It’s autumn. For the foodie world, this means new menus and new dishes. For the rest of us, it means hoodies and Ugg Boots are back. It’s a win-win situation, really.
Leave your snuggies at home and read on, here are six fabulous restaurants in Sydney to excite your tastebuds this weekend!
Exciting things are happening at New Shanghai! Renowned Sydney chef, Neo Nee (former head chef at Lotus Dumpling Bar) has launched a super special autumn menu that caters for all us Sydneysiders who are a little picky (okay, borderline obsessive) with our food. If you’re a meat lover, vegetarian or someone who wants something sweet, you’ll be well looked after under these dishes. Grab ceramics of silky tofu with Chinese century egg, a spicy lamb stir-fry speckled in cumin or choose a bubbling hot pot to share.
The Gantry Restaurant and Bar is a fine dining experience created to give your olfactory senses a bit of a whirl (let’s start with the overwhelming backdrop of Sydney Harbour set to keep your eyes wide for most of the night). Located inside the famous and luxurious Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel, The Gantry has released an incredible menu like no other put together by executive chef Joel Bickford in an effort to explore new flavour combinations and showcase incredible culinary craftsmanship. In addition to the a-la-carte menu is a seven-course degustation option and a medley of insane desserts. We’re talking about the banana served with caramel, macadamia and spiced milk… Never, ever leave us.
Din Tai Fung
Kung Fu your way through the lines, a panda-monium has hit Din Tai Fung. Whether you’re hungry or hungover (or maybe both), you need to visit the makers of the world’s tastiest (and possibly cutest) dumplings. And here’s an extra reason to make sure you swing by—celebrating the release of Kung Fu Panda 3, Din Tai Fung has released the Panda Bun. A sensational steamed and puffy pastry filled with dark chocolate and salted caramel. Available for only two weeks starting from April 9th, you can start stocking up at any of the Din Tai Fungs at World Square, Central Park, Westfield Sydney, Westfield Chatswood, Westfield Miranda and The Star.
Break the ice and enjoy the finer things in life, Grain Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is pairing spirits with cold cut meats for your chance to sip and savour like a pro. With subtly spiced, house-cured meats and caviar paired with drinks Sunday through to Thursday from midday to late at night, this artisan bar knows exactly how to create comfort. Their salt and lime cured kingfish with tequila is an absolute winner serving up Hiramasa Kingfish farmed in South Australia and cured in salt, sugar and lime zest for 72 hours, finely diced and marinated in lime juice and extra virgin olive oil. Partnered with a unique blend of Anejo Tequila that’s been touched up with agave nectar, your tastebuds won’t have a clue what they’re in for.
Get inside the warehouse space of Head Chef Clayton Wells’ first solo restaurant, Automata. The fine dining restaurant offers a five course set menu which changes up regularly and features an exotic listing of beverages. Boasting aesthetic plating, aesthetic surrounds… in fact the whole damn place is one aesthetic masterpiece.
Redfern Continental is the cheeky vault giving you access to eastern European flavours all day and all night. Yes, you read that correctly. Within the woody textures of this retro-chic and hipster space is a menu churning out the staple goods (meatballs and chicken schnitzel) with a secret bar extended out back fit to handle you at whatever time of the day (or night) you choose to come by.
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