Best Restaurants in Sydney Australia
It’s been a year of mixed blessings and change in Sydney, as some great, long-running restaurants closed, but in their place, another 100 culinary flowers bloomed. The city was spoiled for choice, with an incredible diversity of offerings emerging, from Icebergs Dining Room & Bar maestro Maurice Terzini breathing new life into The Dolphin in Surry Hills, to bar baron Justin Hemmes giving the Newport a major makeover, to former Nomad chef Nathan Sasi’s Spanish sojourn at Mercado in the CBD.
Meanwhile, the Three Blue Ducks team took over the old Kitchen by Mike site in Rosebery’s Koskela homewares warehouse, former Quay sous chef Analiese Gregory opened the brilliant, petite and truly scrumptious Bar Brose in Darlinghurst, Morgan McGlone’s Belles Hot Chicken began to roll out across the city like KFC for hipsters, and Barangaroo and Tramsheds became dining hotspots.
With so many great new places to eat, it’s been a challenge to narrow them down, but here’s Business Insider’s top 10 for 2016.Photo: Nikki To
Expatriate Sydney chef David Thompson makes a triumphant return to his birthplace 16 years on with this spectacularly authentic homage to Thai Street food, following on from Perth and Singapore. From cured pork fritters to a green beef curry, salt-crusted silver perch and fried rice with roast duck, it's packed with feisty flavours this zip and hum in the mouth and take you into the back streets of Bangkok.
Entrance via Angel Place, Sydney. Tel: 9223 7999
Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly
The restored former Glebe Tramsheds at Mirvac's Harold Park apartment development became an immediate foodie destination when it opened in September. While the excellent fresh pasta at A Tavola offshoot Flour Eggs Water is a joy, this branch of the decade-old Surry Hills tapas bar, Bodega, has a great vibe, where you can sit at the bar counter, designed like a railway station station diner counter, for wine and cocktails, or take a booth for grilled queso fresco, pickled mussels, blood cake, and smoked pig’s-head sausage with plum sauce. Joe Valore's wine store is also worth exploring to take home something interesting.
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge. Tel: 8624 3133
Lunch & dinner daily
Chef Joshua Niland developed a loyal following at Fish Face in Double Bay, then Cafe Nice at Circular Quay. Now he has his own seafood-focused venture with a focus on sustainability and the clever use of fish offal and native flavours that reveals just how clever and thoughtful his cooking is. There's grilled calamari with saltbush, salt & pepperberry school prawns, wild kingfish that's been aged for 9 days with celeriac and broad beans, grilled broccolini with flathead roe yoghurt as a side, then an elegant lemon tart for dessert. And how about a sea urchin crumpet or spanner crab omelette for weekend brunch?
362 Oxford Street, Paddington. Tel: 8937 2530
Brunch Sat-Sun; lunch Fri-Sun; dinner Weds-Sun
In 1821, the Greeks began a 12-year war to break away from the Ottoman Empire. Chef David Tsirekas, of Perama in Petersham (then Xanthi at Westfield Sydney), has faced a similarly extended ordeal, finally opening his modern Greek restaurant in Martin Place last week, a year later than planned. Yes, there's BBQ octopus alongside Ouzo-cured salmon and pork belly baklava, moussaka, seafood saganaki and slow-roasted lamb shoulder and then white chocolate feta cheesecake and caramel baklava ice-cream for dessert.
122 Pitt Street, Sydney. Tel: 8080 7070
Open daily for lunch and dinner