Food & Drink

From Mouth-Watering To Waterfront | 7 Restaurants You Need To Hit Up This Month

By Jess Willemse
2nd Sep 2019

When it comes to mouth-watering cuisine and fine dining, Sydney serves up the best of the best. But what’s better than dining at award-winning restaurants and the latest foodie joints? Scoring a delicious deal, of course. Enter: Scoopon—the answer to all your foodie needs. Loosen your belts because they offer up to 70 per cent off at some of Sydney’s most exclusive venues and we’ve rounded up our favourite picks for you to devour across the city. We're talking unrivalled water views, 'Gram-worthy decor and decadent dishes. You’re welcome. 

Forty Licks 

CBD

If you haven’t had the chance to try Sydney’s latest Vietnamese cocktail bar Forty Licks, now is your chance. Serving up modern Vietnamese dishes inspired by French cooking techniques, their colourful plates will have you drooling for days. The Forty Licks team is known for their creative cocktails, so we suggest promptly ordering one of their signature sips like the Vietnew Fashioned, a twist on the traditional using Nikka Japanese whiskey, pandan syrup and pecan bitters. 

On the snacks side, you can celebrate everything there is to love about Vietnamese cuisine by tucking into contemporary and experimental dishes, like the succulent Blackmore Wagyu intercostal skewer with chilli salt or the BBQ Bannockburn chicken aged in Vietnamese miso and lime leaf paste to name a few. Top off the meal with a tropical sweet treat of little king banana, coconut milk tapioca and coconut sorbet—you won't regret it. What’s more, vegans and vegetarians are well catered for with tasty alternatives, just flag it with them when you book. Oh, and the best bit? For a limited time only, Forty Licks is offering a seven-course feast paired with cocktails for two to six people. Sounds like a reason to come out of winter hibernation to us.

Cruise Bar 

Circular Quay West 

For ‘Gram-worthy waterfront dining, breath-taking sea views and fresh eats, look no further than Cruise Bar, situated right on the water at Circular Quay. The vibrant venue is decked out in an eclectic combination of rustic wood tones, floral chandeliers and expansive outdoor seating, making it the perfect spot to spend a lazy, sunny Sunday.   

To kick things off, head to the outdoor patio to soak up jaw-dropping views of the Sydney Opera House as you enjoy half-a-dozen oysters to share with a glass of wine, beer or bubbly. Follow this with a satisfying main like crunchy beer-battered fish and chips or the vegan mushroom and quinoa burger with a charcoal bun. It's a sure-fire way to relish the stunning spectacle that is Sydney Harbour. To make the dining experience even sweeter, Cruise Bar is offering an exclusive two-course meal and drinks package for just $69 for two or $135 for four—all that's left to do is decide how many people you’re inviting.

 

Kitchen By Mike

CBD

If you’ve been dying to try out award-winning chef Mike McEnearney’s CBD establishment, Kitchen by Mike, this is the sign to do so. The Bent Street outpost is nothing short of spectacular, boasting a mixture of fine-dining and industrial warehouse vibes. 

To start, tuck into his famous sourdough bread with dreamy, cultured butter and chicken liver pâté with four spiced salt. To be honest, choosing a main is difficult with all the heavenly and hearty selections but we recommend the gooey twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé or the exotic beef skirt steak tataki with edamame. Finally, finish up with a rich and decadent dark chocolate mousse—we promise you’ll be waddling home happy. 

Without a doubt, Mike is all about using fresh, seasonal ingredients packed with flavour, so take your tastebuds on a well-deserved outing. Our tip? Try out his melt-in-your-mouth, shared five-course tasting menu (including Prosecco) this month and enjoy 39 per cent off. 

Alma 

Avalon Beach 

Make your way up the coast for a fiesta feast at Alma. This cosy restaurant is dishing up flavoursome Mexican-inspired eats with a contemporary twist and what's more, you can treat your favourite foodie friends to a three-course meal for just $79 for two people or $155 for four.  

Starters will have you salivating with zesty ceviche and melting smoked cheese quesadillas, but if you’re feeling adventurous we dare you to swallow your entomophobia by tucking into the crunchy, roasted chilli and lime crickets. Chase your entree with a solid choice of mains like the saucy, agave short ribs or the crispy pork belly with salsa, and round out the feast with a deep-fried churros bowl dripping in house-made coconut ice cream—we're salivating just thinking about it. 

Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium 

Darling Harbour 

Japanese izakaya-style dining is all the rage right now, so get around the trend with a next-level shared meal at Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium. Situated in Darling Harbour, the restaurant features an eclectic and vibrant interior with ample outdoor seating to soak up those sunny afternoons. We can confirm, you won't be disappointed with bites like traditional pork and prawn gyoza or crispy karaage chicken fried to perfection. 

Alternatively, try the more experimental eats like cheeseburger gyoza, Nutella gyoza or the Insta-friendly raindrop cake for an unforgettable experience. Pair these with a traditional Japanese sip like freshly brewed Yoyogi craft beer or gobsmackingly good sake. We recommend striking while the iron's hot—grab yourself a voucher of more than 50 per cent off through Scoopon and treat your friends with a trip to Japan, minus the plane ticket. 

Bianco

Brighton-Le-Sands 

Good Italian is one thing, incredible, authentic Italian is another, and Bianco at Brighton-Le-Sands is certainly the latter. Settle in for a night of glistening waterfront views across Botany Bay and drool-worthy Italian fare, starting with crispy, gooey arancini packed with flavoursome saffron rice, provolone and parmesan cheese or lightly battered zucchini flowers stuffed with stringy mozzarella cheese.

Continue the carbs with hand-made goat’s cheese gnocchi filled with tomato reduction and basil pesto or, for a lighter bite, opt for their signature seafood smorgasbord of fish, king prawns, scampi, calamari, mussels and scallops. If you have any room left, dessert dreamers can dive into house-made gelato or traditional, tasty tiramisu. If that's not reason enough to start booking, maybe their indulgent three-course dinner for two with Prosecco for just $79 is? We're so in. 

The Stables Restaurant & Bar

Paddington 

Round up your mates for an evening of noteworthy drinks and succulent share plates at The Stables. Situated in a heritage sandstone building in Paddington, the bar boasts a New York-meets-Aussie vibe with large-scale wooden beams, luxury leather furnishings and tasteful metallic accents. 

You’ll be well catered for with their extensive and experimental drinks list—think tasty sips like saffron and lavender or black pepper and chilli vodka. Don’t forget to try one of everything when it comes to the share plates—we're talking hand-made gnocchi with sage butter, cured barramundi and chargrilled Angus beef. Follow this with an indulgent chocolate fondant paired with refreshing berry ice cream and honeycomb shards. What's even better is you can score more than 50 per cent off through Scoopon this month, so there’s really no reason not to pop in.   

Hungry yet? Get ready to score some succulent foodie deals thanks to our mates at Scoopon. From luxury dining through to the hottest new openings, they're serving up to 70 per cent off at some of the city's best restaurants. Snag your discount here

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Scoopon and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why, read our editorial policy here.

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