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Gourmet dining Sydney

  • Serrano ham
  • ARIA Sydney, Circular Quay



This Surry Hills restaurant draws on the flavours of the Mediterranean to showcase the best produce grown and raised by Australian farmers, grape growers and wine makers. The kitchen is committed to getting the best out of this produce using classic techniques to create cured meats, pickles and cheese varieties in-house.

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Sydney's Best Restaurants

Sydney offers many award-winning gourmet dining experiences that combine great food and wine with excellent service and a beautiful atmosphere.

Quay is currently ranked as number 60 on The World's Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. Located on Sydney Harbour, it offers sweeping views from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney restaurant has also earned three chefs' hats in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Good Food Guide 2015. The guide also awarded three chefs' hats to Momofuku Seiobo, Rockpool and Sepia.

Two-hatted restaurants include Aria, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, est.Gastro ParkIcebergs Dining Room & Bar, Ormeggio at The SpitPortenoSpice Temple and Tetsuya's.

More than 50 Sydney restaurants have earned one hat, and they're sprinkled all over Sydney. Aki's Indian RestaurantThe Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Cafe Sopra, China Doll, Flying Fish, glass brasserie, Ms G'sSean's Panaroma and Ume are just a few.

Sepia - Restaurant of the Year

A bonito dish served at Sepia.

The SMH Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year earns its title thanks to Australian Gourmet Traveller Chef of the Year Martin Benns sophisticated technique and artistry, Vicki Wilds award-winning special front-of-house service and an expert sommelier.

  • The Ester dining room features low hanging globe-shaped lights and arched openings that offer diners a view to the bustling kitchen.


    Named Time Out Sydney's 2014 Restaurant of the Year, this Chippendale establishment also earned two chefs' hats in the SMH Good Food Guide 2015. Book on a Wednesday night to experience their four-course set menu World Series dinners focusing on a unique region or food type.

  • Neil Perry works alongside head chef Phil Wood in the Rockpool kitchen.


    Located in the historic Burns Philp Building on Bridge Street, the kitchen of this three-hatted restaurant is run under the guidance of Neil Perry, one of Australia's leading and most influential chefs. Neil was the first chef in NSW to earn an accumulative total of 100 chefs' hats in the SMH Good Food Guide.

  • Marque restaurant in Surry Hills


    Marque in Surry Hills combines classical French cuisine with the best of Australian produce. Head chef Mark Best pushes conventional food boundaries in unexpected ways with innovative techniques from dehydration to jelly or flash-frozen. The result is robust flavour combinations and carefully composed presentations.

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