Sydney - Food and Drink
Recognised as the centre of the burgeoning Australian dining scene, Sydney’s young chefs are creating a real stir at the bottom of the world, in a number of inventive and exciting new restaurant ventures. But, away from the haute cuisine, Sydney’s dining options are vast, globe-spanning and affordable.
For lunch, the CBD is the place to head for great lunchtime specials, tempting office workers into their establishments. Chinatown is popular, and great value too. Street food, food courts in shopping malls, and buffet-style fast-food all offer a square meal for just a handful of dollars.
At night, the bars and restaurants around The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay offer dining with a view and the best fusion restaurants, teaming the flavours of south east Asia with Australian produce, the freshest seafood and fine Aussie wines.
Fine dining Sydney-style is a far more egalitarian affair too - with none of the starchy formality of similarly-styled restaurants in London or Paris. Not that the prices, at the higher end of the market, are noticeably cheaper though.
Good locations to go restaurant-hunting in include the city, Victoria Street in Darlinghurst and Crown Street in Surry Hills (between Oxford and Cleveland Streets) have a large range of restaurants ranging from cheap Asian take-aways to mid-high end restaurants.
Newtown, centred on the railway station, has a constantly changing selection of good value restaurants, cafes and grills attracting locals and backpackers alike.
On the lower North Shore is a clutch of decent, and consistently reliable, Indian, Thai and other choices. Parramatta has a popular dining scene, many of its restaurants enjoying a touch more informality than in the CBD and The Rocks, and most having alfresco options.
For world cuisines, try the Spanish restaurants of Liverpool Street, King Street’s Thai restaurants (Inner West), the Outer West’s excellent Indian establishments and the Korean restaurants around the CBD.
For even more informality, the buzzing bistros, gastro pubs and beach bars of Manly, Bondi and Balmoral beaches offer a lovely alternative to the city - at prices a notch or two cheaper too.