Sydney’s dining market is known for its flair, creativity, and quality. World-class chefs, great local produce, and sophisticated diners have provided Sydney’s dining scene with a strong basis for innovation and style. Given the choices available in the city, an exhaustive list is difficult to create, but these are some of the finest restaurants in Sydney, many probably within a short distance of your Sydney apartment or hotel.
Located in a heritage-listed site in Kent St, Tetsuya’s, owned by chef Tetsuya Wakuda, has become one of the must-try restaurants in Sydney. The restaurant consistently tops local best-restaurants lists and was ranked 27 in the Elite Traveller’s World’s Top Restaurants Guide in 2012.
The restaurant offers cuisine with Australian, Japanese, and French influences, with a focus on Japanese flavours that have been enhanced using French techniques. Tetsuya’s signature dish is Confit of Tasmanian Ocean Trout with shaved fennel and trout caviar.
Located on Crown St, Marque was named the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Restaurant of the Year and Restaurant of the Year by the Sydney Morning Herald. The restaurant is known for its no-frills interior, and for the dedication of its chef, Mark Best.
The restaurant’s menu boasts innovative ingredients and modern French cooking techniques. With a relatively small seating capacity of 50, it is essential to book if you want to dine out at Marque.
Quay is said to be Australia’s most awarded restaurant. The restaurant is located in one of the most spectacular vantage points of the Harbour, with both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in direct sight. Quay was voted 48 in S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2013, with 2013 being the fifth year that the restaurant has maintained its ranking. The Australian Gourmet Traveller named Quay Restaurant of the Year in 2013.
Chef Peter Gilmore was named Chef of the Year by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. With a seating capacity of up to 150, Quay can be booked for private functions and weddings. The restaurant’s menu emphasises nature and the harmony of flavours and textures.
Est is another much-awarded restaurant in Sydney. This George St restaurant, which features Peter Doyle as head chef, has maintained a three-hat status with the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards for a number of years. The menu is modern Australian with an emphasis on the best quality ingredients and fresh produce.
Est offers a private function room that seats up to 16 people. Like some of the other top Sydney restaurants, Est has an affordable lunch menu and a seven-course degustation menu.
Located on Pyrmont St, Momofuku Seiobo is the world-famous chef David Chang’s first venture outside of his native New York City. The restaurant has won numerous awards, including Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant of the Year in 2012.
Along with an emphasis on technique and fresh produce, the restaurant sources its ingredients selectively, by developing long-term relationships with Australian suppliers, artisans, and farmers. There are dinner and lunch tasting menus available.
Rockpool on George
Rockpool on George St is a two-hatted restaurant according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. The restaurant, owned by Neil Perry, has been described as an upmarket steakhouse that offers seafood and pasta in modern-Australian style. The restaurant sources ingredients from the country’s top producers. The menu features four types of beef, a huge seafood selection, and an extensive wine list.