We were only in Sydney for a weekend but a lot of what we did there was eat! I'm one of those people who likes to walk past ALL the restaurants on a street, read their menus and see how busy each one is before I decide where to eat - unless I have a solid recommendation. So here are my top picks in Sydney.
A great place for breakfast or lunch, Harry's is a funky little cafe. The menu serves up interesting and healthy dishes made with largely locally sourced ingredients. Great coffee, friendly staff and a nice view of the beach from the tables out on the pavement. They don't have a liquor license yet but you can BYO if you want a glass of wine with lunch and they did say that they hoped to have a bar up and running soon. Try the pulled pork roll with a fried egg and coffee bacon jam.
This is my top pick in Sydney. A simply fantastic place with the best views of Manly's famous surf beach. It's housed in a converted information centre and it's the only place that sits on the boardwalk itself, rather than across the road, and sitting by the window offers uninterrupted views of the sea. The menu is full of my favorite things - tapas-style starters and fresh seafood, pastas and deli-inspired dishes - we opted for the pate, olives and haloumi (all delicious) paired with a cold glass of rose bubbles. They're open all day from 7am until 10pm, for breakfast, lunch and dinner and honestly if I ever get the chance to go back, I'll be there when it opens and leaving when it closes. The Pantry has a secured spot near the top of my list of favorite restaurants in the world.
A cute little place, tucked away on a quiet road a few blocks up from the beach in Bondi, Brown Sugar is a very popular and buzzing restaurant well worth a visit for lunch or dinner. You will need a reservation if you don't want to have to wait hours for a table but luckily this is one of the few places in Australia where service is really top notch and the staff will be only too happy to accommodate you. A cosy but vibrant atmosphere, great food and wine, it's a great place to catch up and enjoy a meal with friends.
This awesome rooftop bar is more famous for it's backdrop than it's gastronomy but it's made my top 5 list because the food is really quite impressive considering the venue's reputation as a drinking hole. You simply can't beat the amazing views across the harbour and the Opera House and with delicious menu items such as fishcakes and salt and pepper squid, not to mention the larger fare including juicy burgers and fresh salads, it's well worth a visit.
Known for it's Sunday Sessions, Watsons Bay is a great place to watch the sun go down, or to enjoy a long lunch. This trendy beach club has a bit of a Miami vibe at the weekends with beautiful people gathered around buckets of bubbles and bottles of rose, and the food isn't half bad to boot. Also a hotel and popular for weddings and parties, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu has a bit of everything with an italian twist. There's nothing on it that doesn't look amazing.
Let me know if you've tried any of the places on this list and what you thought! What's your favorite place to eat in Sydney?