26 July 2013
You might be a Sydney local through and through or just stopping in the harbour city for a few days. Either way, everyone needs to eat – and luckily, there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants to tempt your tastebuds in the NSW capital.
Here are some of our top picks of the best Sydney restaurants and cafes the city has to offer.
Cafe Sydney, Circular Quay
With a massive balcony that offers sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, Cafe Sydney is a great place to position yourself in the heart of the action.
It’s not hard to see why this is a popular hotspot – the menu features an extensive range of local seafood, and on Sundays, this waterfront venue offers up plenty of smooth jazz music.
Because of its exceptional location, reservations for lunch and dinner are nearly always essential – and if you want to score one of its prime outdoor tables, it is best to mention this to your host or hostess when you make your booking.
The Botanist, Kirribilli
We all know flowers are beautiful to look at, but at The Botanist in Kirribilli, they also feature prominently on the menu! This unique eatery offers up loads of floral-infused menu items and drinks and prepares the majority of their dishes using natural ingredients.
Add in a green and grassy decor – check out the feature wall made from moss! – and you have all the ingredients for a back-to-nature meal out.
Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh, Potts Point
It’s not every day that a cafe inside a grocery store is worth writing home about, but Cafe Sopra in Potts Point is the exception to this rule. Located within fresh food grocer Fratelli Fresh, this humble eatery is the perfect place to indulge in a bit of comfort food.
Think rustic Italian dishes with a few English-style roast meals added in for variety – and this is before you get to the separate menu that is just for pizzas! Cafe Sopra is open for lunch and dinner settings every day of the week.
Momofuku Seiobo, Pyrmont
Momofuku is a series of modern Asian restaurants in New York City – and chef David Chang chose the bustling suburb of Pyrmont for its first non-US location.
At Momofuku Seiobo, be prepared to tempt your tastebuds with a selection of Chinese and Korean-Australian fare, all served up in an intimate and vibrant setting (listen for plenty of classic rock on the sound system). Reservations are essential and must be made in advance online – but it’s totally worth it!
The Fish Shop, Potts Point
Sydney’s reputation as the harbour city might leave you with a hankering for some traditional fish and chips – and there are few places in the city that dish up this classic (with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure) better than The Fish Shop in Potts Point.
Here, you’ll find plenty of nautical kitsch (look for the bathrooms labelled ‘buoys’ and ‘gulls’), but also a delicious menu offering up a mix of chip-shop classics and modern seafood. Try the fabulous smoked salmon sandwich or the braised octopus with chickpeas for something a little different.
360 Bar and Dining, Sydney CBD
You might have heard of revolving restaurants before, but it’s rare to experience one with such beautiful views. Located within Sydney Tower, 360 Bar and Dining offers up stunning panoramic views of Sydney and the surrounding areas – it’s one of the best vantage points in the city and a visit at sunset is particularly memorable.
The food here doesn’t disappoint either – a lunch and dinner menu is available, as well as a six-course degustation option. 360’s extensive drink selection is also worth a mention – choose from the comprehensive wine list or opt for a luxurious cocktail to either start or finish your meal in style.
Wildfire, Circular Quay
Situated within the Overseas Passenger Terminal on the west side of Circular Quay, it’s no surprise that Wildfire offers up some pretty incredible views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
But while the views may initially draw you into this waterfront gem, you’ll want to stay for the fabulous menu. Wildfire serves up an eclectic mix of modern Aussie fare prepared using traditional methods. From oysters to lamb and some of the best steaks in Sydney, you’ll find something on the menu here to appeal to every taste.
Tetsuyas, Sydney CBD
Tetsuyas offers up a unique fusion of French and Japanese fare – this unique and winning combination ensures that it regularly features on critics’ lists of top restaurants in Sydney and around the world.
Located on Kent Street in the heart of the Sydney CBD for more than 13 years, this is the perfect place to try a little bit of everything – the 11-course degustation menu is an indulgent treat that your tastebuds will thank you for!
Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sydney CBD
Neil Parry’s modern grillhouse is housed in one of Australia’s best-kept Art Deco buildings – the City Mutual Building, which dates back to 1936.
But while the setting is historic, the menu is thoroughly modern Aussie fare. There’s an exhaustive list of wines and cocktails to get you started, but this chic Hunter Street restaurant is also the perfect place to grab a succulent steak or a meal of stunning seafood (try the spaghetti topped with Tasmanian clams).
Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney CBD
You might be surprised to see a pizza place in our latest top ten – until you try the pizzas from Frankie’s, that is! This surprising basement bar in the heart of central Sydney offers up some of the finest – and most reasonably priced – pizzas in the harbour city, crafted with the finest-quality ingredients.
Best of all, they’re open late. Frankie’s Pizza’s license allows it to serve up delicious food and drinks until 4 AM, so if you’re planning a night out on the town, this is the place to go!