So I'd like to find something a bit less expensive, but still good - usually a casual atmosphere works better for the family than something formal, though my kids know how to behave in restaurants. We'll also be passing through Thailand and Hong Kong on this trip, so I'd rather not be eating Thai or Chinese while in Sydney Jamie's Italian in the CBD is very family friendly but not that exciting .and not very Australian obviously! Join the conversation! Sign up to comment on posts and users' comments Sign Up Now › I actually think Sydney Thai food is better than all but the best of Thailand especially the places most tourists find. The other new one is Bistro Guillaume (Oct 3rd) a casual place from one of Australia's top French chefs. re: PhilD.
Hi Hounds, I'll be making my first trip to Australia next week, and will be spending several days in Sydney, based in the CBD. I'm travelling with my kids, and am hoping to find some good casual restaurants in the area.
I've read through the various posts over the last few years, and am not finding quite what I'm looking for-- while I'd love to go to one of the top notch places like Quay, the prices (and any prix-fixe menus) don't usually make sense since the kids don't eat very much. So I'd like to find something a bit less expensive, but still good - usually a "casual" atmosphere works better for the family than something formal, though my kids know how to behave in restaurants.
We'll also be passing through Thailand and Hong Kong on this trip, so I'd rather not be eating Thai or Chinese while in Sydney. We all do love seafood, so that would be a good choice, as would anything that gives us a flavor for "Australian" cooking...
Thanks much for the help.
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Several times now I have been asked to recommend romantic dinner date restaurants to friends. This list has been reproduced about 8 freakin’ times. Each time saved under obscure titles then filed under even more obscure folders for safe keeping. So safe never to be found again. As a result I may have created my best list to date. YAY for us all approaching Valentine’s day. I’m welcome! Hope you all get spoilt with love and affection. A nice meal never hurt anyone either (unless you’re picking up the bill or salmonella :/ ) Oh!… and don’t forget the flowers!
How some men think girls don’t like flowers angers me. Fool! YES she wants flowers. Just-because flowers, Vday flowers, Bday flowers, I’m-sorry-I-was-hungry flowers, even $30 ! Lets put an end to this fallacy. Anyway, here’s a quick list for all you lustful lovers. I hope you all get laid! My commiserations in advance for the unlucky ones. Before I get into it …this post is sponsored by who make beautiful 14k gold jewellery. I wear my Augustus pendant everywhere as it goes with all my outfits!
I actually never take it off and I don’t need to because it’s gold filled (not plated) so it doesn’t rust or tarnish. Love!!!!! RELAXED DATE NIGHT / EARLY DAYS • Riley Street Garage, Woolloomolloo. Modern Aus, Seafood, Wine bar. $$$. Manhattan style restaurant/bar, noisy and alive. Sit at the bar for a more relaxed vibe.
• 10 Williams, Paddington. Italian Wine Bar. $$$. Great little gem, hidden away on William st • Wine library, Woollahra. Wine Bar, European tapas. Bar. $. Sit in the front bar section, perfectly lit area with a tinge of red (very sexual!) • Wilbur’s Place, Potts Point. Modern Aus. $$. Quaint little spot, not many people know about, it’s run by the Bourke St Bakery guys so you can expect deliciousness.
The food is homely and rustic and there’s a homely and reasonable priced and it’s BYO #winning. • Bar H Dining, Surry Hills. Chinese & Jap Wine Bar. $$$ • IL Baretto – Surry Hill. Italian. $$. Very very casual option if you’re trying to impress with authentic Italian food rather than ambiance.
BYO • Phamish – Darlinghurst. Vietnamese. $$. Very very casual option – same deal as above, food is great, cheap but not the most romantic. BYO • Vacanza – Surry Hills. Italian. $$. Darling pizzaria, open late. BYO. A LITTLE BIT MORE INTIMATE – CAN STEAL A KISS HERE AND THERE (Side note: Real men don’t shy away from PDA) • A Tavola, Darlinghurst. Italian. $$$ • Movida Sydney, Surry Hills. Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar. $$$$ • Bodega, Surry Hills. Latin American Tapas.
$$$ • Monopole, Potts Point. Modern Wine Bar. $$$ SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SPECIAL – SYDNEY CBD OPTIONS: • Alpha Restaurant, CBD. Incredible Greek food. $$. • Mr Wong, CBD. Chinese. Yum Cha. $$$ Always a favourite. • Rockpool Bar and Grill. CBD. Modern Aus.
Steakhouse. Seafood. $$$$ • Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Paradiso, CBD. Italian, Pizza, Wine bar. $$$ • Ananas Bar & Brasserie, The Rocks. French, Seafood. $$$ and it’s open really late • Cafe Nice, CBD. French, Waterfront $$$ SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SPECIAL – OUTSIDE THE CBD: • Longrain, Surry Hills. Thai fusion wine bar. $$$. Another goody that’s often forgotten! An excellent option for a nonchalant romantic dinner date and you can have drinks at the bar downstairs before and after your meal.
• Chiswick, Woollahra. Modern Aus. $$$ Love this botanical/country restaurant. • Nomad, Surry Hills. Mediterranean Wine Bar, $$$. Impressively large rustic warehouse/wine bar set up.
Love! • China Doll, Woolloomooloo. Chinese. $$$. Crowd pleaser – great food, waterfront and outdoor seating. TALK OF THE TOWN A few of the on trend, so hot right Hansel options to give the impression that you did your research • The Potting Shed, Alexandria.
Modern Aus. $$. Set outdoor in a garden setting, with fairly lights every, reaaalll purrdyy!! • Berta, Surry Hills. Italian Wine Bar $$$$ – Tuesday they do Sagra at Berat where they celebrate on ket procude and based the menu around it for $55pp http://www.berta.com.au/events • ACME, Rushcutters.
Modern Aus and Italian. $$$. Be prepared for love of re-invented delicious italian dishes. • Cho Cho San, Potts Point. Jap cocktail and wine bar. $$ • Vine Bar, Double Bay. Modern French, Wine bar. $$$ The INTERACTIVE DINNER There’s something very inviting about a communal table setting, there’s always lots of chatter and love around the table.
If you’re in the mood for an intimate family dinner with a bunch of friendly strangers, try: • Farmhouse Potts Point. Mordern Aus. Communal menu/shared plates. Set food menu $55. Just amazing and great value. Had my 30th here. • Jimmy Liks, Potts Point. Thai Fusion, Wine Bar. $$ Makes me sad that this little place gets forgotten about.
• Toko, Surry Hills. Modern Jap. $$$ Degustations are always great fun too.. a little expensive but fun! Each serving is the start of a new conversation . If you want to try something on the more quirky side you cant go past • Pinbone, Woollahra. Modern. Go for the small $65 chef’s selection – so much food! • Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst. European. If you and your date are into new experiences of the culinary type then this is a great choice.
$85 per person • Gastro Park, Potts Point. Highly recommend getting the 7 course degustation, you get to try most of the key dishes in one sitting. $140 per person • Apollo, Potts Point. Greek $$$. Not a degustation as such, more of set menu but just as fun from $55. FINE DINING No list is complete with the fine dining options. I know I’m not telling you anything new here, but for the completeness of the list I feel the need to include them as they are all wonderful options.
Even if they are a bit cliche for a romantic dinner, most people would be creaming and delighted to go there. • Cafe Sydney, CBD. Modern, Seafood.
$$$$. Spectacular harbour view! • Quay, The Rocks. Modern Aust. $$$$. – enough said! • Sepia, CBD. Modern Seafood Wine Bar. $$$$ Recommend the $190 • Catalina, Rose Bay. $$$$. Mediterranean + Modern Aus. Ocean surrounding, stunning view. • Pendelino, CBD. Italian fine dining, $$$$.
Situated at the end of the picturesque Victorian Strand Arcade READER RECOMMENDATIONS Since posting I’ve had a few recommendations from some very helpful readers – these include: • The Flying Fish Restaurant, Pyrmont. Modern, Seafood. $$$$. Fine Dining (From Keli Parkes, Sydney) • Sokyo, Pyrmont. Japanese. $$$$. Fine Dining (From Keli Parkes, Sydney) • Altitude Restaurant at the Shangri la Hotel, Sydney.
$$$$. Modern European. Fine Dining (From Keli Parkes, Sydney) • Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach. $$$$ Mediterranean, Italian, Seafood. Fine dining. Amazing view (From Rhonda Maunder, Sydney) I’ve also written up a list for . Make sure you check it out 🙂 All the best 😉 Love Bangers x Sharz is inspired by living a meaningful, liberated, yet hedonistic lifestyle - a contradiction at best!
Inquisitive at heart, she loves sharing her recommendations on travel, food and most recently wellbeing. She is a lover of fashion, good food, an appreciator of red wine and a quintessential fun-sized explorer. Keli Parkes Hi there, Thanks for the heads up on some info on places to eat. As you I love food and eating out. Have you tried flying fish? Sokyo? Or altitude restaurant?? These are my top 3 restaurants. Well besides china doll, ms gs and jimmy liks..
Do yourself a favour and check them out. Happy eating… Thanks Keli x •
From the glitz and glamour of the Star City Casino and trendy King Street Wharf in Darling Harbour to the waves of the Northern beaches, Sydney is full of great restaurants, bars and shopping. Sail under the iconic Harbour Bridge on a ferry and take in a world class performance at the Sydney Opera House. Circular Quay is also home to the exquisite waterside Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Sydney Tower is the highest point on the skyline and offers a restaurant with panoramic views.
Whether it's the quirky King Street in Newtown or the elegance of the Woollahra, travelling outside of the centre uncovers each suburb's distinct flavour. The famous Bondi Beach is the starting point of a walk along the cliffs to the equally photogenic beaches of Bronte and Cooggee.
Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport is the main gateway to this New South Wales capital, and only a short distance from the city centre.
From a dorm bed in King’s Cross to a 5-star, serviced apartment in the central business district, Booking.com will ensure you don’t miss the excitement in this dynamic city down under. Nice city. People are generally friendly & helpful. A lady staff at the town hall station was extremely helpful when we reached the station at night for direction to the castlereagh hotel on 30/11/17. Public servants in particular are primely important to make a difference for all tourist.
Public servants are usually the first line of contact for any visitor to a new country. The gentleman who checked us in at the castlereagh hotel on the night of our arrival on 30/11/17 was extremely helpful and efficient in getting us into our room.
He is a cheerful lot each day when we meet him at the front desk. Hotel is very clean and convenient. Hotel has a self service laundry facility at no extra charge, very useful. Room is a little small though, but, the service and efficiency of the staffs made it up to all.
Kudos 💪🏼Castlereagh.. will return at the next opportunity. F&B, supermarket & shopping are all close by. However, the shops close very early, making it rather boring if one prefers to shop than drink or party! Luckily, the supermarket WOOLWORTHS closes at 10pm and that is a bonus for us. We love Woolloomooloo Darlinghurst, rushcutters bay, Pitts point and barangaroo..
each has its charm and flavour! Interesting architecture skyline too. Best place to stay for the view of Sydney harbour is the North Sydney Harbour View, great public transport at your door, great walking/running tracks especially over the Harbour Bridge.
Good comfortable accommodation in and around the city if you want to be right in the action with an average price of $150 AUD, you can pay more and I would if I was staying for more then a few days but if your there for the night life go cheaper as your only in the room to sleep.The down side is if you drive even though you pay good money for your accommodation you will also be hit with an average $25 per day for parking, I feel that should be included in the price.
Down side is NSW still have the lock out laws so you need to find a good place you like before 0100h. Good idea if you want to be escorted around is to jump onto OZ Party buses and they will take you out for dinner, move you around on a Disco bus to experience up to 4 night clubs or pub depending on the party bus you jump on.
During the day you can jump on the ferry to manly and walk to the Spit Bridge then bus it up to Military road and down to the zoo and make your way to the bottom of the zoo and catch the ferry back to the CBD, shower change and hit the many bars and Restaurants in and around the Rock or Opera house.If your after a great hassle free night out without the thugs hit the Newtown gay friendly area where everyone is there to party and meet new people. I found this area to be so friendly and safe to walk around.
Great food as well!!!! The Rocks is my favourite place. Such an old worldly atmosphere and great little pubs such as Fortune O' War to visit. I have had dinner a couple of times at the Munich (aka Lowenbrau) which is a German restaurant with great food. The pork knuckle is the best! If you would like a more quiet intimate setting there are a couple of restaurants down at Walsh Bay on the wharf.
The new Barangaroo Park is a great place to have a picnic and it is a licensed park so you can take a few beverages and soak in the amazing sights of the Harbour Bridge, Balmain Wharf, Darling Harbour, Luna Park and the list goes on. There is a pub/hotel at Millers Point called Hotel Palisade. If your looking for a quirky 'not the run of the mill' place to stay then this is it.
For the 2 day period whilst in Sydney, our negotiated tariff accommodation at the ADINA HOTEL was central & key to our requirements, in that public transport adequately catered to our transportation needs within the CBD. A multitude of eateries to cater to those with empty pockets, & to those with bulging pockets, a cross section of world wide dishes to choose from, all within walking distances of your accommodation if you have based yourself within the CBD.Again, if based in the CBD, it is extremely easy to get around Sydney, & all within casual waking distances.If attending Concerts in the heart of Sydney, again all within walking distances.If attending sporting functions, & you are residing in the CBD, again no problem, as the variety of transportation is on hand & available.
The hotel concierge will be your best contact to provide this information. Hotel was basic, it's not a hotel!! It's a uni campus! Flat had everything you wanted. I shared with my brother, two rooms, open planned living room/kitchen.
Cleaners did the basic empty bins and change bedding if you requested it and had to request they hoovered als, it was every 2-3rd the first week j was there the second week I think I seen them once. Balcony - no sun what's so ever and was always in the shade and the view was another building so to be honest I'd have rather had a different room with a better balcony ( I'm from the uk so first time visiting Australia and your told you have a room with a balcony but you got my balcony lol) but anyway buses are regular and right outside.
If you fancy a walk ladies to the stores for shopping you can walk an hour to the nearest mall or you can get a bus takes 10 min. Buses to and for the city are regular too. I loved Sydney and I liked the apparetment also over all! Favourite place had to be kiama, the air, the view, incredible atmosphere,beautiful town. Dined at a restaurant by Sydney opera House, exquisite, 5 star service.
But if your on a budget paddy's market is good to.Public transportation leads to alot of the hotspots in Sydney, even from the opera house u can catch a ferry to darling harbour and else where, well priced to.Only regrets was not paying the little bit extra for a more recent hotel. All day out and about, u need to sleep and revive in comfort..
Unfortunately I chose the wrong accommodation.
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