Fine dining is no longer the territory of haughty harbourside restaurants; the gastropub phenomenon has well and truly taken hold of Sydney, thanks to our relentless quest for excellent food without the pomp…we are rejoicing. With such a surplus of top-drawer pub dining at our fingertips, the choice can be overwhelming. We’ve stepped in to guide you through the best on offer in Sydney right now…
The Four In Hand is an undeniable leader in the gastro-pub stakes. The roast bone marrow with mushrooms and hazelnuts and the crab toast with fennel, chives and crackling set the inventive-pub-fare tone, while the Macleay Valley rabbit pappardelle cements the chic-pub vibe. For the carnivores, the lamb shoulder for two with salsa verde and your choice of two sides is a must try!
105 Sutherland Street, Paddington
The Bellevue’s modern European menu makes a rule of offering seasonal, fresh produce to create dishes that are several cuts above your run-of-the-mill pub fare. The seared scallops with house bacon, fennel and apple butter lead the way for entrées, while the duck breast with honey glazed fennel and black garlic is a mainstay for the mains.
159 Hargrave Street, Paddington
A veritable fine dining destination, Woolloomooloo’s favourite ‘chic pub’ is renowned for its carefully designed modern Australian offering, featuring plenty of seafood and top-shelf produce. Freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters make for moreish snacks while the beetroot cured kingfish ceviche will leave your tongue tingling for more. The Morrocan spiced Cowra lamb leg rounds out the indulgent experience seamlessly.
12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo
A delightfully comforting pub experience, The Lord Nelson in The Rocks has provided Sydneysiders with Australian cuisine and an acclaimed wine list year on year. Established in 1841, the historic pub is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel, and the contemporary Australian dishes come thick and fast, with the pan-fried corn-fed chicken breast with creamy leeks and parma prosciutto is the hero of the mains.
19 Kent Street, The Rocks