Whether you’re visiting Sydney and want to live it up or there’s a special occasion to celebrate (yes, your girlfriend/wife/mum’s birthday is coming up soon!), the answer of what to do is simple – eat, and eat well.
Some people classify fine dining by the dress standards and others by the price, but for real foodies, a restaurant is playing amateur league until it is “hatted”, as based on a traditional French rating system.
The more hats the better, and Sydney is home to a handful of restaurants with an inconceivable 3 hats, including Peter Gilmore’s Quay and Neil Perry’s Rockpool on George, both famed for incorporating unique and delicious Australian produce into every dish.
Sydney also boasts a significant collection of one and two hat restaurants that are equally impressive to anyone who isn’t accustomed to the high life.
Personal favourites of mine include Porteno (best tapas in Sydney, if not the world), Tetsuya’s (killer Japanese) and Foveaux (weird and wonderful meats).
Room with a View
While the food is obviously a large part of fine dining, having something nice to look at (besides the person you’re with of course) adds another level of luxury and splendor to the dining experience.
If it’s water frontage you’re after, we’ve got plenty of it going around, from Icebergs perched on the cliff at Bondi Beach to Bather’s Pavilion in Balmoral and Hugo’s in Manly.
If it’s bright city lights and a view of our famous icons that you want, try ARIA at the foot of the Opera House or 360 Bar & Dining, a dining room inside Sydney’s tallest building, Sydney Tower.
Wherever you choose to enjoy your fine dining experience, make the most of it!