When it comes to gastronomic delights, Sydney is spoilt for choice. Here are the restaurants consistently topping Best Restaurant Lists that you need to try.
Sydney’s cuisine is just one of the many things that puts it on the map as a world class destination, and gourmet globetrotters rarely go home disappointed. But if you’re a local and still haven’t feasted on the spoils of some of the world’s finest restaurants, then it’s time to treat yourself.
Here are the top 10 rated restaurants you need to try when cheap and cheerful just won’t do!
After five years ranked in the prestigious World's Best Restaurants list and a mantelpiece full of local awards, it’s fair to say that Quay has the right to be dubbed a Sydney ‘institution’. Quay to foodies is akin to the Opera House to a Cruise-ship tourist – it’s a must do. Offering sweeping views of glittering Sydney Harbour, it stands to reason that Quay is usually booked out a full season ahead – so you’ll need to plan.
Don’t let the casino locale or adjoining food court put you off – Seibo means business when it comes to fine food. Hailed for its 15 course degustation which includes New York chef David Chang's famed steamed pork bun, its inspired mix of local and sustainable fare has earned them a steady stream of regulars. The rock power ballads piped through the restaurant provide the perfect soundtrack to watch top chefs diligently at work on your creation in the open kitchen.
Earmarked in Sydney’s history as the restaurant that defined modern fine dining, a recent move to the historic Burns Phillip Building on Bridge Street has added a new chapter for the famed eatery – with critics hailing the new incarnation as a champion blend of traditional and modern cuisine. The Chinese-influenced dishes may have the critics chattering, but it’s the outstanding seafood and the best steak in Sydney that have locals returning time and time again.
It may have the reputation for hitting your hip pocket – but there’s a reason. Sepia boasts a long list of awards and mentions in Top Restaurant lists – you get what you pay for. Get set to dazzle your taste buds with chef Martin Benn’s take on contemporary, Japanese-influenced fare with out-of-the-box texture, flavour and presentation. The food is truly edible art.
When you need understated style and the polish of fine dining (minus the ostentatiousness), The Bridge Room delivers. The simple sleek interior, with it’s distinctly Swedish aesthetic, is designed to let the food do the talking, and talk it does – in many different languages. Inspired from Europe and Asia, the two-hatted restaurant serves up delectable cuisine using seasonal ingredients that earns glowing reviews.
Famed for its earthly, hearty fare and swagger, Bentley started earning its illustrious reputation almost as soon as it opened its doors in 2006 – but back then it was more about adventurous fare and an unusual wine list. Now, with a fresh make over and new location, Bentley’s reputation is firmly solidified as an exciting restaurant that consistently endeavours to pull out the stops with native Australian ingredients and high-end produce.
If you’re looking to challenge your palette and any other preconceived notions of how food should be cooked, served or eaten, your first port of call should be the gastronomic fantasy land that is Gastro Park. Continuing to season their offerings with a good dollop of science, creativity and imagination, even the most unadventurous food lovers have returned for second helpings because at the end of the day, it’s all delicious.
Porteno has put a lot of time and effort into making sure you feel like you’ve stepped back in time with it’s European vintage styling– but it’s the authentic and flavoursome food that people remember, with some saying it’s the closest you’ll get to eating Argentinean food without actually booking a flight to South America. With no reservations (patrons are asked to queue from 6pm) you’re sure to be ravenous by the time you get to eat, but the wait is worth it.
Eating here may be an expensive undertaking, but the prices don’t put off diners who covet a seat for one of Australia’s top dining experiences. From the much raved-about degustation (that comprises of 10 courses over three hours), the presentation, or the polished service, prepare to be dazzled.
A relatively new player, this Paddington restaurant is fast becoming a staple on best restaurant lists and review boards with very good reason. Building a reputation on innovative and experimental re-imaginings of classics, this share-plated restaurant is one to watch – and visit. Gourmet Traveller agrees – chefs Mik Eggert and Jemma Whiteman were recently nominated for Best New Talent.