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The food experience in Sydney transcends every tourist’s expectations, as there is more to the dining experience than the food and drinks. Here are my top five recommendations of restaurants with the best views, some which might be too picturesque for your food to go down.
O Bar and Dining: This 360-degree revolving restaurant sits 47-storeys above street level and gives the best views of the city skyline. Cuisine: Modern Australian.
Jonah’s: Set 45-minutes north of Sydney, and completely worth the drive, this crisp venue offers sand, ocean and cliff views. Want it to be fancier? Get a seaplane from Rose Bay. Cuisine: Modern Australian with French influences.
Doyles on the Beach: A fifth-generation wonder that’s been serving the finest seafood in Sydney since 1885, this Watson’s Bay old-fashioned fish and chips wonder is not to be missed. Especially when it offers you the best views. Cuisine: Fine-dining seafood.
Bather’s Pavillion: All lazy brunches should be organised here at the sun-draped seating located at the yacht-filled pavilion of Balmoral Bay. Cuisine: All-day breakfasts.
ARIA: Sitting conveniently opposite the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this five-star and top-class dining experience is a little heavy on the pocket but highly accommodating for the taste buds. Recommended to go for an early dinner, as the sun sets in the cityscape. Cuisine: Modern Australian.
Sydney has some stunning coastal sights, in which locals and visitors should indulge while dining at one of these restaurants with a view.
Altitude in the Shangri-La Hotel
Set high over The Rocks on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, Altitude presents a breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour, and award-winning, modern Australian cuisine. This restaurant with a view is full of atmosphere, featuring 5-meter high windows overlooking the water, and dimmed lights ensuring an unmissable panoramic view. Order from the Epi-Curious menu, which pairs innovative dishes with wines from the restaurant’s boutique wine list. I suggest the venison with plum, walnut and bitter chocolate, paired with a 2008 sangiovese/cabernet from South Australia.
Cuisine: Modern Australian; Price: $$
Iceberg’s Bar and Restaurant
Iceberg’s has prime beachfront property with a dining room bathed in sunlight. Positioned above Bondi Beach, diners are welcomed with crisp, aqua and sandy décor mirroring the shores below. Chef Maurizio Terzini serves up a delicious spread of Italian plates with seaside inspirations, including the tagliatelle alle alghe – house made seaweed tagliatelle with crab meat, tomato and basil – as a primi, and the carre d’agnello – whole lamb rack for two smeared with peppercorn mustard and served with mixed mushrooms in a red wine reduction – as a secondi.
Cuisine: Italian; Price: $$$
The restaurant headed by world renowned chef, Serge Dansereau, sits right on Balmoral Beach and looks out over the quiet, sparkling bay. With French influences, Bathers' Pavilion is split into a café and a restaurant. The café’s breakfast menu is sublime, offering everything and anything you could want in a breakfast from cinnamon ricotta French toast with caramelized banana jam, to eggs on rye served with roast sea salt thyme tomatoes. Head to the restaurant for dinner and order Dansereau’s Dégustation eight course menu, which begins with cured salmon served with a radish and pickled melon squid ink crumble and curry leaf vinaigrette, and ends with a chocolate croquante with raspberry and roast pepper sorbet and orange and passion fruit curd.
Cuisine: French; Price: $$$
Sitting on the edge of Sydney Harbour, this restaurant headed by chef Matt Moran and restaurateur Peter Sullivan offers a spectacular view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge along with a just as spectacular menu. The dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows is elegant and luxurious, reflecting the cuisine served and the impressive wine list. You can reserve for lunch, dinner and even for their special pre- or post-theatre dinner seating.
Cuisine: Modern Australian; Price: $$$$