Sydney’s Most Talked About Degustation Menus
There’s no doubting, Sydney offers a smorgasbord of culinary delights and one of the best ways to experience it is via degustation - a sample of the restaurant’s favourites to be enjoyed over time (and with plenty of wine). Here we have compiled our pick for the stand-out degustations Sydney has to offer.
A true culinary experience by Chef and Restauranteur Luke Mangan. Housed in the Hilton Sydney Hotel, Head Chef Peter Cassidy has created a seven-course degustation menu that uses local and seasonal produce, prepared using classic French techniques. The hardest choice you will be making all day is selecting the matching cocktails or the matching wines.
Level 2, 488 George Street, Sydney
You only need to look to est.’s numerous awards to know that this is one of Sydney’s most impressive dining experiences. Choose from two, three, four-course or tasting menu options for a contemporary Australian, French-influenced dining experience. Take our advice, round out the experience and add the matching wines.
Level 1. Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney
Waterfront views, a chic dining space and modern Italian cuisine, OTTO has it all. There is no better way to linger over a leisurely seven-course degustation then at their wharf side terrace. But why not do it right and add the matching sommelier selected wine list.
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomoolooo
This one is a must visit for those of us who love their Japanese food. Head Chef Tetsuya Wakuda knows what he’s doing when it comes to Japanese fine-dining and has created a degustation menu that is based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours prepared in a classic French technique.
529 Kent Street, Sydney
Monopole has gained a reputation for having one of the best degustation menus in the city - a seven-course offering of elaborate flavours and plenty of meats. It would be a shame to miss out on the wine pairings considering Monopole has 500 to choose from - a lengthy list that has won the venue more than a few awards (as has the food).
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
A flavour-filled romance between European flavours and Japanese cooking – Finnish chef Tomi Björck and Australian Samuel Cole are the chef duo behind the enterprise. While all of the food on the menu is designed to be shared, Blanca’s ten-course tasting menu is designed to offer guests the chance to tuck into the chefs’ favourite dishes.
75 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Italian with an elevating Japanese twist, LuMi overlooks the water of Pyrmont Bay. With only degustation menus available, commitment to the meal is mandatory – and honestly, this is a relationship anyone would be desperate to marry into. Each dish is nothing less than a work of art and make sure to add the cheese course.
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
The fanciest of degustations along Kensington Street, Automata, in the Old Clare Hotel, offers a five and seven-course menu, and three-courses for Friday and Saturday lunch. The menu is built on local, seasonal produce which encourages constant innovation in the kitchen. The restaurant’s fit out is industrial and minimalist, leaving experimentation and colour for your plate.
5 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Those with a sweet tooth may find just the kind of degustation they have always dreamed of. Barangaroo restaurant, 12-Micron is a suave, bronze-hued eatery offering three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus. To make the most of the intrinsic desserts on offer, skip savoury all together and go for the three- or five-course dessert tasting menu.
2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Housed in a corner terrace near Stanmore station, sixpenny oozes elegant dining with a cosy venue and innovative dishes. The everchanging menu plays on seasonal produce, and diners can choose from the small (six-course) or large (eight-course) tasting menus; both delivering thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing dishes. Make the most of the experience and include the matching wines.
83 Percival Road, Stanmore