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Fancy and Fast: Sydney’s Express Fine Dining Lunches

Whether you’re schmoozing or just starving, the power lunch is the cornerstone of any working week. Lately, fine dining restaurants have been getting in on the action, offering their decadent menus during the daylight hours at a fraction of the cost, and a fraction of the time. Welcome to the one-hour dining market – where some of our most elite establishments will have you in an out before the clock strikes 12, and leave a good taste in your mouth (literally!). 

Kobe Jones

The talented team at this Japanese restaurant promise to have you in and out in 45 minutes. Sitting on King Street Wharf, Kobe Jones offers a Japanese-inspired power lunch – and they mean business. With change from a $20, you can choose from a range of generous mains, like kushiage chicken, panko pork, unagi (eel) or our pick, teriyaki barramundi served on a bed of exotic mushrooms. Each meal is served with rice, salad and pickles so you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied. 

29 Lime Street, Sydney

Jamie’s Italian

When noon rolls around, head to Jamie’s Italian to tuck into two or three courses as part of the Super Lunch offer (Monday to Saturday, 12-6pm). Once you’ve settled into the rustic-chic space, choose from starters like truffle tagliatelle and peperonata bruschetta, and seasonal salads, pastas and seafood dishes for your main. If you have time to sneak in dessert, the panna cotta or orange blossom polenta cake will send you back to the office with a smile.

107 Pitt Street, Sydney

Jade Temple

The décor may take its cue from Asia’s colonial past, but Jade Temple knows how to do modern Cantonese right. But for now, we’re only interested in their yum cha menu which has been curated by Dumpling Master Ng Moon Kuen, aka Dicky. With 15 years’ experience under his belt, you know you’re in good hands. When ducking in for lunch, be sure to try the signature Crystal dumplings and the Wagyu puff. 

11 Bridge Street, Sydney

Glass Brasserie

It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not – during the week, you can eat lunch at Luke Mangan’s glass Wine Bar for just $29, and leave feeling full and content about an hour later. Available from Monday to Friday between 12-3pm, the menu features classics and favourites including minute steak and wagyu burgers, plus a complimentary beverage. Meet you there.

Hilton Sydney, Level 2, 488 George Street, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

To dine with the city’s movers and shakers, head to Rockpool- the stylish, two-hatted steakhouse. If you need to be back at your desk within an hour make your lunch selection from the delicious bar menu, all items can be whipped up in a pinch. It includes a range of Rockpool’s signature woodfired meats and seafood. May we suggest the minute steak? Pair it with a glass of wine from the extensive list for a power lunch to remember.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney

360 Bar & Dining

Perched atop Sydney Tower, this revolving restaurant boasts, well, 360-degree views of the city skyline. It also has one of the best fine dining deals. From Monday to Friday between 12-3pm, you can dig into a main meal and sip on a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink for the price of a crisp $20. Yes, really! The express lunch options include a wagyu beef burger and fries, a poached Atlantic salmon salad, and housemade pappardelle with beef cheek ragu.

Sydney Tower Dining, Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, Pitt & Castlereagh Street, Sydney


In The Rocks, Sake attracts foodies from all over thanks to its washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) and mind-blowingly long sake list, and now, its express lunch bento box. In a matter of minutes after ordering, guests can feast on a selection of Sake’s signature dishes, such as chirashi salad, shiojoki chicken and green tea ice-cream for dessert – all for $49. We’ll call that a great lunch break! The bento box offer runs daily from 12-3pm.

12 Argyle Street, The Rocks

Balla at The Star

For incredible Italian in a fine dining setting, it’s hard to go past Balla, an elegant eatery tucked inside the casino. Impress your boss with a lunch booking, where the express lunch options include one-, two-, or three-course menus that can be cooked up in a blink of an eye – many with the help of Balla’s pride and joy, its in-kitchen woodfired grill. The menu is well-priced, and a selection of sides and drinks can be tacked on top.

The Star, Level G, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont


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