Sydney's Best Chef Tables For Dinner With a Side of Decadence
Kylie Kwong at Billy Kwongs
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
glass Brasserie. Photo credit - Minhky Le
Ormeggio at the Spit
Nothing beats a chef’s table for a Friday night dinner date. Theatre, dining and cooking all rolled into one, there’s nothing more exciting than watching a chef work their magic in the kitchen. And they really know how to roll out the red carpet in Sydney – there are plenty of kitchen-side seats where you can get a slice of the culinary action. Whether you’re in the kitchen or at a table close by, the intimate setting of a chef’s table is the only place to watch the drama unfold.
From Greek sharing plates at The Apollo to sumptuous seafood at The Flying Fish, we’ve whittled down the best chef’s tables in Sydney for a private dining experience you’ll never forget…
Iconic, fine-dining at its most extravagant, Luke Mangan’s glass Brasserie at Hilton Sydney is an institution on the Sydney dining scene. And the marble chef’s table, tucked away from the main dining area, is where you’ll find the best seats in the house. Adjacent to the kitchen, you’ll get to see the team prepare either your five-course set menu or eight-course degustation. Upgrade your experience and opt-in to the matching wines…you won’t regret it.
Level 2- 488 George Street, Sydney
An absolute must-try for Sydneysiders with a penchant for Greek food, The Apollo’s chef’s table takes dining in Sydney to the next level. Seating up to 12 in a semi-private space, diners will lap up the lively atmosphere of the kitchen from the intimacy of the restaurant’s exclusive tasting table. Chef Jonathan Barthelmess offers the choice of two shared banquet menus, featuring some of the restaurant’s must-try signature dishes.
44 Macleay Street, Potts Point
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sydney Opera House, The Dining Room impresses on arrival. Award-winning French chef Franck Detrait serves modern Australian cuisine with a delightful French twist, and if you book a spot at the semi-private dining table you’ll get to sample some of the best dishes on his menu. The table only seats 12, so you’ll be attentively looked after. Be sure to try the tasting menu with matching wine recommendations from the in-house sommelier.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Situated on the picturesque piers of Pyrmont, Flying Fish delivers one of Sydney’s best seafood experiences. The chef’s table was designed with exclusivity and proximity in mind, seating up to eight. A true culinary spectacle, diners can interact with the chefs as they prepare their carefully tailored menu right in front of them. Added bonus: the table is also close to the Little Fish Bar, so you’ll be kept well hydrated, too.
Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Boasting breathtaking views of Middle Harbour, Ormeggio at The Spit is famed for its picturesque setting and Italian fine-dining cuisine. The chef’s table, made from Calacatta marble, seats up to 12 guests, and with waterside seats to the harbour, scores top points for atmosphere. On arrival, sip on imported Majolini NV Brut Franciacorta followed by their six-course degustation with matching wines. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, upgrade to premium wines to enhance your tasting experience.
D’Albora Marinas, Spit Road, Mosman
Kylie Kwong’s Potts Point eatery Billy Kwong serves up some of Sydney’s best Chinese fusion bites. For groups totalling 10 or more, head to the back room and dine at ‘Kylie’s Table’. Upon arrival, the chef will personally welcome you and your guests as you get acquainted with the space. Before you tuck into your banquet, Kylie will talk you through the inspiration behind her signature dishes, giving diners an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of her kitchen.
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point