7 World-famous restaurants to sample in Sydney

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    7 World-famous restaurants to sample in Sydney

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    When you’re travelling, it’s a mandatory requirement that you check out the local cuisine. In Australia, you can always get a meat pie or fish and chips at your nearest pub, but sometimes the situation calls for something a little fancier. When you want to step up your food game, try visiting these world-class Sydney eateries and enjoy the best the Harbour City has to offer!


    Quay, The Rocks

    Want exquisite food with a view of the harbour? Then make your way directly to Peter Gilmore’s Quay, on Argyle Street. Not only will you be treated to breathtaking views of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, you’ll also be dining at one of only a handful Australian restaurants to make it on to the prestigious S. Pellegrino World's Top 50 List. With menu items like slow braised quail with bitter chocolate black pudding and Blackmore wagyu with smoked oyster and roasted grains, it’s not hard to see why Quay is Australia’s most awarded restaurant.


    est., George Street

    Run by renowned chef Peter Doyle, est. is...MORE a glamorous eating experience located in the heart of Sydney. Serving a unique blend of French-Australian fusion surrounded by soaring white pillars and decorated ceilings, eating at est. is a feast for all the senses. Whether you’re stopping in for an elegant lunch, or spoiling yourself to an unforgettable dinner, est. is well worth the expense. Don’t expect to just walk in, however; bookings are essential, so be sure to call ahead.


    Sydney Tower Buffet, Pitt Street

    When you’re visiting Sydney, a visit to the Sydney Tower Buffet and its 360˚ views of the city below is an absolute must. The buffet-style dining gives a much more relaxed setting without compromising on presentation, freshness or taste. Best of all, the restaurant features a revolving view, so no matter where you’re sitting you’re guaranteed a breathtaking and truly unique view of Sydney. The Sydney Tower Buffet is open for lunch and dinner, so you can admire the city by day, and see the city lights by night.


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    7 World-famous restaurants to sample in Sydney

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    Tetsuya’s, Kent Street

    Traditional Japanese dining with a twist, Tetsuya’s is one of Sydney’s most popular restaurants. Famous for its 10-course degustation menu and set inside a refurbished heritage-listed building, dining at Tetsuya’s is an experience not to be missed. With its own test kitchen built on site, expect unique dishes that are prepared with equal measure of creativity and skill. This restaurant is always packed, so you’re likely to need to book months in advance.


    bills, Darlinghurst

    Don’t be fooled by its seemingly modest décor, bills – located on Liverpool street in Darlinghurst – has some top quality food. Including, but not limited to, the best scrambled eggs ever. Seriously. Stopping into bills for breakfast is akin to strapping on your super suit before starting your day; you’ll feel like you’re able to achieve anything. bills also has locations in Surry Hills and Bondi Beach.


    Jamie’s Italian, Pitt Street

    Founded by world-famous chef Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Italian is an...MORE upper-class dining experience with a casual atmosphere. The restaurant is spread over two levels, with the lower level a traditional restaurant setting, and the upper mezzanine level with an open kitchen so you can see exactly how the chefs prepare your meal. Open for dinner or lunch, tuck into some Italian food with a delicious Australian twist that is – as with most food – best enjoyed with friends.


    Rockpool, The Rocks

    Awarded Restaurant of the Year in the 2016 Australian Gourmet Traveller Guide, Rockpool oozes sophistication and class. Founded by Neil Perry and situated a stone’s throw from Sydney Harbour, Rockpool is a foodie’s wildest dream. The menu features an ever-evolving selection of top quality local produce, and the wine list is award winning, so you’re guaranteed a perfect match. If you’re after something a little more casual, head to Rockpool Bar and Grill on Hunter Street for the perfect grilled meat and a delicious dessert.