A Foodie’s Guide To The Star

By Anna May
20th Jan 2015

It’s not just the entertainment destination and city icon you know and love, The Star is also home to some of the best restaurants and eateries in Sydney, housing everything from casual dining venues to hatted restaurants. Whatever your fancy, The Star has a plethora of dining offerings waiting to be appreciated by you. So, who’s ready for a food crawl? 


If you’ve got a hankering for some delicious fine dining modern Japanese, Sokyo is the perfect fit. You can kick back at Sokyo Lounge and choose from a selection of modern cocktails, sake and Japanese whisky,or settle into the restaurant and be blown away by the menu’s twist on traditional Japanese food. Nigiri purists won’t be able to turn down the spicy tuna crispy rice nigiri, while wagyu lovers should splurge on the melt-in-your-mouth 800g rib eye that boasts a +7 marble score and is a testament to the skill of Sokyo’s chefs. 


Headed up by Australia’s godfather of Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi , Balla is a modern take on the traditional Italian cuisine we love, with an incredible view of Sydney Harbour to boot. Balla is the perfect spot for a long lunch, romantic dinner or a quick bite before catching a show at The Lyric Theatre. Start with some freshly shucked oysters and a salumi plate, or enjoy some of the best pasta in Sydney – we love the tagliatelle with slipper lobster, tomato, capers and oregano. For mains, go big with half a duck with lentils and orange. Be sure to cap off the meal with the chocolate tart with caramel custard and marinated strawberry – the perfect end to any meal.

BLACK by ezard

Known for serving up some of the best and most creative cocktails in Sydney, BLACK by ezard has a stellar menu to match, not to mention a sleek and opulent interior. Think European-inspired dishes with a focus on the grill. We can never say no to a beef tartare, and it really is up there with the best. Sharing is caring, so opt for something to satisfy everyone’s taste with the grill tasting share plate with pork loin, lamb rack and wagyu beef. Or why not cap off the weekend in style and head in for BLACK’s ‘Champagne Sunday Lunch’ to enjoy a three-course meal and glass of Moet & Chandon.


Another one from our dear friend Mr. Manfredi, Pizzaperta is the newest addition to the line up of dining offeringsat The Star. A little more casual than its upstairs sibling Balla but just as authentic, Pizzaperta dishes up a menu of new wave and traditional pizzas in an easy-going, open air environment. We love to head down for a few aperitivo cocktails by the water before hoeing into the substantial menu. Be sure to have a crack at the prawn, zucchini and mint pizza and if you can fit it in, give the tiramisu a go. 

Fat Noodle

Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle has a new menu, so it’s the perfect time to hightail it in and get to know the Vietnamese meets Chinese restaurant. Must-tries include the spicy lamb skewers and prawn & pork with Japanese eggplant, and you simply can’t miss Luke’s signature fat pho noodles. Feeling adventurous? The abalone & chicken congee is just the thing you need to spice up your life Still hungry? Head upstairs for dessert and visit the only Gelato Messina you don’t have to line up for.

Momofuku Seiōbo

Here’s where it gets interesting… If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to feast like a king, Momofuku is the place to do it. With a plethora of awards and three hats to boot, there is no question of Momofuku’s place on our list of the best restaurants in Sydney. Think the softest, most delectable pork buns you’ve ever eaten, and aseasonal menu that will knock you off your bar stool every time. A word to the wise – get in quick, because bookings can only be made 10 days in advance. Now, go!

Image credit: The Star

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