Food & Drink

Feelin’ Fancy | Spots Worth Dressing Up For

By Hannah Morris
5th May 2017

Bennelong NYE Sydney 2015

Everyone (ourselves included) loves a lazy night in front of the TV, but what happens when the binge ends? When it’s time to actually wash your hair, and put your trackies in the wash, you know what we’re talking about team, let’s be real.

With winter coming we thought we’d do you a solid and round up the spots that are worth you squeezing into that so-tight-you-almost-can't-breathe dress, and those next day blisters from those killer heels. 

Here are Sydney’s best spots that are worth getting dressed up for.

Dinner @ Bennelong 

Bennelong Point

There are a whole bunch of reasons the Sydney Opera House is so iconic, and (for us at least) it’s thanks to Bennelong. This scenic Sydney restaurant boasts a menu that encompasses what Modern Australian food really is, showcases some of the best in Aussie produce. We’re talking roast lamb, Pavlova, and the most beautiful (not to mention delicious) lamington we have ever laid our eyes on, and treated our bellies to. The food, city views and enchanting interior are #Sydneybucketlistgoals.

Cocktails @ Blu Bar 36 


Blu Bar 36 at the Shangri La hotel is the crème de la crème of drinks with a view. Park up for a cocktail (or ten) and admire our glorious city thanks to the bars glistening views across Sydney Harbour. Their Liquid Physics menu offers up a number of creative cocktails (our pick is the smoking mistress) for the adventurous among us. For a good old classic, the vanilla espresso martini packs a delicious modern twist to an old school fave. With a full bar menu on offer, this is one spot you’ll want to  snack, sip and soak up the view. 

High Tea @ The Langham 

Millers Point

Ladies, this one’s for you. The Langham Hotel is bringing the best of London to Sydney and delivering us authentic scones, club sandwiches and English tea. The hotels Palm Court area has been newly refurbished to include sunlit spaces, Western Harbour views and did we mention scones? The perfect spot for a classy high tea with the girls, and giving that dress you just bought an afternoon out. 

Set Menu @ Nel. Restaurant


Variety is the spice of life and luckily for us the team at Nel. Restaurant certainly like to spice things up. With a seasonal eight-course menu that changes every six weeks, if you time your visits correctly, you’ll be in for a new treat each time. Serving a kick-ass degustation at an affordable price, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy an easy night out, that’s worth ditching the trackies for.

Treat Yourself @ Est.


Home to the famous waiter swoop you see in the movies (so you know it’s fancy), Est. is restaurant goals. The service is exceptional and the food is just as great. Set in a heritage dining room with white Grecian columns and dramatic lighting, Est. delivers fine dining on a grand scale. To finish of the night (and reward yourself for making it out of the house), we highly recommend the coconut rice pudding and passionfruit souffle. 

Sardo Menu @ Pilu Freshwater


Pilu at Freshwater has it all; a spectacular view, excellent service and deliciously fresh food. The oven-roasted suckling pig for two is a must, and with the restaurant’s picturesque location, it’s the perfect spot for your next date night. For all our single friends, their sardo menu designed to share is ideal for a fancy night out with your best mates. Whatever the occasion, Pilu and its award-winning wine list is worth getting dressed up for. 

Stressless Sunday Dinner @ Ormeggio At The Spit


Ormeggio at the Spit delivers contemporary Italian food against the backdrop of Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. Not to be outdone by the breathtaking views, the two-hatted restaurant serves up equally exquisite contemporary Italian food using the highest quality produce. If you’re feelin’ a little fancy, but your bank account has other ideas, Ormeggio’s “Stress Less Sunday Dinner” is a fine dining steal at only $79 for five courses. Whether you’re planning to go all out, or opting for some more frugal fine dining, you’re in good company.

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