Booked out months in advance, this is the 'foodie experience' of a lifetime. Internationally recognized chef, Tetsuya Wakuda is a maestro of his craft. He has cooked all over the world and impressed palates everywhere. His award winning restaurant is a fusion of French and Japanese and offers a single degustation menu. The menu changes from time to time and offers such specialties as slow-cooked trout, seared scallops, venison and quail.
It does not get much sleeker, chicer, nor more expensive than this haven for romance. The crowd is as sophisticated as the décor, which is as exceptional as the wine list, menu and faultless floor team. And then there is the overseas passenger terminal you could not get much closer to the seagulls and Opera House. The menu consists of French favorites such as quail breasts and seared yellowfin for dinner, and souffles and apple tart for dessert. This is one of the city's most awarded restaurants.
Enjoy an elegant evening out featuring modern Australian cuisine, as well as stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, at Aria Restaurant. You'll have the chance to savor a wide range of dishes, and there is also a seven course tasting menu available on request. Choose from an extensive award-winning wine list of local and imported wines. Lunch is also available at Aria seven days a week though reservations are still recommended given the restaurant's popularity. No matter when you go, be sure to bring your appetite.
Momofuku Seiobo is world renowned chef David Chang's first restaurant venture outside of Manhattan, a very exciting move for Australian foodies all over the continent. Momofuku Seiobo is not one specific kind of cuisine, but takes influences and techniques from all over the world, showcasing exemplary ingredients. All meals are served as a multi-course tasting menu while, albeit is not cheap, is an overall dining experience, not just a meal. Reservations are required and can only be made online through their website, and the restaurant recommends you allow at least two hours to fully enjoy and appreciate your meal.
Dine with a fabulous view of Bondi Beach at Icebergs. This trendy restaurant and bar is the place to see and be seen! With main courses like Spaghetti with Clams and Zauchini Flowers, its tasty Mediterranean cuisine is a definite draw. You can hang out with a chilled cocktail at the trendy 1970s inspired bar, or sip on some wine as you enjoy the scenic surroundings. Icebergs can also be hired for exclusive events and private dining. Despite the name, this is one venue that is definitely hot!
This award-winning Italian restaurant is the favorite haunt of Hollywood stars visiting Australia. President Bill Clinton, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sir Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Natalie Imbruglia, and Jerry Springer are just a few of the famous names that swear by the culinary delights of this restaurant. Allow Chef James Kidman to entice your taste buds with his prized offerings.
Located above the Coronation Hotel, the Smoking Panda is what looks like a fun marriage between retro Americana and glitzy Shanghai. If you can adjust your eyes enough to see through the neon-pink haze that envelops this bar, you will also see red Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. That apart, the amazing cocktails are accentuated by their large spirit collection featuring 65 bourbons, 50 rums and a smattering of tequila and whiskey. The kitchen menu is not just an after-thought to accompany the booze, rather it stands on its own with exotic Chinese elements, with dishes such as Salt & Pepper Squid, Dim Sums and Pot Stickers.
The Mezz Bar is several genres all rolled into one. It is a bar and a restaurant, and once the dining is done, it turns into a dance party with a revolving selection of late-night DJs. Popular with city workers, it is cosy and comfortable and quite large, with bar and restaurant seating that can be moved back when the dance floor is pumping. Pasta dishes include popular favorites such as Lasagne and Spaghetti Napoli and tempting alternatives such as Fettuccine with Tiger Prawns. Call to check the timings.
Serving a variety of Japanese desserts and matcha options, Chanoma Cafe is a traditional tea house in George street with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Along with matcha and refreshing green tea, the shop also serves traditional Japanese desserts, matcha ice-cream, matcha floats, snacks and more. The dishes are served according to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony rituals and norms.
Located in the Central Business District, this branch of the iconic fried chicken brand was the first ever branch to open in all of Australia. Using the 11 secret herbs and spices which is the signature of all KFC chicken, the branch serves a range of chicken buckets, burgers, fries, wraps and more. If you want to get some delicious chicken to go, just get some take-out or order for it to be delivered right to your doorstep.
A Haymarket favorite when it comes to ramen, Tenkomori Ramen House is housed within Regent Place, on George Street. The Asian eatery offers an eclectic DIY menu that revolves around, well, ramen. Three types of broth are available - tonkatsu, shoyu and miso, these then are topped with a protein ingredient of your choice and freshly-made ramen noodles. The ordering process is quite easy and quick, while the offerings are delicious, thanks to the fresh, quality ingredients used and time-tested recipes employed. Apart from ramen soups, they have a selection of sides such as karaage, takoyaki and such, which are equally delicious. This a no-hassle, pocket-friendly Asian eatery that you'd want to come back to.
Housed within Regent Place, Izakaya Yebisu is a slice of Tokyo in Haymarket Area of Sydney. Located just a few minutes from the Central Business District, this izakaya-style of establishment offers an eclectic Japanese menu, with a nod towards Japanese libations such as soju, shochu and other Asian-flavored cocktails. While the food menu is dominated by authentic Asian small-plates such as karaage, gyoza and lots more, the bar program explores a wide variety of Japanese drinking habits; they even have a range of mocktails for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. The service is good, the food and drinks are exceptional and the prices are just right. Head here for a Tokyo-style, fun night.