Where are Sydney’s best restaurants?

The Sydney Life
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Mark Anderson, Chief Concierge of InterContinental Sydney, is an expert on Sydney’s eclectic dining scene and is often the first point of call when it comes to guiding our guests to finding the best eats in Sydney (outside of the hotel of course!). Find out which restaurants Mark is recommending right now in his below list of definitive favourites.


Contemporary Italian and Wine Bar

Enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine with a fantastic selection of wines

A wonderful spot to just drop in for a glass of wine, or stay for some of Sydney’s best Italian dishes. One of the smallest dining spaces in Sydney, the restaurant always has a wonderful atmosphere.

Address | 10 William Street, Paddington

Distance| An approximate 10 minute drive

Website | 10williamst.com.au



Ask the expert sommelier team for guidance through one of Australia’s most iconic wine lists.

The elegant dining room, opening out onto the shimmering waters of the Harbour and the sails of the Sydney Opera House, is quintessentially Sydney. Head chef and owner, Matt Moran, is famous for his succulent lamb dishes with the meat being sourced from his own farms.

Address | 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 8 minute walk

Website | ariarestaurant.com



Enjoy a drink beforehand in The Clare, for a contemporary take on the classic Sydney public bar.

Clayton Wells brings his own approach to Sydney dining with a frequently changing five-course tasting menu. This innovative restaurant is housed in a contemporary industrial room with fittings up-cycled from various automotive engines.

Address | 5 Kensington Ave, Chippendale

Distance| An approximate 12 minute drive

Website | automata.com.au




Enjoy unique Australian cuisine with fantastic local produce with a twist – such as Steak Tartare or Scotch Fillet with Café de Ant butter

The flagship of the new Barangaroo House Venue, Bea features an exciting menu from Executive Chef Cory Campbell, accompanied with sweeping views of the inner west and a gorgeous Art Deco-inspired dining room.

Address | Level 1, Barangaroo House, 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Distance| An approximate 10 minute drive

Website | barangaroohouse.com.au/bea-restaurant/




Enjoy the pavlova, an Australian dish that has been adapted by the chef to draw inspiration from the restaurant’s unique location 

Australian produce and wine take centre stage at Bennelong restaurant at the iconic Sydney Opera House. With structured pre-theatre and a la carte dining, executive chef Peter Gilmore (Quay restaurant) provides a culinary experience in this iconic Sydney location.

Address | Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Distance| An approximate 6 minute walk

Website | bennelong.com.au



Contemporary seafood

Enjoy the seafood platter which is one of Sydney’s best.

Fresh, sustainably caught seafood in Sydney’s newest dining precinct, Barangaroo. Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt bring you Cirrus, a seafood restaurant located on the water’s edge at Sydney’s newest precinct, Barangaroo.

Address | 21 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Distance| An approximate 8 minute drive

Website | cirrusdining.com.au



Contemporary Australian

Enjoy a cocktail at Charlie Parker’s underneath the restaurant.

A 60-seater Paddington restaurant focussed on ethically produced seasonal fare, Fred’s is your new home away from home. Honouring and elevating seasonal produce by using both old-world and innovative techniques, restaurant.

Address | 380 Oxford Street, Paddington

Distance| An approximate 15 minute drive

Website | merivale.com/freds


Restaurant Hubert

French / European

The signature flank steak to share with French butter is a standout, however the restaurant is becoming as famous for its cocktails as well.

With two bars and an audacious dining room located two floors below street level, the stunning space provides a unique dining experience with an extensive food and beverage offering, while experimenting with traditional French cuisine in a contemporary setting. Visiting in groups of six or more is recommended to enjoy their full share plate styled menu. 

Address | 15 Blight Street, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 5 minute walk

Website | restauranthubert.com


Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar

Contemporary Italian

One of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants, with views over Bondi Beach

A Sydney lunch institution, Iceberg’s is known for its white apron-clad waitstaff serving contemporary Italian cuisine and sweeping views over Bondi Beach.

Address | 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach

Distance| An approximate 25 minute drive

Website | idrb.com


Long Chim

Contemporary Thai

While many dishes are very spicy, there are options to suit each palate.

Long Chim means to come sample and taste. Enjoy some of the world’s best Thai food by the first chef in the world to receive a Michelin star for Thai cuisine.

Address | Angel Place, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 8 minute walk

Website | longchimsydney.com



Contemporary Australian with Spanish influences

The foie gras parfait is an absolute must try and a signature dish.

The opening of Mercado in the rejuvenated Ash Street, has added a unique element to this dynamic pocket in Sydney’s CBD. Chef Nathan Sasi, formerly of Nomad in Surry Hills is committed to making everything from scratch, from the house baked bread to the Charcuterie.

Address | 4 Ash Street, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 10 minute walk

Website | mercadorestaurant.com.au



Contemporary Cantonese

The restaurant does not take reservations for parties of less than six people, so either arrive and dine early (6pm) or place your name on the list and enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bars in the area such as Hemmesphere, Palmer and Co or Christopher Hanna.

Without a doubt the most popular (and many would say easily the best) Chinese restaurant in Sydney, Mr Wong’s has become a dining destination in itself – the restaurant always has a buzzing atmosphere. Add to this the amazing contemporary Cantonese menu designed by Dan Hong and the kitchen’s later closing time and it’s easy to see why there’s a queue almost every evening.

Address | Bridge Lane, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 8 minute walk

Website | merivale.com.au/mrwongs



Contemporary Australian

Enjoy the house baked breads, cured charcuterie, pickled vegetables and farm to plate modern Australian dishes.

The restaurant is famous for creating many of their menu items within the walls of the restaurant. They pickle vegetables, bake artisan bread, ferment their cheeses and age their charcuterie.

Address | 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills

Distance| An approximate 15 minute drive

Website | nomadwine.com.au




The restaurant often sends their chef and sommelier back to Italy to source the best ingredients and wines – make sure that you try their large selection of Olive Oils.

Don’t be fooled by the Pendolino’s location adjacent to the stores of the heritage Strand Arcade – the restaurant is a standout Italian offering that has become a Sydney institution. Tucked away on Level 2 and featuring some of the freshest and most flavoursome pasta and Italian cuisine in Sydney, the restaurant is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Address | Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412 – 414 George Street, Sydney

Distance| An approximate 10 minute drive

Website | pendolino.com.au





May 23, 2018