Bistroy Remy, Sydney
glass Brasserie, Sydney
Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Sydney
glass Brasserie, Sydney. Photo Credit - Nikki To
Balla, The Star
Gone are the days when hotel restaurants were a last resort for tired travellers. Now, Sydney’s hotels are stepping up their game, and becoming dining destinations that are so good, they’re drawing in locals.
Sitchu rounds up the best hotel restaurants in Sydney. Go on, treat yourself.
With floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views over the Sydney Opera House, The Dining Room wows guests as soon as they walk in. The menu is Modern Australian with a French twist (escargot, anyone?), and showcases local, seasonal produce. If you can’t decide, opt for the four- or six-course Tasting Menu, and ask the in-house sommelier to pair each course with a matching glass of wine. You’ve earned it.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Perched on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La, Altitude has picture-perfect views over the harbour and a fine dining menu to match. The dishes are sophisticated and bursting with flavour: think snapper with ricotta gnocchi, pork loin with macadamia, and deliciously creamy mushroom risotto. The wine list is long and illustrious. Our advice? Go for Saturday brunch, when the bellinis and mimosas flow freely.
176 Cumberland Street, Sydney
Fronted by renowned chef Peter Doyle, the restaurant has won a bunch of awards, and it only takes one visit to figure out why. The room, with its heritage décor and pops of white, sets the scene for a fine dining experience, and the service makes everyone feel special. As for the menu, it’s Australian-French fusion driven by seasonal ingredients, and the best way to experience it via the two-, three- or four-course Chef’s Menu.
252 George Street, Sydney
Bistro Remy, The Langham’s crown jewel, personifies the hotel’s vibe of understated elegance and five-star service. Diners are wowed upon entry by the beautiful, insta-worthy interiors, that exude chic-minimal style. The menu is contemporary French and the offering highlights the use of seasonal produce and traditional techniques. When perusing the menu it is hard to go past the Duck Confit with chestnut, barley and jus gras. Délicieux!
89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
Situated in the heart of fashionable Double Bay, Stockroom is as refined as the beautiful marble interiors of the hotel. The menu features an array of locally-sourced produce to deliver a seasonal and botanically-inspired offering. Not sure what to choose? Let the team do all the work for you and try their Sit, Sip & Share menu. For gin lovers, be sure to ask for the matched gin experience.
33 Cross Street, Double Bay
Chippendale’s foodie scene is thriving, and part of that is thanks to Automata, nestled in The Old Clare Hotel. The warehouse-style interior is achingly hip, and head chef Clayton Wells (ex-Momofuku Seiobo) has created a five-course set menu. It’s unexpected and constantly changing, but always amazing, and if we had to describe the cuisine, we’d say it’s a cross between Australian and European.
5 Kensington Street, Chippendale
With stunning views across Pyrmont, The Star’s Balla is a premium dining destination we can't get enough of. Using traditional techniques and flavours, the menu transports diners to Italy - and with Executive Chef Gabriele Taddeucci at the helm, you know you are in for a decadent meal. Our tip, start in the bar with a cheeky drink before making your way to the dining room.
The Star, 180 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
To dine in serious style, book a table at the Glass Brasserie, an upscale restaurant headed up by Luke Mangan. The menu is ever-changing, and divided into categories – or cravings, really. Whether you feel like oysters and caviar, pasta or a juicy steak (a crowd favourite), there’s something to sink your teeth into. The wine list has hundreds of drops to choose from, and the elegant vibe makes this a go-to restaurant for special occasions.
2/488 George Street, Sydney
In the quirky QT, Gowings Bar & Grill is a European-style brasserie that’s a treat for the senses from start to finish. It begins with the elevator ride up, where the music changes according to how many people are inside. You’ll step out into a cool, contemporary space, and peruse a huge menu. The restaurant specialises has a wood-fired rotisserie, so you can’t go wrong with seafood or steak. Just be sure to save room for dessert!
1/49 Market Street, Sydney
The Bentley Restaurant + Bar is an icon among the Sydney dining scene, to say the least. In operation for over 10 years, Bentley continues to serve up innovative food within it’s industrial-chic digs. The menu showcases modern Australian cuisine at its finest, and is expertly paired with an acclaimed wine list. Not sure where to start? Then head straight to the 8-course tasting menu, you won't regret it.
Corner of Pitt and Hunter Street, Sydney
Set inside the heritage-listed InterContinental Hotel, the décor is all dark woods, leather booths and African accents. The menu is, as you can imagine, meat-heavy, with every kind of cut you could want, plus seafood dishes, skewers, sides and salads. On weekdays, happy hour goes from 4-6pm, serving up well-priced cocktails and tapas plates to the corporate crowd – and now, hopefully you!
12/117 Macquarie Street, Sydney