If you’re looking for a bite to eat when visiting one of Australia’s most iconic cities, there’s never a shortage of quality restaurants in Sydney. From hipster cafes on Bondi Beach to Michelin-starred restaurants in the CBD, you’re guaranteed a gourmet treat in a city that claims to be a foodie paradise.
Trends in Sydney’s most popular restaurants are fluctuating, but several names have remained in the spotlight as some of the best restaurants in the city.
With exceptional views of the Sydney Opera House, you can’t go wrong with this legendary dining establishment. With a quintessential Australian menu, Chef Tom Gorringe uses the freshest local produce to create his seasonal menus that pair perfectly with one of Australia’s best wine lists.
Yebisu Bar & Grill
In line with the global craze for Japanese food, Yebisu Bar & Grill offers a trendy tapas-style menu of sumptuous Japanese delights, indicative of the Izakaya style of dining. Perfectly paired with the finest Japanese sake and vodka (Shochu), you’re guaranteed an incredibly authentic dining experience in Sydney’s central Chinatown district.
The Stables Bistro
There’s no doubt that Australians love horse racing and Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse is home to some of the best gourmet restaurants in the city. In addition to a delicious menu, your server may also be able to walk you through Queen Elizabeth Stakes Odds so you can enjoy a bet or two while you dine.
Bambini Trust & Wine Room
Located in Sydney’s vibrant CBD, Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room has won several awards for its delicious Italian cuisine, served in a stylish series of rooms located in the historic St James Building. Years of service to Sydney’s business elite have made this establishment a key player in the local culinary scene.
Party at Sheraton Grand
Being a port city means Sydney has access to some of the best seafood deals in the country. Feast at the Sheraton Grand in Sydney offers a delicious seafood buffet with the freshest local seafood on offer for lovers to enjoy a great Australian culinary experience.
MIM in 1821
With Australia’s ethnically diverse core makeup, it’s no wonder Sydney’s dining experience is so varied. MIM by 1821 offers a mezzanine-style setting with some of the best Greek fare in town. Perfect for larger groups to share and enjoy traditional flavors, this is a staple of the city’s culinary scene and has been for many years.
Located in the popular Circular Quay, The East offers the best authentic Chinese recipes to hungry diners. With an extensive menu to choose from, one visit to The East will never be enough. The food is designed to tantalize your taste buds and the ambiance is ideal to keep you coming back again and again.
Press of Cali
Surrounded by the light sea air, Cali Press offers a range of fresh-pressed gourmet juices and a cooked-from-scratch menu on the shores of Bondi Beach. Known locally for its sustainable ethos and use of the freshest produce, Cali Press is the healthy and delicious choice for beachgoers all year round.
Of course, the list of amazing Sydney dining establishments could go on and on, but these standout players have been real game changers in the city’s culinary scene. As their menus continue to evolve with the seasons and produce and ingredients become ever more local, these are the places that will remain institutions for years to come.
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