Eating Out – the guide to eating out in Sydney and surrounds by my mate, Prue

Always forget places when people ask for favourite restaurant recommendations so this is to jog my memory.
V means has a nice view. $ means not cheap. $$ pricey $$$ super pricey

CITY

Subsolo Spanish Tapas– great for sharing, good tapas, go down the stairs to the restaurant
Acqua Pazza Ristorante ($)– good modern italian
Baia the Italian ($)– always handy when going out in the city (at Cockle Bay) and want a quick bite that everyone will like
Mamak – if you like spicy this Malaysian place is for you, always has massive queues, very casual
Zia Pina Pizzieria– small, crazy, cramped but good loaction right in the Rocks if you want to have an old fashioned pizzieria before you go out
Harbour Kitchen and Bar (v,$)– been awhile since we were there, used to be good
Diethenes – Greek – downstairs restaurant that has been there forever, not a lot of atmosphere but good old fashioned Greek food
Medusa – Greek – hearty portions, delicious food, more modern than Diethenes
Chefs Gallery – not normally a fan of Chinese (apart from yum cha) but this place was excellent, very central, corner of George St and Bathurst St, every dish we had was delicious
Ash St Cellars ($) – opposite Felix, also a Merivale restaurant. Food delicious, small tapas share plates. Is quite noisy though and tables very snall. More like a bar than a restaurant.
Bodhi – Vegetarian– really clever vegetarian never seen anything like it, you would think you are eating meat dishes, and completely delicious
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant ($)- Another good one if you want something at Cockle Bay that is good food and handy before you are heading out somewhere
Graffitti – good if you are in the city and want a restaurant meal rather than food court. Upstairs at the arthouse hotel
The Malaya ($)– Mark adores this place, high class spicy Asian food, too much chilli for me
Fratelli Fresh ($) – Italian– Great Italian but pretty noisy, good location in the heart of the city
Felix French Bistro ($$)– Love it – this is one of the Merivale restaurants (run by the Hermes family) and I love the decor and usually I love the food (although some dishes have been not great so chooose wisely)
Glass at Hilton ($$)– yum yum, Luke Mangan’s place, anchovies to die for
Machiavelli – Italian ($$)– been around forever, favourite of business men at lunch and political figures that grace the walls, superb italian food with 80 year old italian men as waiters
Mr Wong ($) – Yum Cha, Duck– Another Merivale restaurant the yum cha is amazing and if you book for lunch you can have yum cha and their incredible duck pancakes
Cafe Sydney (v,$$)– been a few years since we have been here but used to be excellent
Rockpool Bar and Grill ($$$)– Great food and lovely art deco decor, great service. but I felt it was quite overpriced for what you get
Tetsuyas ($$$) – After all the hype I wouldn’t go back. Lovely venue, food very interesting and clever, but I didn’t have that ‘put it in your mouth and go wow I want 10 of these’ moments. At that price you expect wow tasting food. Also expected more Japanese/French fusion rather than the Japanese style courses then the French style courses. Would choose Quay or Sepia any day over Tets.
Quay (v,$$$)– Oh.My.God. Need I say more. Last time I could not choose between the snow egg and the 7 layer chocolate dessert so had both instead. This is a place everyone who is into fine dining must visit. Best restaurant in Oz in our books (or was till we went to Sepia).
Sepia ($$$) – Well we see now why this is 2015 restaurant of the year with 3 hats. Better than Quay. Incredible.
Fogo – Brazillian meat place. $40 a head for more food than anyone could possibly eat and pretty tasty. Fairly casual, low key. Vegetarians this is not for you. Near Central / Broadway area.
La Guillotine – French bistro pretty good, not great not crap, speedy meals, bit pricey for a bistro.
The Bridge Room ($$) – thought it was very average wouldn’t go back

OTHER

Ester (Chippendale) ($) – interesting and clever share food, unusal, touch of Jap influence
Koi (Chippendale) – Reynold from Mastercgef 2015 dessert bar, just do cafe downstairs, set menu has too many dessert courses (3 savoury, 4 dessert). Is at end of Spice Alley.
Fred’s (Paddington) ($) – a Merivale restaurant so gorgeous, some courses amazing, some average, would go back though
The Apollo Greek (Potts Point) ($)– modern Greek food
Fratelli Paradiso (Potts Point) – delicious authentic Italian
Cho Cho San (Potts Point) – quirky Japanese style menu, yum
Chiswick (Woollahra) ($$)– Really clever yummy food, good for sharing, the garlic bread thing was incredible
La Grande Bouffe – French (Rozelle) ($)– lovely rich French food hard to beat
Il Grappolo (Rozelle) – good suburban Italian
Wild Pear Cafe (Dural)– Ok so you have to go to Dural but it is so worth it. Fabulous food and desserts aare amazing. I want to try everything on the menu. Way beyond your average cafe.
Fogo (Broadway) – Brazilian cafe every casual, massive amount of tasty food if you do the $40 option.
Salt Meat Cheese (Drummoyne) yummy pizza very casual
Urban Tadka (Terrey Hills) – Good Indian for the area but it’s no Malabar

SYDNEY 2016 Good Food Guide Awards

Three hats

The Bridge Room, Quay, Rockpool est. 1989, Sepia

Two hats

ARIA, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Berowra Waters Inn, Cafe Paci (darlinghurst), Cottage Point Inn, est., Ester, The Four in Hand Dining Room (paddington), Guillaume (paddington), Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Lucio’s Italian Restaurant (paddington) , LuMi Bar & Dining (pyrmont), Marque, Momofuku Seiobo (pyrmont), Mr. Wong, Ormeggio at The Spit, Oscillate Wildly (newtown), Pilu at Freshwater, Porteño, Rockpool Bar & Grill, sixpenny (stanmore), Spice Temple (city), Tetsuya’s

One hat

The Apollo, The Bathers’ Pavilion, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Felix, Fratelli Paradiso, glass brasserieJonah’s Restaurant, MoVida, 10 William St (paddington), Buon Ricordo (paddington), Ajo Italian Restaurant (rozelle), Bistro Moncur (woollahra), Catalina (rose bay), Kepos Street Kitchen (redfern), Moon Park (redfern), LP’s Quality Meats (chippendale), Osteria Balla (pyrmont), Sokyo (pyrmont), Osteria di  Russo & Russo (enmore), Sagra (darlinghurst), Sake Double Bay, Sean’s (bondi), Three Blue Ducks (bronte)

Bistrode CBD, Longrain (city), The Restaurant Pendolino (city), sushi e (city), Uccello (city)

Bodega (SH), Firedoor (SH), Izakaya Fujiyama (SH), Nomad (SH), Ume Restaurant (SH), Vini (SH)

Cho Cho San (PP), Gastro Park (PP), Monopole (PP), Ms.G’s (PP), Yellow (PP)
ACME (rushcutters bay), Otto Ristorante (wooloo), China Doll (wooloomoolo), Billy Kwong (elizabeth bay)

Also try:

– Park Hyatt
– Tim Ho Wan
– 
Cinque (Mona Vale)
– Kiosk at Shelley Beach closed?
– Gowings Bar and Grill

– Public dining room balmoral
– Barrel bar and dining cremorne

– Cavalier specialty coffee st leonards

MELBOURNE GOOD FOOD GUIDE

THREE HATS

Attica, Flower Drum, Vue de Monde

TWO HATS

Cafe Di Stasio, Cutler & Co, Ezard, Grossi Florentino, Matteo’s, MoVida, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta, Saint Crispin, Spice Temple

ONE HAT

Bacash, Becco, Bistro Guillaume, Bistro Vue, Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Centonove, Circa, Coda, Cumulus Inc, Da Noi, Dandelion, Donovans, Easy Tiger, Epocha, Estelle, The European, The Grand, Hare & Grace, Huxtable, Il Bacaro, Kenzan, Longrain, Maha, Merricote, Moon Under Water, MoVida Aqui, No. 8 by John Lawson, Noir, Pei Modern, The Point Albert Park, The Press Club, Pure South, Sarti, Shoya, Stokehouse City, Supernormal, Tempura Hajime, Tonka, Town Hall Hotel, The Town Mouse, Union Dining, Woodland House, Yu-u

Recommended restaurants:

Mister Bianca in Kew
The Roving Marrow
Hammer and Tongs
Pellegrino (italian)
Melb coda
cutler and co
Seamstress
Carlton winery
Markov
Cicciolina
Chez bob
The European (princess theatre)
Upstairs roof top bar
Madame Brussels
Naked for Satan
Bacci san Remo at brunettis

CANBERRA GOOD FOOD GUIDE

TWO HATS:

Aubergine (Griffith)

ONE HAT:

Capitol Bar & Grill (Canberra City), Courgette (Canberra City), eightysix (Braddon), Italian & Sons (Braddon), Malamay (Barton), Ottoman Cuisine (Barton), Temporada (Canberra City), Waters Edge (Parkes)

Recommended restaurants:

Portia’s place chinese duck pancakes
Jewel of India in manuka
East hotel in manuka
Bentspoke Brewing Co.
Belluci’s
Patissez (freakshake)

GLEBE

Al Mustafa Lebanese– hearty Lebanese fare
Spanish Tapas– like sub solo better but this place still good
Flying Fajita Sistas– I usually hate Mexican but this place is good
The Boathouse (v, $$)– Mmm snapper pie with truffle oil, seafood lovers will adore this place. Lots of stairs to get in and last time we went I had a broken foot

DARLINGHURST

Bill’s Cafe – Even though Bill Granger is annoying (not that he would ever be there) you can’t beat the corn fritters or honeycomb butter ricotta hotcakes
Bill and Tonys Cafe – a Sydney institution, fabulous foccacia and upstairs hearty pasta with orange cordial
Buon Ricordo Italian ($$)– Awhile ago but remember it being pretty good
The Victoria Room – So gorgeous inside, fabulous for high teas and girls events but also great for dinner, they sometimes have a singer too

SURRY HILLS

E Bulli – Spanish – Pretty good traditional Spanish tapas
MoVida – Spanish Tapas ($)– modern Spanish tapas, clever and very tasty, yum yum
Porteno ($) – delicious food, Argentinian (BBQ meats), but noisy and you have to queue to get in
Bodega – the tapas bar of Porteno, good food, not cheap
Firedoor ($) – loved most of the food, great atmosphere, all woord fored oven

LEICHHARDT

Grappa ($)– more upmarket Italian than a pizza place much better than lots of the crap in Leichhardt
La Botte D’oro – yummy Italian off the main drag in Marion St, very generous portions and a full Italian menu
Frattini – Italian in Marion St, family run with big menu, yummy food

NEWTOWN

Oscillate Wildly $– Been awhile but was share dishes and yum
The Pie Tin – Oh my god I love the malteaser pie and the caramel cholocate pie and the duck pies
Hartsyard – Sort of a bar atmosphere, big American style portions

NEUTRAL BAY

Firefly Bar– great share food, bar atmosphere
Sushi Samurai – good usual traditional Japanese
Italian Street Kitchen – ok woodfired italian pizza, has other dishes
3 Addictions – Italian – great woodfired pizza place, small and casual
Al Amar Lebanese – good food but banquet is way too much food go a la carte
Ribs n Burgers – the name says it all, good place to grab a bite, tasty burgers
Relish Noodle Star – completely budget decor but good cheap Chinese food, not oily
Tamagetaya – good quality Japanese, excellent gyoza (my favourite gyoza)
Falafel Zaman – fabulous falafels! Cafe atmosphere nothing special but food cheap and delicious
SoCal – southern callifornian food, and bar food, chilli lovers will love it
Jugemu and Shimbashi – Japanese teppanyaki, okonomiyaki, handmade soba noodes – fab Jap food

CROWS NEST / NORTH SYDNEY

Malabar – Indian– in our opinion the best Indian in Sydney, white linen, consistently excellent food, been here 20 years, you have to have the masala dosai it is amazing
Sea Treasure – Yum Cha – fantastic lunch yum cha, been going here forever
Rengaya Japanese BBQ – does a great $30 lunch special with bbq and rice, miso, salad
Waqu Japanese Fine Dining ($)– interesting modern Japanese
Bel Paese – good Italian run by friendly Pino, is at the bottom of an office tower but food good.

CREMORNE

Toshiya Japanese – upmarket modern Japanese, young chef with flair, fabulous
Marilyna’s Takeaway Pizza – not the woodfired itallian style pizzas but better than Dominos etc for a fri night delivery
Fratellis – really good pizzas, but can’t book and very small and lots of kids! They do deliver though.
Pizza Pesche Bene – one in cremorne much nicer than one at the spit, great range food, more of a homely family place, calamari great and we love their pizza

MOSMAN

Fourth Village Providore – Italian – fabulous for lunch, superb food, great atmosphere, very Italian and the providore is amazing
Ripples Chowder Bay (v, $) better for lunch as you see the view, fab food, more upmarket
Tea Room at Gunners Barracks (v, $) – posh, great for high tea
Burnt Orange Cafe – good place for a cafe lunch that is more than a standard cafe
Il Perugino ($) – Italian – upmarket italian, no pizza here, food great but annoying that there are no menus and you have to listen to the waiter tell you everything
Four Frogs Creperie – delicious crepes savoury and sweet by some frenchmen
Hotel Mosman – Surprisngly good pub food. Very generous serves.
House of Teppanyaki – Well the food is good even though it is a Chinese chef doing Japanese cuisine, but it can be really noisy and you sit around with lots of other people so not good if you want an intimate dinner!
The Hunter – a bit crowded and noisy in winter, but interesteing share plates with an African theme
Bistro Mon Cur – another of the Woollahra one, excellent French esp souffles, is in Buena Vista Hotel

KIRRIBILLI

The Botanist Bar– bar atmosphere with good share food
Ripples Milsons Point (v,$)– great mod oz food
Garfish ($) – Seafood– all the garfish restaurants have a fabulous menu, if you like seafood
Aqua Dining (v,$$)– a favourite for many year, looks out over the pool and bridge
Sails at Lavender Bay (v,$$)– amazing degustation menu, best at lunch for the view, generous serves so no breakfast beforehand
La Cappannina – Italian ($)– good italian family run place
Fitzroy Food Company – Mediterranean/Spanish – lovely tapas

BALMORAL

The Boatshed Cafe (v)– casual cafe, manic on weekends
Bathers Pavilion Cafe (v) – relaxed good food with a view, service a bit random
Bathers Pavilion Restaurant (v,$$) – on the other side of the pavilion, still the view but fancy fine dining food, has been great and has been average
Beach House by GPO – a street away from the beach on corner Awaba, good food, the mixed antipasto plate is fabulous.

WOOLWICH

The Deckhouse (v) $– even though Woolwich is a pain in the butt to get to, this place was excellent, Definitely a lunchspot so you can enjoy the water views

CAMMERAY

Toriciya Japanese (Cammeray)– really different Japanese to the usual stuff in Australian Japanese restuarants, much more authentic

NORTHERN BEACHES

Garfish Manly ($) – Seafood– fabulous seafood as always
Pilu Italian at Freshwater (v,$$)– high end Italian, can be fabulous have had some dud dishes
Terrace on Pittwater at Newport (v)– nice relaxed lunch spot
Stella Blu Dee Why (v)– a fav of mum and I for some time
Sushi Waka Manly-great Japanese love the stuffed chicken wings
Limani’s Seafood at Narrabeen (v,$)– good food, good view, quirky waiters (and ducks on the lake)
Barbuto-Ribs, Steak, Seafood Narrabeen– lots of hearty good food, family atmosphere
Hugos Manly (v,$)– delicious pizzas and fab food on the wharf, good before or after Spit/Manly walk
The Pantry Manly(v) – Literally on the beach, cafe/restaurant, some dishes great, some just ok
Ormeggio at the Spit (v, $$) – Fine dining Italian at the Spit. Nice lunch location on the water. Fancy italian.
Chiosco st the Spit ($) – The cafe version of the restaurant above, food good but pretty pricey for a cafe
Wildwater Grill at Dee Why (v) – good range of food on the menu, good view
Plonk Beach Cafe at The Spit (v)– surprisngly good food and right on the beack, lovely lunch spot

AVOCA

Point Cafe Avoca (v) – right on the beach, good range on menu and yummy food.
Wise Food Cafe – does great range of raw food desserts and their lunch menu is good too, super healthy.