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Any suggestions for sydney restaurants as I will be visiting during the weekend. Can spend max $200 for the dinner (for 2). I Have looked at the usual fancy places and the menu and prices was a shock. Most of them I cant get a reservation - seriously the rich are not going through a recession.....

 

Ok cuisine wise - we both are quite adventurous with food - the stranger the better.

 

Also any cool desert places to try?

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Gastro Park?

 

Haven't been there yet, but have heard v. good things about it. $200 should feed two, but won't leave any room for booze :lol:

 

Unfortunately their Game of Thrones menu isn't available at the weekend.

 

 

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Spice Temple, will be out of the price range - Mr Wongs would be a better pick, although it is a little noisier than Spice Temple

 

Another Merivale establishment would be Ms.G's up in Potts Point - then you could venture into the Cross afterwards. Chiswick as previously mentioned would squeeze in under the budget if you are careful on your selections of alcohol.

 

Jamie's Kitchen doesn't do reservations - but is nice food and easily under budget.

 

Assuming we stay in the CBD - you could do a lunch at Est. now that it is doing a special.

 

Plenty of people may not like Justin Hemmes - but he sure knows how to do a good restaurant - check out the Merivale website - can't really go wrong with any of them.

 

Dumplings at Din Tai Fung - there is a queue for a reason at World Square. Cheap and cheerful.

 

You could try and do an early dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong (Opera House) by taking advantage of one of the pre theatre menus.

 

Make sure if you head anywhere near the Cross or into the Casino you go to Gelato Messina.

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Your don't need to spend a fortune (but it helps) the big budget killer is the vino

 

Toko

Red Lantern

Golden Century

Mexico Food and Liquour

Longrain

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Pendolino's in the Strand Arcade for Italian. Would be about $200 for 2, depending of course on what you choose to drink.

 

Further a field, Nilgiri's at St leonards/Crowsnest might be the best Indian in Sydney. Menu is regionally based and changes every month.

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For dessert there is the Adriano Zumbo Dessert train at the Star City Casino - just like sushi train but with desserts, that you could check out.

 

Cheap and cheerful there is the Lindt store at both Martin Place and Darling Harbour that do a mean hot chocolate. Guylian store is on the walk to the Opera House.

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Good tips by Mr Blonde - Longrain would be my choice, Toko probably out of price range.

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Peter Doyles (seafood) in the overseas passenger terminal (great views of Harbour Bridge and Opera house which would be pretty cool for a visitor to the city....

 

Prob get away with dinner for two and a bottle of wine in the region of $160 - $200

 

Also feels pretty healthy (primarily seafood and fresh stuff) which is good if you are spending a few nights eating out and want to have one night where you don't roll out of a restaurant as round as a blimp....

 

Pre-dinner drinks you MUST go to 'Palmer & Co' in Abercrombie lane (just off Pitt St, right up the harbour end). Go in the door, turn left and go down the stairs - it doesn't look like much but when you get down in the basement its all set up like a 1920's speakeasy - it really is an experience!

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Thanks for all the recommendations. Parkside - are they still serving 18 hour slow cooked frozen steaks served by underage looking pimped up girls :)

 

Should have mentioned all cuisines except Asian - we recently had the good fortune of being in some of the Asian countries so keen to try some other stuff.

 

Tried Gastro Park and Sepia - both we are on waiting list. Had a look at Quay Aria and Tetsuyay's ... maybe some other time

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Also any cool desert places to try?

 

A few friends have just returned from running in the Simpson. Overnight temps dropped significantly.

 

Petrol was over $200 for the return trip though.

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Thanks for all the recommendations. Parkside - are they still serving 18 hour slow cooked frozen steaks served by underage looking pimped up girls :)

Tried Gastro Park and Sepia - both we are on waiting list. Had a look at Quay Aria and Tetsuyay's ... maybe some other time

 

Thought your budget was $200 for 2? I took a work team to Aria to thank them for above and beyond service for over a year on the project from hell. 13 people, $2500 in 2003. Quay and Tetsuyas are up there too.

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A few friends have just returned from running in the Simpson. Overnight temps dropped significantly.

 

Petrol was over $200 for the return trip though.

Crazy. Not even the traditional owners live there. I'm planning ongoing some running to the NW of there around Atitjere in a couple of weeks time. Paid trip, LOL.

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Sepia - the dessert that is like the Japanese Garden can't remember the name is a cracker - but i think it will be over $200. Considering the weekend menu is $165pp before alcohol.

 

Mexican restuarants seem to be popping up everyone in Sydney CBD and inner west.

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Thought your budget was $200 for 2? I took a work team to Aria to thank them for above and beyond service for over a year on the project from hell. 13 people, $2500 in 2003. Quay and Tetsuyas are up there too.

 

 

That's pretty good for Aria. Back in 2003 0r 2004 when I was working for big bad Larry, we managed to pull off 5 green lights with the Internal Stasi Global Audit Team (we'd previously had a terrible audit and were under threat of imported Yankie Mgt, so that bucked up everyones' game LOL).

 

Took the team to Aria, 4 of them, 6 of us, $4,200 :shocking: Can't remember what I had but I know we went to Subway later in the night 'cos a few of us were bloody hungry :lol:

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Sepia - the dessert that is like the Japanese Garden can't remember the name is a cracker - but i think it will be over $200. Considering the weekend menu is $165pp before alcohol.

 

Mexican restuarants seem to be popping up everyone in Sydney CBD and inner west.

 

Before moving to Oz in '89, I'd never been to a Mexican restaurant (hardly surprising, coming from deepest darker Somerset, I had no idea what a cappuccino was either :shy: ). I really took to Mexican food and went to loads of places in my first couple of years there.

 

The only Mexican place I remember being ran by Mexicans (at least I'm pretty sure they were) was a tiny place in Gymea Bay. I do remember a Mexican Place in Lindfield being ran by a Chinese couple!

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I am not a big officianado of restaurants but my late fiancè and his father started and ran a few restaurants so he certainly knew a good thing.. I got taken to many beautiful restaurants for birthdays and so on.. Aria is certainly a beautiful restaurant, but $200 might get you one course.. we went there for New Year's Eve 2002, 9 of us (special occasion, because his aunty, uncle and cousin were out in Australia from South Africa and we figured why not go extravagant, thank God I didn't have to pay for it!!!) - I can't remember what the price was but it was minimum $350 per person, so about $3150 all up.

 

For his 30th, we went to Aqua Dining at Milson's Point - very good food and I seem to remember the prices were reasonable. We tried Glass one time but that was a major rip off (think we paid about $40.00 for 3 pieces of asparagus..?)

 

I also loved the Swissotel near Myer (and their bruschetta with truffle oil.. OMG yum!!).

 

So my suggestion is definitely Aqua Dining.. beautiful views and nice food.. Swissotel had nice food, nice atmosphere, but not the view. If I think of anything else, I'll drop a line here.

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What's the one on top of Customs House, Sydney Cafe?

Yeah - Cafe Sydney. Very popular for business lunches. Good service, great location.

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THanks - just tried aqua dining - no luck - everyone in Sydney seems to be eating out.

 

May have to do mexican if nothing comes up. We have been disappointed with Mexican in the past - may be more to do with restaurants than the cuisine.

 

Sepia was definitely over- so was gastro park but only slightly so I gave it a go. Aria et all was more of a window shopping kind of thing.

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If you go around to Aqua Dining, you could also consider the Ripples cafe down there. Great views looking onto the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and the CBD all lit up.

 

Then venture into Luna Park (free entry) and there is a bar just on the inside that is a fantastic place to have a drink and look out over the water. Not many people go there, but it is a just place to take people who are in town taking in the sites.

 

Then you can walk back over the Bridge to the CBD or catch a ferry over.

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We have been disappointed with Mexican in the past - may be more to do with restaurants than the cuisine.

 

 

Don't know if it's your thing, but the one on Pitt Street does little sharing dishes like pork belly tacos and scallop cerviche. They also have a guacomole waiter who does nothing but come around and make fresh guac to spec at your table. They also have a beautiful dessert - hot chocolate and tequila thing. I'm a fan. Good atmosphere too and reasonablish in price. Jamie Oliver's down(ish) market pasta joint is next door if that's more your thing.

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Your don't need to spend a fortune (but it helps) the big budget killer is the vino

 

Toko

 

 

^ If you get a toko tasting menu IIRC around $75 pp? it is a damn tasty dinner. highly recommended

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Thanks everyone - I underestimated the sydney dining scene - could not get reservation anywhere I wanted. But we ended up having great pizzas at a joint near the rocks.

 

On our way back we did a detour for Zumbo's macarons - absolute ripper

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Thanks everyone - I underestimated the sydney dining scene - could not get reservation anywhere I wanted. But we ended up having great pizzas at a joint near the rocks.

 

On our way back we did a detour for Zumbo's macarons - absolute ripper

 

Now macaroons I can help you with. Bit of a hike but head to the Champs Elysees and grab a table at La Duree. :thumbsup:

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FP there is one in Centrepoint.

 

 

Not like this one, it's the only shop on CE that still has its original decor. It's an amazing place to people watch.

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Now macaroons I can help you with. Bit of a hike but head to the Champs Elysees and grab a table at La Duree. :thumbsup:

Macaroons: Baked. Not telling you where. They make redskin flavor. Also Cronuts. Good for fatties.

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We went to the one on rue Royal.

Not bad.

A bloke in Annecy made better macarons though.

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Ok, taking Asian off the menu

 

Pony

Steel

Ventuno

 

When it comes to lunches - I'm a viking!

 

 

Bumping an old thread but when looking for restaurant suggestions I searched and found this.

 

Went to Pony last night and the food was fantastic and service was great too. Highly recommended.

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Ok it's time to venture to the City again for a couple of nights shortly.

Any up to date recommendations?

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I'm a big fan of Wiliam Blue Dining https://www.williamblue.edu.au/about/william-blue-dining

The restaurant is part of a catering college and the kitchen is staffed by the students under the supervision of a leading professional head chef (which changes fairly often). The same goes for the restaurant but with a full time Maitre D.

The food is *superb* the service is a bit clunky but in a charming way and the price is incredible ($46.50 for three courses). Only down side is slightly limited choice.

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Expensive restaurants  always seem to leave me totally underwhelmed with the exception of Vue Du Monde in Melb which I think was more because of the view combined with 8 whiskies.... 

Cant beat a good asian restaurant or a good pub meal IMHO 

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If you want fantastic view, then restaurant above North Sydney Pool. Food very up market priced but nice.

 

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