If you’re looking to move to Sydney, make yourself at home at these popular hangouts. Many frequent these restaurants to quench their thirst and satisfy their tastebuds. No need to travel far in Sydney to get flavours from around the world.
Based on customer reviews, here is a countdown of the top twenty restaurants in Sydney.
20. Home Thai Restaurant – Located on Sussex Street not far from Town Hall, the menu boasts traditional Thai food including the famous delicious Pad Thai and crispy pork belly.
19. The Dining Room – Part of Sydney’s Park Hyatt, the restaurant provides perfect harbour views. It is definitely a date-night must. They offer fine French cuisine. Delightful on the palate and the eyes.
18. La Renaissance Patisserie & Cafe – Classic and tech-savvy, customers can order and pre-pay for scrumptious breads, cakes, and other delectable French-baked goods in store or online. The treats have originated from world-renowned patisserie chefs. It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or late afternoon tea, and the place is a historic oasis amid concrete jungle. It’s found on The Rocks not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art.
17. Cafe Sydney – High on the roof of Customs House, this is a great restaurant with commanding views of the harbour. The menu recently included pulled pork croquettes and for the more adventurous, wagyu tongue. Seafood is also a must to eat here paired with delectable sides.
16. Felix Bar and Bistro – The full French experience can be had here beginning with steak tartare and never-ending choices of wine. You will be transported from Sydney to France in one dining experience. This award-winning bar and bistro is open for lunch and dinner on Ash Street. Many diners rave about their steak frites and passion fruit soufflé with coconut sorbet.
15. Fish at the Rocks – Deemed “Sydney’s favourite seafood restaurant,” it doesn’t disappoint. They offer an extensive seafood menu and their to-die-for dishes are beautifully presented. Oysters, flounder, and fish and chips are a must.
14. Thai Pothong – This restaurant is found in the Newtown area. Tastefully decorated for a complete Thai experience, many customers enjoy the great atmosphere, friendly staff, and of course, the delicious Thai food. Favourites are the red duck curry, tom yum soup, massaman curry, Thai chicken salad, and papaya prawn salad. Meals can be done vegetarian as well.
13. China Doll – This award-winning restaurant is at a great location on Woolloomooloo Wharf. Its kitchen is under the guidance of famous chef Frank Shek, so expect excellent cooking from this restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Customers love the shumai, salt and pepper prawns, and Penang curry.
12. Mr. Wong – Not far from the Museum of Sydney, this beautifully designed Asian restaurant offers amazing and affordable dim sum and Cantonese-style dishes. Winning Best New Restaurant in 2014 from the Sydney Morning Herald and New Restaurant of the Year from Australian Gourmet Traveller, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Wong.
11. Twenty 8 Acres Cafe – In close proximity to the University of Sydney, get your coffee fix and fresh juice here. This is a breakfast and lunch spot featuring locally sourced and seasonal produce. A favourite is the bacon and egg brioche.
10. Guillaume – Located in the Paddington area, this is another fine French restaurant but with an exceptional gastronomic experience. You can be sure of a gorgeously-plated lunch or dinner. Expect an exquisite soufflé.
9. Alegrias Spanish Tapas – Enjoy a great evening with friends or a date here in the Balmain area. Saturday nights are accompanied by live flamenco dancing and music. Traditional Spanish food is served here including paella and sangria. The fish and chorizo skewers are also favourites.
8. The Spice Rooms – The Spice Rooms in the Quay Building offers a tasty treat of East Indian cuisine. Get your fill of naan bread, butter chicken, and other special curries here.
7. Tetsuya’s – Close to Town Hall, Tetsuya’s degustation menu makes for a fine culinary experience for the senses. The ocean trout and oysters are exceptional. You can relax looking at their peaceful garden-setting.
6. Playfair Cafe and Sandwich Bar – Another good place at The Rocks, it’s famous for its flat whites and big portions. Locals and tourists alike love this breakfast and lunch joint. Quiches and sandwiches are a must.
5. Medusa Greek Taverna – This Greek restaurant is not far from the Sydney Aquarium. Lamb cutlets, lemon lamb shoulder, and grilled octopus are some of the many mouthwatering specialities here.
4. Fortune Village Chinese Restaurant – Also close to the Sydney Aquarium, this family-run restaurant is not just your typical Chinese restaurant. You can get gluten-free meals. Try the Wasabi beef, sweet corn soup, prawn dumplings, garlic prawns, or black pepper chicken.
3. The Baxter Inn – Not too far from the above-mentioned two restaurants, The Baxter Inn on Clarence street is a basement bar with a great selection of alcohol, especially whiskey varieties. This is a great place to top off your evening with a nightcap.
2. Est. – Not far from the Museum of Sydney, elegant French dining is what Est. brings. The foie gras and lamb with perfect pairings of wine makes this restaurant another award-winner.
1. Farmhouse Kings Cross – What makes this one of the top restaurants out of thousands in Sydney? The exceptional service and food. It makes the customers feel like they’re at home. Situated around the Rushcutters Bay Area, check out their take on traditional foods and see what the fuss is all about.