One of the best ways to get to know a country is by eating your way through it and this is where Sydney has a lot to offer.
With its dynamic and ever-growing restaurant scene, you can get a taste of a great variety of dishes from around the world. The offer is diverse, global, and award-winning.
From a bright and early start with breakfast, through a casual brunch, a fantastic lunch and an occasional party, you’ll get to fine dining in the evening having the time of your life with these gourmet experiences in Sydney.
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Are you ready to eat? Here are six fantastic spots for a gourmet experience in Sydney.
Eat Breakfast at the Grounds of Alexandria
Start your eating adventure at one of Sydney’s most Instagrammed cafes, located in an inner-city suburb south of the CBD. The Grounds of Alexandria occupies the grounds of a former industrial precinct in Alexandria offers a country escape in the middle of an urban setting, complete with a sustainable garden, coffee roastery, artisan bakery and even a small animal farm.
It’s a place popular with all sorts of crowds, from families who enjoy their stay letting the kids roam outside and look at animals, to hipsters and locals who adore its one-stop-shop for breakfast and cocktails and craft beer bar, to many international visitors attracted by its strong social media presentation.
For an enjoyable early start, you’ll be rewarded with seasonal dishes prepared with house-grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. The café’s breakfast essentials are avocado on toast, buttermilk pancakes, a burger on a brioche bun and a healthy bowl of organic black rice and kale.
You can complement your meal with a choice of house-roasted blends of coffee at the bar, or if you prefer to lounge in the garden, you’ll be served with smoothies, retro craft sodas, wine or beer.
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Indulge in Brunch at Saint Peter
Located on Paddington’s Oxford Street, the simple elegance of Saint Peter confirms the claim that less is more. Its intimate and sophisticated space allows for food, specifically fish, to be the real star. Famous for its sustainably sourced, Australian seafood dishes, this place requires a reservation as all the local and international foodies flock there for a unique weekend brunch experience.
Its creative brunch menu changes daily and revolves around whatever is available at the given moment, so you’ll be able to sample oysters, smoked eel, barbecued octopus, as well as a regular offer of mackerel, trout, prawns and spanner crab.
Wash it all down with all-Australian wines, or if you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, go for the teas from the Berry tea Shop or coffee from Sydney’s Artificer roaster.
Have a Fantastic Lunch at Arte Bianca and Acre Eatery
If there’s one dish that any cosmopolitan city must offer, it is certainly the mighty pizza and that’s exactly what you can have for lunch at Arte Bianca. This Sicilian-inspired pasta and pizzeria place does it so well, it could be named one of Sydney’s best.
As simple as it may sound, producing a perfect pizza is not that easy. Many get lost trying to strike the balance between a doughy, thick-based version and the thin, traditional style that focuses more on flavour. This is exactly where Arte Bianca’s owners excel, combining 40 years of experience, Sicilian heritage and the joined forces of its skilled chefs.
In addition to heavenly pizzas, you can also order prosciutto, seafood and mushroom risotto, and complement it house-made limoncello and a creamy tiramisu.
On the other side, if you’re looking for something different, head over to Acre Eatery, a place that has become the talk of the town in recent months. A restaurant recreated from the dilapidated bowling room and transformed into an urban farm and eatery, offers fresh organic produce and farm-to-table eating.
Its menu is truly seasonal, and with the farm onsite, its menu offers highest quality meat seasoned with herbs from their own garden, macadamia and cannellini hummus, pickled mushrooms, and oven-roasted Brussel sprouts topped with almonds and tahini. Their cocktail menu is highly imaginative and wine list boasts of best Australian wines and locally crafted beers.
Attend a Party by Pomelo and Co
Even if you’re in Sydney on business, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample some fantastic dishes while you work. You might happen to attend a corporate event, such as a breakfast seminar, brand launching, gala dinner or a cocktail party, and it’s highly likely it would be hosted by Pomelo and Co., the most prominent high dining style catering service in Sydney, a company devoted to creating exquisite catering experience with an uncompromising choice of the highest quality foods.
Depending on the occasion, the customized menus can include anything from canapes and bites, sit-down feast of dishes served in banquet style, barbeque and buffet packages, and drop-off catering that covers occasions all around the great city of Sydney.
Enjoy High Dining at Automata and Ash St Cellar
When the evening approaches, you’ll probably be on the lookout for a fine venue with exquisite dining experience and a glass of liquid happiness. If you’re in the mood for ultra-modern, luxurious interior dominated by sleek, shiny metal and machinery-inspired fitting, head over to Automata in Chippendale.
Your decision will be quite straightforward as there is only one option: a five-course meal with a changeable degustation that you can accompany with an excellent choice of various spirits, sakes and boutique wines. From starters such as clams and blanched asparagus, bread and butter with chicken jus and sesame seeds, slow roasted quail and eggplant puree, to the final savoury steak served with mushrooms in rich sauces, your taste buds will be raging!
For a touch of European charm, find your way to Ash St Cellar, a lovely mix of Italian tapas, charcuterie, fine wines and an intimate atmosphere. With an impressive choice of wines, available by the glass or at a cost of a smaller car, your dinner can start with a wonderful selection of cured meats, Spanish salami and jamon, accompanied by bread, salt and olive oil. Soon afterwards, you can enjoy savory dishes of prawns, lamb and vegetables, and a delicious tart to sweeten the end of your evening.
Wherever your food adventure takes you, Sydney restaurant scene will not disappoint your expectations. Have you tried any of these great Sydney food experiences? We’d like to hear about it. Leave us a comment.
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Roxana is an adventurer, a frequent traveler and an occasional writer from Sydney, Australia. She is very passionate about the environment and she loves to blog about her travels.