The home of Lebanese fine dining in Sydney, El Phoenician in Walsh Bay is an intimate venue that boasts harbour views, a glossy interior, and a mixed menu of traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. If you really want to indulge, order a banquet-style meal. Our advice, go hungry!
As chic as its harbourfront setting, this contemporary eatery serves up antipasti, pasta and pizza aplenty. When the sun is shining, customers dine alfresco to make the most of the sparkling water views. On Sundays, locals flock to Ventuno to indulge in pizza and a glass of wine or Italian beer for $25.
Punjabi Fusion Sydney
Get ready to redefine everything you ever thought you knew about Indian cuisine – Punjabi Fusion is really pushing th boundaries on the Australian Indian food scene. Serving experimental reinterpretations of classical Indian favourites, this progressive Indian eatery will acquaint you with levitating plates, cold and hot smoking, theatrical liquid nitrogen presentations, among other inventive gastronomic techniques.
Walsh Bay Kitchen
Amid Sydney’s vibrant arts district is Walsh Bay Kitchen, a sleek fine dining restaurant that takes a nod to the area’s theatrical setting. It’s moody and dramatic and the food is modern Australian. There is no doubt that it will keep you insta-snappy throughout your meal.
Within the ever-elegant Langham Hotel on Kent Street, Bistro Remy is an upmarket breakfast venue. Guided by the very experience hand of Chef Dave Whitting, this French bistro is a luxe venue. Palm Court is just as luxe with their high tea and all-day dining offering.
With incredible views, Henry Deane is hands down the darling of Millers Point. Atop the heritage-rich Hotel Palisade, Henry Deane offers a sophisticated cocktail list and secluded private areas in the bar’s desperately sought after upper level. Our advice, get in early to nab a plush lounge with a view and settle in for the night with the refreshingly curated menu.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
An oldie but a goodie, The Lord Nelson is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel. It has been restored to its original charm with the much-welcomed addition of the award-winning microbrewery. Still drawing a crowd, the food at The Lord Nelson is classic pub grub, but for a much fancier affair head upstairs to the Nelson Brasserie.
Sitting pretty on the hill in Millers Point, Hotel Palisade is a local watering-hole that serves up pub classics like no other. Panoramic harbour views and beautiful interiors that hark back to Sydney’s nautical and industrial heritage are the perfect backdrop to upmarket dishes.
The Hero of Waterloo
If only walls could talk! This beautiful historic sandstone walled pub holds secrets from over 170 years of service. And you can hear about them over a yarn at the bar or on one of their ghost tours. They have a full menu including classics and more creative dishes, but if you’re after a table on the weekend, you best book ahead as the crowds often spill out onto the pavement.