Food – it’s one of the best parts of every travel. We eat to live, but sometimes, for experience’s sake, we indulge.
No matter how sinful, we always want a taste of (most) local food and delicacies when on vacation. You haven’t truly traveled and experience the country if you haven’t sampled its local food!
Sydney is a multi-cultural society with influences that has been adopted and adapted throughout its history. Indigenous and colonial influences play a huge part in transforming Australia into the food haven it is today. Here are the top 4 must-try food experiences when you’re in Sydney!
Dining by the harbour
We know good food isn’t just in the taste, it’s also in the presentation and setting. Which is why the harbourside restaurants are just as popular as it iconic Sydney harbour. When it comes to quality, you’re in for a treat. Fantastic view in a casual dining setting by the water? Check.
Bondi beach offers an amazing experience at the Iceberg Dining Room & Bar. Fresh seafood over an ocean pool is as close as you get to a bona fide harbour dining as you can get. The award-winning Catalina Rose Bay is another exquisite experience – enjoy your modern Australian cuisine while perched on the edge of Sydney’s Rose Bay. For a top-rated gourmet dining experience, Quay is one of the best restaurants in the world with an amazing view of the harbour bridge and the iconic Opera House. Sean’s Panorama is another great restaurant to dine – the true Australian hospitality couple with authentic Australian cuisine and great wine has been a hit with the locals for more than a decade now.
Skydining (or at least, skyline dining)
But if you prefer to have your feet up in the air on your holiday, Sydney will not disappoint! Have a gourmet lunch experience in one of Sydney’s seaplanes. You’re guaranteed a breathtaking experience. Just remember to chew!
If you’d like to be at the top, yet still enjoy food and chatter with your feet firmly on land (provided you drink in moderation), the 360 Bar and Dining offers a revolving view of Sydney’s skyline. Come dressed in smart casual, enjoy a drink or two and get ready for scrumptious meals and decadent desserts.
Another option is going 36 levels above the rocks – Altitude restaurant dining space offers unparalleled views with 5-star luxuries and excellent service. Located at the top of Shang-ri La Hotel, Sydney, your hunt for food in the sky will probably end here – there’s nowhere else you’d want to be!
A fusion dining experience guarantees a journey across continents through various culinary traditions fused together right in front of your eyes. At Tetsuya’s, dine in a refurbished heritage-listed site that transcends time as you enjoy a ten-course degustation menu adopting the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, enhanced by classic French technique and utilising the freshest possible ingredients.
You could also enjoy Sepia’s extensive wine list compiled by award-winning Sommelier Rodney Setter over a contemporary menu. Listed under the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2015, Sepia will definitely impress. Momofuku Seiōbo – named after the Japanese goddess of the west – serve a tasting menu that changes frequently. The menu is inspired by the bounty of Australian ingredients and Sydney’s diverse food culture which makes this restaurant a “must visit”
This origin of this incredible dessert will continue its debate for many more years; no one knows for sure which country invented it. What is clear is the Pavlova was a dish inspired by Russian ballerina Anna Matveyevna Pavlova when she toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. It is a meringue cake fluffy and light on the inside, and topped with whipped cream and usually sliced fruits.
There are many variations to the Pavlova – you can get creative with toppings, flavours and so much more simply because it’s easy to make. But to make a mouth-watering one that tantalizes your taste buds – now that’s tough. When you’re in Sydney, try the pavlova at Chiswick Restaurant. This refreshing dessert served in this dainty, modern dining area makes Chiswick a great place to enjoy your food and your orange pavlova.
There’s an incredible amount of fun, love and joy put into Australian cuisine. Whether you’re after a unique aboriginal dining experience at the Yarrawarrah Aboriginal Cultural Centre, or looking to dine is Australia’s “most beautiful dining room” at Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney, you’re in for a spellbinding experience that will enchant the eyes and warm the heart as you feast in delight.
We’ve got more to feature on where the best dining experiences are in Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Tasmania! It’s time you start your bucket list of places to dine in and foods to try in Australia. We’ve started this food journey with Sydney, come join us – book your holiday today!
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