We’re incredibly lucky to be living in a city that’s got such a vibrant food and drink culture. I mean, is there anywhere better in the world for a memorable foodie experience than Sydney?
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Citi—those wallet-saviours who are helping us get more out of life, while stressing less about money—to bring you the Sydney venues who are well and truly going for it, delivering us the city’s most cutting edge hotspots for drinking, dining, and getting our dessert on.
So, without further ado, here are our picks of the city’s best chefs, bakeries and cocktail gurus who are really going for it. Prepare to pick your jaw off the floor.
The Chef: Peter Gilmore at Bennelong
Set inside the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong is the middleman between some of Australia’s best produce and the Fragrant Holmbrae chicken that appears on your plate. Peter Gilmore has enlisted his best team, putting them to work in the kitchen to create dishes that cater to both the fine dining and relaxed lunch crowds, with Bruny Island cheese soufflés with truffle and nut crumble and suckling pig sausage rolls with black garlic respectively. The drinks won’t disappoint either, with their bespoke wine list offering a generous selection of wine by the glass and enough cocktails to satisfy, regardless of whether you prefer a sweet or crisp drink. Tip #2: Bennelong is part of the Citibank Dining Program, which means if you have a Citi card, you can enjoy a free bottle of wine with your meal. As if you needed another reason to go.
The Cocktail Guru: Blu Bar on 36's Liquid Physics
Sitting high above Sydney, Blu Bar on 36 is more accurately described as a floating bar boasting their own unique style of cocktail called Liquid Physics, which is one for drinks connoisseurs and anyone who knows a good thing when they see (or sip) it. To call this place inventive seems like a vast understatement, since they use ingredients like tonka bean and rhubarb bitters in their concoctions. Don’t be intimidated though, because the mixologists are on hand to point you in the right direction and if in doubt, a vanilla espresso martini is always a good idea.
The Bakery: Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie
Bread geeks, Michelin-trained chefs and all-round baking wizards, John Ralley and Steven Anderson have developed some pretty mad skills in the kitchen throughout their careers and all of that goodness has been channelled into their offerings at Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie. Their goods are textbook perfect (see what we did there?), from the artisan sourdough to the expertly crafted desserts. They serve heavenly things like truffle croissants, cherry ripe pain au chocolat, and chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut petit gateau that make us want to cry with happiness. The locals hit Textbook up every week so expect lines, but really, isn’t that the mark of a great bakery anyway?
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Image credit: Blu Bar on 36 by Nikki To for The Urban List, Bennelong supplied