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Best Food in Sydney

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Sydney is a foodie's paradise. From ethnic food to 3 Hat restaurants, you can eat your way around the city - but not everything that shines is GOLD. Some of the featured restaurants in most travel guides have a "name" but no substance. If you LOVE your food and would not settle for anything less than a "fair dinkum" meal, join me in this guide to some of the truly best food in Sydney.

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10 Places

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10 Places

Spice I Am

Restaurants

Chiswick Woollahra

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Table for 20 and Sticky Bar

Bars & Clubs

The Victoria Room Bar and Restaurant

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Spice Temple

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A Tavola

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Tetsuya's

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Via Napoli Pizzeria

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Three Williams

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Porteno

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Monica U's City Tips

  • In some of the smalls cafes in Australia, Aussies tend to get up and pay at the counter instead of waiting for the bill.
  • Sometimes it can be hard to get into some of these restaurants, especially on the weekends. Be prepared to wait as bookings are not always possible.
  • Tipping is not customary in Australia, but it is always well received.
  • BYO means Bring your Own (usually wine) to a restaurant, so if you would like to save some money, find out in advance if they are BYO and stop at the local Bottle shop en route.
  • Most restaurants offer lunch from 12.00pm-3.00pm and are closed after that.
  • Spice I Am
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Monica U Says:

    Thai restaurants abound in Sydney, but this original multi-award-winning restaurant has the "best food outside of Bangkok" according to local Thai people. Wentworth Avenue was the original Spice I Am, which has since opened doors in Darlinghurst and Balmain. The philosophy is fabulous - innovative and authentic Thai food using the freshest ingredients, mixed with exotic vegetables and spices imported from Thailand.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • At lunchtime and dinner time there is always a queue, so be prepared to wait, or arrive at 12.00pm for lunch and at 6.00pm for dinner.
    • Some of my favourite dishes are Nua Daed Deaw, Spice Fried Rice (Fried rice with garlic, chilli and holy basil) and Crispy Pork Belly With Chinese Broccoli.
    • Spice I Am's chef, Sujet Saenkham, holds regular cooking classes for groups of 10-12 guests. Highly recommended!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good, nothing special 22/09/2019
    • Delicious Thai food 22/09/2019
    • Spice I Am
    Address:
    90 Wentworth Ave
    Surry Hills
    Sydney, New South Wales 2010
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9280 0928
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 31
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Chiswick Woollahra
    Restaurants (Australian)
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    Monica U Says:

    Having Sunday-morning lunch in this neighbourhood Woollahra restaurant, headed by Chef Matt Moran, is a heavenly experience. From the minute you walk down Chiswick's garden path and sit in one of the white chairs at the earthy wooden tables, you know you have arrived at a very special place. The menu is designed for sharing, and it is always changing according to the seasons. Most of the produce comes from the homegrown garden. This is warm, simple food prepared to perfection.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Chiswick hazelnut Rocher for dessert!
    • My favourites: Seared scallops, celeriac, fresh Western Australian truffle; Wood roasted Moran family lamb, white bean, & smoked tomato; hand-cut chips with black garlic aioli.
    • The menu is designed for sharing, so make sure you order a couple of the "sharing" dishes and complement them with some small plates and sides.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 135 restaurants in Woollahra
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Woollahra 14/10/2019
    • Always a pleasure 13/10/2019
    • Chiswick Woollahra
    Address:
    65 Ocean St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2025
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8388 8688
    Price range:
    USD 4 - USD 45
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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  • Table for 20 and Sticky Bar
    Bars & Clubs
    Monica U Says:

    There is an old proverb that says food always tastes better when it is shared... Table for 20 is a no fuss, low-key restaurant, located in the heart of Surry Hills, with a great sense of community. Locals have been gathering there since 2006. There are 2 long communal tables; the food comes out on shared plates and the idea is that you serve the people around you share the food with your group. Chef Michael Fantuzey prepares a 3-course set menu every night. First, you will start with an assortment of original salads, followed by Michael's eccentric main dish recipes as a live performance gets you in the mood. Finally, the freshly cooked desserts are a little piece of mouthwatering ecstasy!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure to bring a bottle of wine, a tradition that adds the home party feel to this little intimate gathering.
    • On Wednesdays they have a Roast and wine offer for $15 at Sticky Bar and a $50 at Table for 20 that includes homemade Antipasto, Main, Dessert and Wine.
    • If you are only visiting Sticky Bar the entrance is via Taggards Lane and you need to sms the password to the phone number posted at the door every day.
    • Don't forget to check Sticky Bar upstairs for a delicious drink or two!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Sydney
    • Amazing service. 31/08/2014
    • Table for 20 and Sticky Bar
    Address:
    182 Campbell St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2010
    Australia
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  • The Victoria Room Bar and Restaurant
    Restaurants (European)
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    Monica U Says:

    From time to time, it's great to reminisce about the splendour of a by-gone era. Enter the Victoria Room! A sea of blue engulfs you as soon as you walk up the stairs of this massive and decadent restaurant and bar in Darlinghurst. The mouth-watering shared menu will keep you and your friends entertained for hours and the dim lights of the Victorian chandeliers, paired with the ethereal soft jazz tunes, will transport you to an enchanting place. Some of my favourite dishes are: Mini chilli spanner crab rolls, Salad of Jerusalem Artichokes, onions, salted grapes, hazelnuts and aged cheddar and a large shared platter of Slow Roast Pork Bell with Sweet Mustard Glaze.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • On Friday nights, Scott Finnie, Australia's foremost piano and vocal entertainer, will delight you as you dine the night away.
    • Sunday night carnival is a entertaining mix of local and international artists and musicians from 7.30pm, hosted in a Spiegel tent meets Bohemia spectacular.
    • High Tea on the weekend at the Victoria Room is hosted on Saturday and Sunday starting at $45 per person. You need to book at least 2 weekends in advance to get a booking.
    • Cocktails at the Victoria Room are to die for! Try the Rose Petal or the Spice Apricot Mule.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great Vibe! 13/07/2015
    • Beautiful venue, nice food and even better drinks 02/07/2015
    • The Victoria Room Bar and Restaurant
    Address:
    L 1 235 Victoria St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2010
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9357 4488
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Wed - Fri
    6:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Sat
    12:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Other:
  • Spice Temple
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Monica U Says:

    There are Chinese restaurants and then there is Spice Temple. This cavernous restaurant in the heart of Sydney's CBD, underneath Neil Perry's famous Rockpool, offers some of the best Chinese food in Sydney. The culinary focus is regional Chinese and and the different provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang. The decor is magnificent, opulent, intimate, red - and very Chinese. One feels like being part of a very ancient Chinese Dynasty, and the food is superb. Every single time I have been to this upscale restaurant I've tried a different dish and all of them have been mouthwatering wonders. It's hard to pick a favourite but here are 2 of my utmost favourite ones: King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing and the Stir fried quail and peanuts with steamed egg custard.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Spice Temple's cocktails are named after the 12 Zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar. Look at the Calendar and pick your birthday's drink.
    • The a la carte menu is designed to be shared and enjoyed banquet style.
    • The hottest dishes are printed in RED, so beware!
    • Yum cha is served Thursday to Sunday from 12-3pm and is an experience not to be missed!
    • For groups of 10 or more there are several private dining rooms that offer a very intimate atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #247 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    • Spice Temple - Sydney 16/10/2019
    • Excellent Food With Service To Match 12/10/2019
    • Spice Temple
    Address:
    City Mutual Building 10 Bligh St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8078 1888
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Other:
  • A Tavola
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Monica U Says:

    There are many hotly-tipped Italian restaurants in Sydney but this local's favourite from Adelaide chef Eugenio Maiale is an all-time winner. Hand-made Italian pastas, like Pappadele, Maccheroni, Linguine and Casarecce are prepared daily and mixed with the freshest ingredients and sauces to produce outstanding flavours and authentic, simple food. The space revolves around a 10m-long communal Indian marble table and there are always daily specials on the board.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Other than pasta, the calamari fritti is to die for.
    • Get there early or book in advance. It is extremely crowded on Friday and Saturday nights.
    • Another A Tavola's restaurant is located at Bondi Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Italian Food 21/09/2019
    • Good food 21/09/2019
    • A Tavola
    Address:
    348 Victoria St
    Darlinghurst
    Sydney, New South Wales 2010
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9331 7871
    Price range:
    USD 51 - USD 58
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Other:
  • Tetsuya's
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Fusion)
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    Monica U Says:

    As a foodie, at least once in your life you need to try something truly superb, and the 10-course degustation menu at this Japanese-French fusion restaurant may just be that something! Tetsuya's impressive array of dishes, based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours mixed with his own French cooking style, has made his restaurant a unique high-end gastronomic adventure. At $220 per person it is not your ordinary Friday night out, but you will never regret the experience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The ten-course degustation menu is $220* (GST inclusive) per person, and the accompanying wine course is from $105* (GST inclusive) per person.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High expectations were met. 12/10/2019
    • Even better 10 years on 16/09/2019
    • Tetsuya's
    Address:
    529 Kent St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9267 2900
    Price range:
    USD 170 - USD 170
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    5:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Sat
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    6:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Via Napoli Pizzeria
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Healthy)
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    Monica U Says:

    If the name "Napoli" isn't enough to conjure up images of fresh, warm, delicious Italian pizza, how about a meter-long hand-kneaded pizza, baked for no more than 60 to 90 seconds in a wood-fired domed oven, by a third-generation pizza chef from Naples. This is simply the most impressive pizza place I've ever been to and well worth the 20-minute trip from Sydney CBD to Lane Cove. The garlic pizza, with roasted fresh garlic is so delicious that you could die right there and be sure you have tasted heaven.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Pizzas come as 15", 50m or 1m and can be a combination of up to 3 flavours.
    • This place is definitely great for bringing friends and family together. Tables for 10 -15 people are a normal occurrence.
    • Make room for the superb antipasto and the tiramisu for dessert.
    • Learn some Italian! It will get you straight past the queue and seated at a table Pronto!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 67 restaurants in Lane Cove
    • Lovely Pizzas 11/10/2019
    • Home delivery Sucks 01/09/2019
    • Via Napoli Pizzeria
    Address:
    141 Longueville Rd
    Shop 2 & 3
    Lane Cove, New South Wales 2066
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9428 3724
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Three Williams
    Restaurants (Cafe, Australian)
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    Monica U Says:

    I discovered this semi-industrial place in Redfern - designed by architect Antony Gill - almost by accident when my one of my favourite breakfast places in Surry Hills had a 45 minute waiting list. Oh boy, what a pleasant surprise I got! Their aim is to "Be a destination – to create a unique experience that people will travel for,” and that's exactly what they deliver. The menu has been designed by ex-Aria and Chiswick chef, Tim Bryan, and it is changed daily. Service is fast and attentive, drinks arrive in playful milk bottles with house-made seasonal sodas, peanut caramel shakes and smoothies to choose from, and the coffee is superb. You won't be disappointed, these guys seriously rock!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Things to try include: crunchy brioche french toast , the signature Narnie (naan sandwich), and for something different, how about a Cauliflower Tabouli Salad with chicken.
    • They serve breakfast until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #183 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Truffle season 28/09/2019
    • Enjoyable but not exceptional 21/09/2019
    • Three Williams
    Address:
    613a Elizabeth St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2016
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9698 1111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
  • Porteno
    Restaurants (Barbecue, Argentinian)
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    Monica U Says:

    You will not find another authentic Argentinian place as good as this one in Sydney. All meals are prepared in a traditional "parrilla" (BBQ) and "asado" (pit of fire), including the 8-hour slow-cooked pig and lamb. The menu is designed to share, in the authentic Argentinian tradition - if you're feeling adventurous, why not try the Lengua en Escabeche (Pickled Veal tongue), the Morcilla (Blood sausage with Red Peppers in Garlic, or the Repollitos de Brusela (Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts with Lentils and Mint).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you cannot get in for dinner, try the Gardel Bar upstairs where they serve a "casual menu".
    • It can be quite pricey so don't be fooled by the "South American" label.
    • For groups of 5 or more book in advance to avoid disappointment.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #345 of 5,246 restaurants in Sydney
    • Great potential, main meal disappointing 13/10/2019
    • Too pricey 04/08/2019
    • Porteno
    Address:
    50 Holt Street
    Surry Hills
    Sydney, New South Wales 2010
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8399 1440
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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