Sydney Restaurants

Whatever you've heard about the food here could never do it justice. For value, for freshness, for variety, for innovation, for sheer epicurean delight, Sydney is arguably as good as it gets. Proximity to Asia and a rich migrant history have fused an altogether different attitude to the traditional mono cultural cuisine of Europe.
Take Ms. G's for example; forget whatever preconceptions you had about Asian food, or Asian decor. Ms. G's, like the iPhone, changes everything. The only problem with 'her' bite-size burger of chicken liver parfait, spicy mayo, braised pork belly and pickled vegetables, is trying not to order too many. But there are the classic Cantonese staples, reinvented and renovated for a more discerning and educated palate, like the Golden Century in Chinatown.
For seafood by the seaside, you're a naturally spoilt for choice, whether lining the harbor or perched above a beach. Manly Pavilion won Best New Restaurant, 2010, in the Good Food Guide awards, and deservedly so. Wrapped around an old 1930s building, this new temple to Italian gastronomy is all terrazzo floors, white washed walls and offers a close-up view of criss-crossing yachts or ferries approaching Manly wharf. But for something a little less formal but no less stunning, the Bathers' Pavilion Cafe (not to be confused with it's more grown-up 'restaurant' sibling next door) inspires wistful, relaxing, laid-back longing on Middle Harbor.
But for a true taste of the diversity of food on offer, inner city precincts around Darlinghurst, Paddington and Surry Hills are the dining hotspots. You like meat like Argentinians cook and eat? Try Porteno, an authentic asador (steakhouse), where huge carcasses slowly rotate and roast for hours. Fancy the perfect pate or flank steak and fries, just like your favorite Parisian bistro? Felix is it.
Ten minutes west of the city in Balmain can be found one of this town's best breakfasts at Kazbah on Darling; it's part Moroccan, part Lebanese, but with a modern Australian twist (try feta potato cake, with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and red wine onion marmalade) but truly, wholly satisfying. Which, when you think about it, sums up dining in this city.

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Four in Hand Dining Room

105 Sutherland Street
Paddington

Legendary Paddington pub, excellent bar food and dining room... read more

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Kazbah Balmain

379 Darling Street

North African & Middle Eastern delicacies in the inner west... read more

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Ventuno Restaurant

21 Hickson Road

When a modern Italian trattoria is much more than the sum of its parts... read more

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Felix

2 Ash Street

Exquisite French style bistro with all the trimmings... read more

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The Bathers' Pavilion Cafe

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4, The Esplanade
Mosman

Casual, beachside splendor; for breakfast, lunch or dinner... read more

Golden Century

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393-399 Sussex Street
Haymarket

A Chinatown icon, recently refurbished, but still retains its essential Cantonese heritage... read more

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Paul's Famous Hamburgers of Sylvania

12 Princes Highway

If you only have one authentic hamburger, make it Paul's... read more

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Manta Restaurant

6 Cowper Wharf Road

Seafood, wharf views and killer cocktails on Sydney's Woolloomooloo wharf... read more

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Fort Denison Cafe and Restaurant

Fort Dension Island

The convict-built old stone fort has great historical military significance. Catch the ferry whiz over on a water taxi for a grand way to spend a day out. The restaurant here is a Sydney Harbour secret... read more

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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel

93 Macquarie Street

Take tea in the tradtional way among the antiques and elegance of the chintzy tea room at the Sir Stamford... read more

The Star

80 Pyrmont St

It's viva Las Vegas with a full American experience at the Star's new glamour grill Black by Ezard... read more

Sushi Goi

230 Coogee Bay Road

Great drop in place for sashimi and Japanese beers at this hip sushi train by Coogee beach... read more

Sails on Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Avenue

You can't get nearer to the harbour than a window seat table at Sails in Lavender Bay... read more

Guylian Belgium Chocolate Cafe

10/3 Macquarie Street

Chocolate, champagne with a view of the Opera House. Sweet Sydney... read more

Guylian Belgium Chocolate Cafe

10/3 Macquarie Street

Chocolate, champagne with a view of the Opera House. Sweet Sydney... read more

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar (The)

1 East Circular Quay
Circular Quay East

A Great Place for a Luxurious Meal... read more

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Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant

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71 Evans Street
Rozelle

A mixture of tastes... read more

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Bodhi Cafe

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Eddy Avenue
Shop 8, Central Station

Central Station gem... read more

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Doyles on the Beach

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11 Marine Parade
(Watsons Bay)

Sydney's most famous Fish'n'Chippery... read more

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Harry's Café de Wheels

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Cowper Wharf Roadway
(Woolloomooloo)

Legendary pie cart... read more
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