site. The focus is on food in its purest form which is why the menu is simple but executed so well.
The food: Expect a five-course chef’s menu showcasing Cowra lamb rump with fermented onions, John Dory, with burnt tomato, and Kangaroo with radish, red currants, and pepper berry. The menu is always changing so don’t hold us to these exact dishes. 
The cost: The five-course chef’s menu is $140 per person.
How to order: Reservations are necessary and can be made via the website

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Automata

Chippendale
The gist: Chippendales shining star, Automata is a provocative game-changer in the fine-dining world. Inside, the room is pared back revealing exposed polished concrete and wooden tones, but with a warm and cosy vibe from the pendant lights. 
The food: The five-course set menu is fun, inventive, but has the finesse of a Michelin-starred restaurant without being stuffy. Although it’s always changing, you can expect artfully plated food crafted by chef Clayton Wells. Think grilled octopus with bean paste, barbecued quail, with cherry and charred eggplant, rangers valley rib eye, and caramelised pineapple and liquorice cheesecake. 
The cost: The tasting menu is $165 per person, and the extended menu is $195 per person. 
How to order: Reservations are necessary and can be made via The Fork. The extended menu must be pre-selected online when making a booking. 

Lankan Filling Station

Darlinghurst
The gist: This Sri Lankan restaurant has a big personality and offers one of the best, most unique brunches on the weekend. The casual diner has become a favourite with locals and visitors, indulging in a Sri-Lankan style dinner. 
The food: Expect fish curries, mixed sambol plates, spicy deep-fried crab balls, and little fried lentil cakes. The star of the menu is definitely the hopper. Tear, fold, or dip it curries and sambols for a burst of flavour. On the weekend, head to Lankan Filling Station for a different kind of brunch. Expect crispy fried egg rolls, curry toastie, milk buns filled with seeni sambol and a sweet hopper served with caramelised jaggery and whipped coconut. 
The cost: The banquet without drinks is $70 per person, and the mud crab banquet is $140-200 depending on the market price for crabs. A la carte menu items range from $4-22. 
How to order: Orders for pick up are available via Bopple. Reservations for dining in can be made via the website

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Cho Cho San

Potts Point
The gist: Get your Japanese fix at Cho Cho San, a casual eatery in Potts Point serving modern Izakaya in a nordic dining room. The focus here is fun, good times surrounded by a lot of drinks and finely plated food. Expect to see a rowdy crowd (sometimes), engaging in conversation, nibbling on inventive Japanese cuisine, including snacks, to shared plates and raw bar options. The snacks are what you would expect, but with a twist. 
The food: Think edamame dip, pork katsu in a steam bun, and chicken karaage. To share, opt-in for the crab fried rice, okonomiyaki and spicy sesame noodles. The raw bar has raw scallops with ponzu, Kingfish, and Sydney rock oysters with wasabi vinegar. The next best thing about this eatery is the drinks. Expect yuzu spritz, peach tea sour, kombu old fashioned and Suika Gimlet, with gin. 
The cost: The Cho Cho San Feast is $95 per person, and the izakaya set is $65 per person. Raw Bar items are $5-28, meat and seafood range from $26-36, and plates are $13-32. 
How to order: Reservations can be made via The Fork.

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Henrietta

Surry Hills
The gist: Henrietta is the new chick on the block.  The 65-seat casual eatery welcomes guests to stay and drink, but you can also take it to go. If you do stay, head to the bar for Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails including a slushie martini, lychee cosmo-meets bubble tea, and more. 
The food: Henrietta delivers Lebanese-style charcoal chicken with all our favourite sides: homemade hummus, falafel, tahini, and pickles. As you can imagine, chicken is the hero here, drawing on Middle-Eastern influences through flavour and texture. You will find non-traditional dishes including chicken tawook spring rolls, lamb kibbeh san choy bow, and beef brisket shawarma tacos.
The cost: Quarter chickens are $9, Half is $15 and a whole chicken is $28. Sides are $5-11 or the banquet with sides is $49 per person. Burgers and wraps are $15-16, and sauces are $2-3. 
How to order: Reservations are available via the website. Order for pickup and delivery can also be made via the website

Cafe Paci

Newtown
The gist: In 2013 Cafe Paci lived in Darlinghurst but later closed, until 2019, when the newly-improved Cafe Paci opened in Newtown, slinging modern Italian and French dishes, with a Finnish twist at a friendly price point. 
The food: The menu is a la carte, focusing on smaller, but tasty plates to share. Expect a beef tartare with smoked tomato, octopus served with potatoes and a generous sprinkle of paprika. There are also larger menu items like the steak Frites with sauce Diane, Murray cod, and stracciatella with pickled melon, chilli, and fennel. Dessert is just as good, with options including a pain perdue with cardamom caramel and vanilla, carrot sorbet, and the strawberry granita with coconut chantilly. 
The cost: Smaller plates are $4-10, while the larger plates range from $18-45. Desserts are $15. 
How to order: Bookings have a 2 hour time duration and can be made via the website

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Nobu

Barangaroo
The gist: The wait is over for Sydney. World-renowned chef, Nobu Matsuhisa opened Nobu in Crown Sydney at the end of 2020 and it’s already booked out. You can expect to find his signature dishes, including the famed black cod miso and yellowtail jalapeno. 
The food: As you can imagine, the food here is top-notch, beautifully presented in an elegant dining room. There are even private dining rooms for functions if you’re feeling extra fancy or are celebrating a milestone. The menu is extensive and separated into categories from cold dishes and sashimi to snack and hot dishes. The Nobu tacos are a delight, as is the seafood ceviche. If you can’t make up your mind, opt-in for the omakase seven-course experience. 
The cost: Lunch bento boxes are $40-70, cold dishes are $12-48, and hot dishes are $40-96. For dinner, the 7-course omakase is $175, and the a la carte options range from $5-60 for nigiri and sashimi, and $11-28 for sushi maki. The bar menu includes tacos for $8-20, the sushi bar is $44-60, and shared plates are $18-32. 
How to order: Bookings are necessary and can be made via the website

Porteño

Surry Hills
The gist: Porteño has long served Sydney, offering South American-inspired dishes in Surry Hills that has people coming back for more. Here, Parilla (Argentinian barbecue) takes centre stage featuring quality meats, vegetables, and fish cooked over a fire. 
The food: This includes slow charcoal grilled free-range pork belly, woodfired Cone Bay Barramundi, and seasonal vegetable cooked over charcoal with romesco. The sides are the perfect accompaniment to the mains, including fennel, apples and pickled daikon salad, homestyle fried potatoes, and heirloom tomato salad. Even dessert has woodfired elements such as wood-fired fruit, stuffed with rosemary syrup and yoghurt sorbet. 
The cost: Entrees are $26-32, mains are $34-90, and desserts are $12-19. 
How to order: Reservations can be made via OpenTable. Credit card information required when you book online.

Tetsuya’s

CBD
The gist: Chef Tetsuya Wakuda refurbished a heritage-listed site to create a serene dining experience in the CBD. Here, the degustation menu is based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, with French techniques. This classic institution has been open since 1989, which is a testament given it remains one of the best restaurants in Sydney. 
The food: The confit of Tasmanian Ocean Trout with a salad of apple and witlof is iconic and the centre of culinary praise. Choose from a five or eight-course menu, with dishes including wagyu sirloin with pickled shiitake, kingfish sashimi and a chocolate stone for dessert. 
The cost: The 5-course degustation is $180 per person with an optional $105 per person wine pairing. The 8-course degustation is $250 per person, and the optional wine pairing is $165 per person. 
How to order: Reservations are a must and are available via The Fork. 

Momofuku Seiobo

Pyrmont
The gist: David Chang’s culinary delights can be seen as far as Vegas to Sydney, introducing diners to seriously good Caribbean cooking. In Sydney, we’re lucky to have Momofuku Seiobo, home to one of the city’s coolest dining rooms. Muted colours and mood lighting set the scene, but its narrow construction makes the place feel like a hole-in-the-wall.
The food: Here, you will find dishes from Barbados, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Cuba, including Bajan black pudding, Trinidadian roti and jerk chicken. Each dish is packed with flavour, just as if you were travelling around the Caribbean. 
The cost: The 5:45 pm tasting menu seating is $215 per person and the 8:30 pm seating is $225 per person.
How to order: Reservations can be made via the website.

Restaurant Hubert

CBD
The gist: Hidden behind a grand wooden door is a set of old rickety wooden stairs that lead to Sydney’s most revered French dining haunts, Restaurant Hubert. Although there’s more to this place than meets the eye. Its speak-easy vibes are in perfect tune with its Jazz and live music scene, including a tattered grand piano and the deep leather red booths. You can’t help but feel scandalous here, especially when cheeky theatrics take place. As a rarity, the establishment doesn’t compromise on food quality. Instead, Hubert is known more for its dishes which are French, with upscale touch. 
The food: Think caviar service, cheddar souffle, wagyu tartare, and a range of charcuterie options. Champagne is always flowing here, as are the martini’s as you sit back to the soothing Jazz sounds. Even when there’s no live music, the buzz of diners is just as satisfying. 
The cost: Caviar service is $190-490, oysters are $36-72, and crustacean of the day is sold at market price. Entrees range from $24-32, charcuterie is $7-27, and grilled dishes range from $49-75. 
How to order: Reservations are available via OpenTable

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Cirrus

Barangaroo
The gist: Sydney has no shortage of great seafood restaurants, but Cirrus is always a surefire bet. Situated in Barangaroo, Cirrus caters to the corporate world but welcomes anyone looking for good seafood, with a touch of finesse. Hailing from restaurant dream team chef Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt (Monopole, Bentley and Yellow), Cirrus lives up to expectations by serving seasonal produce, and most importantly, fresh seafood. 
The food: The seafood platter is a hit and comes in two tiers. There’s also the Cirrus fish and chips with malt vinegar mayonnaise. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Its waterside location also adds to the atmosphere, particularly at night. 
The cost: The raw seafood plate is $65, and mains range from $16-48. The tasting menu is $110 per person (whole table only).
How to order: Reservations can be made via calling 0292200111.

Sixpenny

Stanmore
The gist: Sixpenny is a little restaurant in Stanmore, serving Australian Modern fare in an elegant dining room. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Prior to booking a reservation, you will notice there is no menu, anywhere. So how do you know what to expect? Well, you don’t. It’s a matter of taking a gamble, showing up, and being wowed by the menu presented in front of you.
The food: We’re not even sure what’s on the menu today, but in the past, they’ve served up Kangaroo tartare, meat and vegetable dishes, pumpkin scallops, and a play on steak and onions. The food is very Australian, but refined and executed to the point the flavours are there, but presented in a different way. 
The cost: The set menu is $195 with matched wines for $320. 
How to order: Reservations are necessary and can be made via Resy

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Quay

Circular Quay
The gist: Quay set the bar for fine dining in Sydney and still remains one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants. Helmed by renowned chef, Peter Gilmore, the waterside restaurant sits in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, commanding views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. One of its most recognisable dishes is the Snow Egg, made famous by tv series, Masterchef Australia. Although no longer available on the menu, you will still find exceptional elevated dishes, worthy of a milestone or special celebration. 
The food: There is an eight-course menu available for lunch or dinner and includes highlights such as the poached marron, smoked eel cream, southern squid swimming in chicken broth and Maremma duck served with preserved Morello cherries. Desserts are works of art, just order the white coral to see why. 
The cost: The 8-course menu is $290 and the sommelier pairing is $230. The 6-course is $240 with an optional wine pairing at $190. 
How to order: Reservations can be made via the website.

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Bennelong

Circular Quay
The gist: Bennelong is another Peter Gilmore restaurant, taking up residence inside the Sydney Opera House. Here, he focuses on artful and imaginative Australian cuisine in a stunning dining room, surrounded by the bones of the Opera House and with views of the Harbour. 
The food: There are two dining options, one in the main dining room or at the chef’s counter for a degustation experience with the chefs. Expect steamed Murray cod, raw scallops with oyster cream, three milk curd ravioli and lobster gnocchi. During the Sunday lunch service, patrons will dine to the sounds of live music right into the afternoon. What’s more charming than that?
The cost: The 3-course a la carte menu with sides is $160 per person with an optional cheese course for $30. The optional main supplement is $60 for the lobster. 
How to order: Reservations are available via the website.

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news from chefs taking over restaurants, to limited-edition menus, and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • Chef Nelly Robinson is taking inspiration from the stage to launch a new menu at Nel— A trip to Broadway. The 11-course degustation experience is a nod to Broadway classics including Wicked, Oliver Twist, Harry Potter and many more. Think a wand-like skewered squid tube filled with mushroom cream, topped in beetroot flour and lightly fried. The A Trip to Broadway menu will be available for dinner bookings and Saturday lunch from August 24 to November 6. Book here.
  • Calling all doughnut lovers, Donut Papi has teamed up with Cointreau to create two exclusive doughnut flavours: the Original Margarita and Coconut and Ginger Margarita. The special release is to celebrate Father’s Day, but everyone with a sweet tooth will love it. Donut Papi will be selling these from their Redfern store, and these tasty gifts will also be available to order online to be delivered straight to dad, making Father’s Day easy for those wanting the perfect gift. The doughnuts will be sold individually for $8, but they will also be available as a gift pack of nine doughnuts for $63. Buy here.
  • Sydneysiders, all of your fried chicken dreams are about to come true. Just in time for the winter chill, the legends over at BUTTER are teaming up with Spotify’s A1 to launch a limited-edition menu, curated by three local hip-hop artists. Starting from $25 you can get everything from Canadian to Nashville hot chicken sandwiches. Available for two weeks from this Friday 17th June, the A1 menu will be live at BUTTER’s four Sydney locations, including Parramatta, The Rocks, Surry Hills and Chatswood.
  • BUTTER is launching an all-new, Impossible Beef Ramen dish to the Butter Ramen Club. The ramen features Impossible Beef and a vegetarian broth. You can get the Impossible Ramen from Butter Surry, Butter Chatswood, and Butter Parramatta for $20 starting, on July 5. Limited numbers are available each day.
  • The Bavarian has launched a new OTT menu, and it comes with stacked schnitzels, a board of 5kg wings, and the hottest currywurst you’ve probably ever had. The super-stacked OTT menu items are available at all The Bavarian restaurants across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and in Auckland and Queenstown in New Zealand until Sunday, July 31. Book here.
  • Sokyo in The Star has revamped its degustation to include a 19-21 course omakase experience, with chef Chase Kojima and his team slicing, rolling, and serving delicate pieces of nigiri, and hot dishes right in front of you. The experience is something lacking from Sydney, which makes it the hottest seat in the city at the moment. There are only six seats per night, so reservations will be hard to secure, but not impossible. Reservations are from Monday to Thursday and start at 6 pm. Book here.
  • Enjoy a Soju tasting and contemporary Korean degustation on a Sydney rooftop. Jung Sung has created an incredible six-course degustation that puts a twist on traditional Korean food with an Australian touch. Expect a theatrical experience, paired with exceptional food, and the chance to learn more about Soju. Think sweet corn dessert, Moreton bay bug, and crispy duck. Book here.

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