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Café Sydney offers consistently good food and excellent service. Located on the rooftop of Customs House with stunning Harbour views, this is quintessential Sydney dining.

5th Floor, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay (02) 9251 8683 www.cafesydney.com

 

Bistro Moncur has been offering  French Bistro Classics such as sirloin Café de Paris and their famous onion gratin soufflé for nearly 20 years. A local favourite and a firm part of the Woollahra landscape. For simpler (and cheaper) fare head upstairs to Moncur Terrace.

Bistro Moncur, The Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra (02) 9327 9713 www.woollahrahotel.com.au

.Indu

Top of the range Indian and Sri Lankan food in a very modern industrial space softened with copper lights. The food speaks of village recipes generations old delivered in a sophisticated twist on typical Asian fare.

 

http://www.indudining.com.au/

 

Best BYO Options in Sydney

 Without the associated mark up on the wine list, eating out in Sydney can be kinder on the pocket – here’s a few of our Sydney suggestions:

  • Bar Reggio: This cheap and cheerful Italian is a solid favourite and is especially good for groups with set menu deals under $35 a head plus $3 corkage per person. Authentic, crowd pleasing Pizzas and Pastas, indoor/outdoor seating and a bustling, friendly vibe.

135 Crown Street, Darlinghurst www.barreggio.com.au

  • Thainesia: Another restaurant that has been around forever but consistently offers great tasting Thai food - a lot fresher than its slightly tired exterior would suggest. Equally suited to tables for 2 as to larger groups turn up hungry and you won’t leave disappointed.

243 Oxford St, Darlinghurst www.thainesia.com.au

  • Vacanza Pizzeria: With two locations to choose from – Bronte or Surry Hills – you can be assure a laid back vibe and thin and crispy pizzas. These guys take their craft seriously and advocate a less is more philosophy stipulating ‘Changes and Modifications are politely declined unless it’s a matter of life and death’. Bring a bottle and a sense of humour. www.vacanza.com.au
  • Phamish: This is the type of place where you get in, get well fed and get back out of there again. No bookings and a quick table turnaround hasn’t stopped the locals lapping up the fresh tasting Vietnamese cuisine on offer. Go with a group so you get to share as much of the menu as possible. 248 Palmer St, Darlinghurst 2010
  • Il Baretto: For something a bit more substantial, this Surry Hills Italian offers a small but perfectly formed menu with seasonal dishes – think Pappardelle with duck ragu or Saltimboca alla Romana. Go with friends who are not afraid of carbs and don’t forget it is cash only. 496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills www.ilbarettosydney.com
  • Ripples: If you are looking for high end waterfront dining Sydney style that still allows BYO ($10 corkage) this is a great spot to while away a summer afternoon. Food is Modern Australian – the Fish & Chips are a perennial favourite.

Building 7, Deck C, Chowder Bay Rd, Chowder Bay www.rippleschowderbay.com.au

 

North Bondi Italian Food is the perfect spot to people watch, whilst enjoying rustic Italian fare. Try Spagetti in a bag, delicious cocktails and plates to share.

118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi (02) 9300 4400 www.idrb.com

 

Catalina Restaurant Perched on the edge of Lyne Park and overlooking Sydney Harbour, Catalina’s serves beautiful seafood with a view. The perfect spot to watch the sea planes take off, the friendly pelicans and the sun set over Rose Bay.

Lyne Park, New South Head Rd, Rose Bay  (02) 9371 0555 www.catalinarosebay.com.au

 

Machiavelli's Restaurant  is a Sydney Institution, known for the power lunches held there by the city's movers and shakers (whose photographs adorn the walls). Consistently good service and fantastic authentic Italian food (pasta to die for) makes it a popular choice for weeknight lunches and dinners. Deal Making is an optional extra.

123 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000 (02) 9299 3748 www.machiavelli.com.au

 

Last Train to Bombay serves delicious authentic Indian cuisine and specialises in Chaat (‘Street food’) the way it tastes back home. Unpretentious neighbourhood favourite.

469 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest (02) 9460 6664 www.lasttraintobombay.com.au

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Chiswick Restaurant is set in the pretty grounds of Chiswick Gardens and serves delicious home grown produce. A neighbourhood restaurant with friendly staff and a buzzy atmosphere. Book ahead or turn up and join the communal table and make new friends.

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra (02) 8388 8688 www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au

 

Hugos Manly is the perfect spot to enjoy pizza with the pretty people. Right on the water, next to Manly wharf, means you get delicious food with a view. Ideal for a long lunch or groovy mid week supper.

Shop 1, Manly Wharf/East Esplanade, Manly (02) 8116 8555 www.hugos.com.au

 

The Kiosk is tucked away from the hustle of Manly, on picturesque Shelly beach (one of our locale secret beaches). Modern Asian Cuisine and delicious seafood dishes make this a popular spot for celebrations and lazy lunches. Eat, drink and be merry.

1 Marine Parade, Shelly Beach Manly (02) 9977 4122 www.lekiosk.com.au

 

Sydney’s Best Restaurants

If you are looking for award winning, high end dining, try Momofuku (www.momofuku.com) , Quay (www.quay.com.au) , Universal (www.universalrestaurant.com) , Marque (www.marquerestaurant.com.au ), or Tetsuyas  www.tetsuyas.com) . All perfect for celebrating in style.

Momofuku- The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, level g, Sydney. Online bookings.

Quay- Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, 5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks (02) 9251 5600

Universal – Republic 2 Courtyard Palmer St, Between Burton and Liverpool, Darlinghurst.

(02) 9331 0709

Marque- 5/355 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 933 2225

Tetsuyas- 529 Kent St, Sydney (02) 9267 2900

 

Destination Dining

Woolloomooloo Wharf

Waterfront dining the way the locals do it- Choose China Doll (www.chinadoll.com.au) for stylish Chinese, Otto (www.ottoristorante.com.au) is Italian for ladies who lunch, Manta (www.manta.com.au) for delicious seafood, Kingley’s Steak and Crab House (www.kingsleys.com.au) for steak and chips and Aki’s (www.akisindian.com.au ) for something a little spicier.

Woolloomooloo Wharf, Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

 

Surry Hills

Surry Hills takes the prize for the coolest, new restaurants in town. You could eat there every night of the week and never go hungry. For delicious Japanese in a cool, urban setting try Toko (and the slightly more laid back Tokonoma lounge next door for cocktails) www.toko.com.au . For Latin inspired modern tapas in a fun and colourful setting check out Bodega. For inventive Bistro fare with large and small plates to share you can’t go past District Dining (www.districtdining.com.au ). Long time local favourite Red Lantern (www.redlantern.com)  offers Vietnamese food made with love. For something a little bit different try Table for Twenty (www.tablefor20.blogspot.com.au )  which is BYO Neighbourhood dining at its finest.

 

Toko – 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9357 6100

Bodega- 216 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills (02) 9212 7766

District Dining- 17 Randle Street, Surry Hills (02) 9211 7798

Red Lantern – 545 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9698 4355

Table for 20 – Ring/Text 0416 096 916 (Michael Fantuz)

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Best BYO Options in Sydney

 Without the associated mark up on the wine list, eating out in Sydney can be kinder on the pocket – here’s a few of our Sydney suggestions:

  • Bar Reggio: This cheap and cheerful Italian is a solid favourite and is especially good for groups with set menu deals under $35 a head plus $3 corkage per person. Authentic, crowd pleasing Pizzas and Pastas, indoor/outdoor seating and a bustling, friendly vibe.

135 Crown Street, Darlinghurst www.barreggio.com.au

  • Thainesia: Another restaurant that has been around forever but consistently offers great tasting Thai food - a lot fresher than its slightly tired exterior would suggest. Equally suited to tables for 2 as to larger groups turn up hungry and you won’t leave disappointed.

243 Oxford St, Darlinghurst www.thainesia.com.au

  • Vacanza Pizzeria: With two locations to choose from – Bronte or Surry Hills – you can be assure a laid back vibe and thin and crispy pizzas. These guys take their craft seriously and advocate a less is more philosophy stipulating ‘Changes and Modifications are politely declined unless it’s a matter of life and death’. Bring a bottle and a sense of humour. www.vacanza.com.au
  • Phamish: This is the type of place where you get in, get well fed and get back out of there again. No bookings and a quick table turnaround hasn’t stopped the locals lapping up the fresh tasting Vietnamese cuisine on offer. Go with a group so you get to share as much of the menu as possible. 248 Palmer St, Darlinghurst 2010
  • Il Baretto: For something a bit more substantial, this Surry Hills Italian offers a small but perfectly formed menu with seasonal dishes – think Pappardelle with duck ragu or Saltimboca alla Romana. Go with friends who are not afraid of carbs and don’t forget it is cash only. 496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills www.ilbarettosydney.com
  • Ripples: If you are looking for high end waterfront dining Sydney style that still allows BYO ($10 corkage) this is a great spot to while away a summer afternoon. Food is Modern Australian – the Fish & Chips are a perennial favourite.

Building 7, Deck C, Chowder Bay Rd, Chowder Bay www.rippleschowderbay.com.au






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