Is there anything more fabulous than a long lunch? When you’ve got good food, cold drinks, great company and the whole afternoon to knock yourself into a food coma the world is your oyster.
Our friends over at Somersby happen to agree, which is why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you 10 of the best spots to take your mates for a long lunch—with plenty of ciders—in Sydney.
Boasting sweeping views of Bondi Beach, this flamingo pink hotel guarantees good times. The Mediterranean inspired menu is bursting with seafood and more seafood, from freshly shucked oysters to fish filleted every day by hand. So nab your crew a spot on the balcony, cider in one hand and tasty morsel in the other. Just make sure you leave some room for the ice cream sandwich, it’s worth every single calorie.
Set amongst a lush veggie garden with a leafy outlook, Chiswick was made for long lunches. The menu follows the paddock to plate philosophy and is designed for sharing, meaning you can (and should) order one of everything—the Moran family lamb shoulder a must.
Nestled amongst the backstreets of Potts Point, The Butler is where you go when you really want to treat yo’ self. Taking leisurely lunches to a whole new level, frock up in your Sunday best and frolic (aka stuff yourself silly) on the oh-so instagrammable balcony overlooking the city.
North Bondi Fish
No one does beachside chic quite like North Bondi Fish. As if the lust-worthy interiors weren’t enough, the food is tasty AF; the drinks are delicious, and the people are beautiful. Park yourself on the balcony overlooking the beach and eat your weight in tacos (the fancy kind, obvs).
Acre was one of the most talked about new openings of 2016 and for good reason. Housed in what was formerly the Camperdown Bowling Club, this trendy eatery boasts a garden terrace, bar and restaurant—what more could you want for a long lunch? Grab your squad (or impress the oldies) and make your way through the entire menu.
If you’re looking for an intimate setting where you can stay alllllll afternoon (without getting kicked out), book yourself into Saké at Double Bay. Located at the InterContinental Sydney, you can expect quality over quantity with chef Min Kim dishing up some of the finest fish in town. Nab yourself a table at the front and bathe in the streaming sunlight.
The super slick Nomad is never a bad idea. With immaculate service and a menu worth saving up for, lunch can easily turn into dinner (if only they weren’t continually booked out). The shared menu allows you to taste the best of the best, but you should probably order a side of their infamous house made haloumi for yourself. Oh, and save room for dessert.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Sundays and long lunches go together like cider and the sun, so why not head OTB and combine all four at the Manly Wharf Hotel. Order a bucket of prawns and a dozen (or two) oysters to get things started, and then watch the sun go down with a hearty steak and classy cheese board.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
If you haven’t been to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for a long lunch, you’re either not from Sydney or have never long lunched before. With a seafood heavy menu and some of the best views in the Sydney, this trendy beach club is the perfect place to seat yourself for a day of booze, beats and bonding with your besties. Order the sushi and sashimi boat if you’re wanting to share
If you want to get away from the city, head west (wellllll, kinda) to The Boathouse. Sitting pretty on Blackwattle Bay, this gem of a restaurant makes you feel like you’re miles away from the concrete jungle. With over 10 types of oysters, you know you’re in good hands.
Hotel Ravesis | Image credit: Federica Portentoso
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