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5 of the best restaurants in Sydney

Melbourne might be known as Australia’s culinary capital but Sydney is home to an impressive array of top-quality restaurants

Isabella Redmond Styles

City Guide

by Isabella Redmond Styles


Momofuku Seiōbo
The first offshoot of the much loved Momofuku in New York, Momofuku Seiōbo is located in Sydney’s Star hotel and entertainment complex. Working closely with David Chang, chef and founder of the Momofuku group, the Seiōbo team is headed by Ben Greeno whose ever-changing menu is inspired by Sydney’s diverse food culture and the great choice of Australian ingredients.  A tasting menu is served in the main dining area while the bar, which seats five, serves a limited menu on a first come, first served basis.

Momofuku Seiōbo, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Sydney, NSW 2009, +61 (0)2 9777 9000

With a spectacular view that stretches from the Opera House to Harbour Bridge and food to match, Quay is consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the world. Chef Peter Gilmore and his team create a truly memorable fine dining experience with an emphasis on texture, producing amazing dishes such as congee of Northern Australian mud crab with palm heart and egg yolk emulsion.

Quay, Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9251 5600

A relative newcomer to Sydney’s fine dining scene, Sepia is making serious gastronomic waves. A chic, monochrome interior sets the stage for dishes that take their inspiration from Japanese cuisine and are the skilled work of chef Martin Benn, who has worked in some of the top kitchens in London and Sydney. Diners can expect plenty of seasonal ingredients and seafood, all exquisitely combined and impeccably presented.

Sepia, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9283 1990

Fish Face
Recently relocated from Darlinghurst to Double Bay, Fish Face remains a favourite among Sydney’s foodies. Committed to serving only the most sustainable local produce, the restaurant has a formal dining room with Eames chairs and stylish tableware, while more casual fare is served in the Fish Face Original space. As the name suggests, the menu is a celebration of seafood; it changes regularly but the classic battered black flathead with chips is usually featured.

Fish Face, 346 New South Head Road, Sydney, NSW 2028, +61 (0)2 9328 9599

Formerly an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia, Mark Best has become one of Australia’s most revered chefs. Marque, his Surry Hills restaurant, is a must-visit and the degustation menu promises course after course of extraordinary gastronomic talent and surprise paired with excellent wines.

Marque, 355 Crown Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)2 9332 2225


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