The restaurant scene in Sydney is quite varied, ranging from international acclaimed restaurants to flavors from throughout Australia. Visitors can also delight in unusual restaurants that explore the tastes of traditional aboriginal foods. Dining in Sydney can be an unforgettable experience.
Dining With a View
Captain Cook Cruises offers an amazing opportunity for dining or having lunch onboard one of the many boats in the fleet. This is perhaps one of the best ways for seeing Sydney. The food is mostly international and the prices are fairly reasonable.
If you enjoy breathtaking views, do not miss the Rooster Restaurant, nestled in a cozy boutique style Bed and Breakfast, at the top of a cliff looking across Jamison Valley to Kings Tableland. Dine on traditional Australian delicacies while the logs burn in the fireplace.
For the ultimate in Blue Mountains dining, Solitary has the most amazing views. It boasts exceptional food as well as warm service. It’s somewhat on the expensive side though the views make for an unforgettable experience.
Australia’s wineries have recently gained world acclaim. Hunter Valley Wineries is known for its quality wines and now, it has become a popular place for locals and visitors to obtain the best gourmet food. Specialties include yellow fin tuna.
For romantic dining in Sydney, don’t miss Rock pool, where the motto, “ocean to table” is true. They serve the freshest seafood, and create the most amazing dishes; a favorite of the chef is ceviche of Crystal Bay prawns with avocado, chili and lime. Its cozy atmosphere makes it a special place to dine.
Imperial Peking Harbourside is another example of fine dining in Sydney. It is one of the most elegant restaurants, with continental style cooking. Specialties include abalone, mud crabs, scampi in a special wine sauce and barbequed crocodile, which is tender and practically fat-free.
Though dining in Sydney is a unique and wonderful experience, a few restaurants offer amazing and yes, new levels of unique experiences. A great choice is Clydesdales Horse Drawn Restaurant, a horse-drawn carriage from the 1890s, restored with velvet, lace, brass and antique fitting; you’ll enjoy great food and wine while listening to your host narrate history.
For more unconventional dining in Sydney, don’t miss Australian Bush Tuckers, which serve traditional aboriginal foods such as seasonal fruits, roots, vegetables, fish and meat with flavors of bygone eras.
Australian seafood is rich in variety; Sydney’s rock oysters are among the most famous around the world along with its fish and chips. Most visitors seek special places where to enjoy fresh local seafood and Sean’s Panorama is quite popular with specialties like fried calamari and deep fried snapper.
But if your budget calls for great fresh seafood at inexpensive prices, do not miss the more than 20 eateries of Harbourside, with great views of Darling Harbor.
Tip: To get to Harbourside you can take the monorail, the light rail, the explorer bus or ferry. It’s also easy to get there by foot.