Is there anything better than a laid-back afternoon with your mates, harbour views, coupled with wine and a few shared plates? Didn’t think so.
It goes without saying that, at The Urban List, we love a good lunch by the water. In fact, we pride ourselves as an office full of lunch connoisseurs (we take that term very seriously). So, we figured it was only our duty to discover the best harbourside lunch spots in Sydney, teaming up with our mates at Barangaroo to bring you this list.
Barangaroo is known for its Instagrammable views, fresh food, colourful events and spirit. A refreshing twist is Barangaroo’s focus on sustainable and indigenous ingredients. Plus it’s harbourside walks, parks and picnic spots.
Barangaroo is one of our fave spots for a girls lunch, and not just because of the chic cafes, restaurants, stores and wine bars – it’s a nod to a powerful Cammeraygal woman who lived at the time of Sydney’s European colonisation, Barangaroo, from who Barangaroo the place takes its name.
So whether you’re visiting Sydney for a weekend or a local looking for something to make your day a little better, copy and paste this list into your notes and thank us later.
With a menu that focuses on sustainability, Lotus Dining fuses modern Asian cuisine (spoiler: they’ve got the best damn Xiao Long Bao in the city) with native indigenous produce, paying homage to the rich aboriginal heritage of Barangaroo.
While famous for their dumplings, the star of the menu is the Garfish: served deep-fried and whole, with sweet and sticky red soy sauce, topped with Australian cassia bark. Other highlights include the Singapore chilli soft shell crab, BBQ duck with mandarin pancakes and sweet miso, wok fried Moreton Bay bugs with black pepper butter and king prawns with XO sauce and lime.
Don’t let the 360 degrees of epic views intimidate you, this spot boasts equal parts friendliness and heart – with a menu created from seasonal produce, local growers and sustainably-caught seafood. Locals rave about Cirrus’ Moreton Bay bug dish in particular, which is a bug-lover’s dream served over grilled leek and topped with roast chicken sauce.
Between its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, two Hats and wine list curated by Australia’s most awarded Sommelier, your lunch needs are covered in this stunning waterside eatery.
A touch of French summer in the city (the name literally translates to ‘summer’), Barangaroo’s Été Restaurant is our go-to for a harbourside lunch in Sydney. The 125-seat venue, which boasts former Vine executive chef, Drew Bolton, at the helm, features all the welcoming trimmings – chic suede couches, John Zabawa art drenched walls, and a 1920’s style bar.
Highlights from the menu include the Croque Monsieur with double smoked ham, gruyere and truffle, the smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche and radish, the twice baked soufflé and the beef tartare with smoked eel cream. If you still have room for dessert (of course you do), do your Insta game a favour and order the chocolate fondant and hazelnut crème brûlé.
Known as the little sister of Love.Fish Rozelle, this Barangaroo hot spot has the same reputation as their famous sibling, known as ‘the fish bar with a green heart’ – serving Australia’s best and freshest locally-sourced seafood at this waterfront location, all in a casual, affordable setting. The ambience is warm, the set-up is adorable, and the staff? A dream.
As for the menu, highlights include the peel ‘n’ eat king prawns (drooool), the Fraser Island spanner crab spaghettini and what may just be Sydney’s best seafood platter; with Moreton Bay bugs, a dozen freshly shucked oysters, the peel ‘n’ eat king prawns, snapper ceviche, ocean trout tartare, sea urchin taramasalata and a whole bunch of sides. Serves two, but no judgment if you want it all for yourself. Just pack your stretchy pants.
The menu at Banksii is built from native Australian produce, and this Barangaroo hot spot (from the masterminds behind Surry Hills’ Bar H) serves over forty varieties of Vermouth.
The shared menu is perfect for couples and groups alike, featuring the cold cuts plate of your dreams (prosciutto, fennel salumi and mortadella), grilled prawns with curry leaf butter, roast fennel risotto and sticky beef short rib. But, if we’re being honest, the real hero is the freshly baked bread and cultured butter.
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