A diversity of international influence and a pride for Australia’s abundance of outstanding produce have come together to provide Sydney with a wealth of exceptional restaurants. Each featured by the Australian Good Food Guide, which gives recognition to the dining venues that go the extra mile, these are the five best restaurants in Sydney.
In its privileged Darling Park location, Sepia Restaurant and Wine Bar attracts a continual stream of discerning diners. The contemporary cuisine here is the result of a collaboration between two of Sydney’s food heroes: chef Martin Benn and seafood purveyor George Costi. Taking the season’s best produce and drawing inspiration from Japan, the chef and his culinary team put out regularly changing tasting menus featuring stylishly presented dishes such as charcoal grilled Blackmore wagyu with king brown mushrooms, nori mustard and fermented mushroom powder. Each menu is offered with wine pairing.
The Bridge Room
Set within a renovated 1930s building near Circular Quay with a dining room featuring an open kitchen, the Bridge Room is celebrated for its vibe as well as its exemplary modern Australian cuisine. Chef Ross Lusted takes inspiration from Europe and Asia, playing with flavors and texture to invent dishes such as ash grilled duck with organic prunes, burnt apple, canele and chestnuts. Many dishes are cooked over bonchotan charcoal and in the slow cooked Japanese Robata style.
Owned by Leon Fink and run by chef Peter Gilmore, this is one of Sydney’s most highly acclaimed restaurants. With its location on Sydney Harbour and wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant affords unrivalled views across the water and of Sydney Opera House. The menu here features a modern take on classic dishes, exploring the harmony of flavors and contrasts in texture. The tasting menu includes dishes such as fan shell razor clam with shaved shitake, smoked pig jowl and sea cucumber crackling.
Bentley Restaurant & Bar
In an industrial-chic space at the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Bentley Restaurant & Bar is a stylish dining venue and where the award-winning chef Brent Savage showcases his innovative cuisine. Try the roasted Eugowra quail with pistachio and mandarin or the kangaroo tartare with sunflower seed and heirloom sprouts. Over 1,000 wines are on the wine list compiled by the award-winning sommelier Nick Hildebrandt.
Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney
This celebrated restaurant combines the ornate high-ceilinged Art Deco space of the City Mutual Building with the modern Australian culinary offering of chef Neil Perry, an outstanding wine list and a cocktail bar. Wood fire grilled meats and seafood from Australia’s best producers are on the menu, with signature dishes including lobster with herb butter, Cape Grim dry-aged 36-month-old grass-fed rib eye, and four raw tastes of the sea.