The Top 5 Restaurants for Festive Eating, with Tips From Adam Liaw

By Anna May
27th Nov 2015

The festive season is here! Welcome to months of delicious eating, drinking, and general merriment. Are you as excited as we are about the time of year when all diet woes go out the window and gorging becomes a professional sport? Of course you are.

To celebrate the silliest of seasons, we’ve teamed up with with Adam Liaw and online restaurant reservations website Dimmi to bring you the top five spots for dining this festive season. And they’re Sydney restaurants you can actually book, because life is too short to spend your Christmas time squatting in a corner waiting for your name to be called.

As if that wasn’t enough of a draw card, just by booking one of Dimmi’s restaurants, you can go in the draw to win the ultimate office Christmas party catered by Adam Liaw. 

“Christmas is a great time to treat yourself”. Couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Adam. And with your blessing, let’s get treating. 

#1 Adam’s Pick: Otto Ristorante

Does waterside dining get better than this? Not entirely sure, but it’s certainly a contender for one of the best restaurants in Sydney. Obviously a fan of the carbs (and a man after our hearts), Adam tells us, “if you’re looking to indulge, there’s nothing more decadent than Otto’s Spaghetti all’aragosta (with 650g of Tasmanian lobster) eaten out on the deck on a bright summer day”. Well, you heard the man!

Book your table at Otto here. 

#2 Adam’s Pick: Firedoor

Known as one of the best new Sydney restaurants of 2015, Firedoor keeps it interesting with an ever-changing menu and dishes that are literally powered by fire (in the form of their coal oven), and supported by incredibly fresh ingredients: meat cut to order and fish straight from the tank. As Adam told us, “If beef is more your speed, then the 170+ day dry aged rib at Firedoor is a game-changer for carnivores”. How did he know beef was our speed? Smart man. 

Book your table at Firedoor here. FYI not bookable via Dimmi.

#3 Our Pick: Bishop Sessa

Another jaw-droppingly awesome Sydney restaurant, Bishop Sessa has it all: food, booze, and all-around good times. The degustation menu is a very festive $77 per head ($129 with matched wines) and includes plenty of dishes to write home about. Think oyster crème caramel, confit duck tortellini, and the aptly named chocolate nemesis with slow roasted banana. If you’re more of an a la carte type person, the extended menu is just as epic. There’s also an entire page dedicated to cheese. So, y’know… 

Book your table at Bishop Sessa here.

#4 Our Pick: Vine Double Bay

Here’s some bang for your buck: how does $105 per person for an 11-course meal including wine sound? Good? Thought so. Vine Double Bay offers just that in the form of a $65 per person set menu, and $40 per head drinks package so you can get sufficiently merry with your nearest and dearest. Hint: the dessert platter looks like a rainbow playground of joy, so be sure to get ‘gramming. 

Book your table at Vine here.

#5 Our Pick: Rockpool Est. 1989

Remember what we said about Christmas being the time to splurge? This is a prime example of just that. Get in early to book your spot at this iconic Sydney restaurant and be prepared to be blown away by its delicious simplicity. Go for Rockpool tasting menu and try to keep your socks from being knocked off by the smoked, steamed, and fried chicken with potato puree and emerald rice. Year = made.  

Book your table at Rockpool here.

Still not sure how you’re going to host your festivities? Well, don’t sweat – because this Christmas Dimmi are giving you the chance to win the best work Christmas party ever, fully catered by Adam Liaw himself. To entergo in the draw to win the ultimate office Christmas party, simply book a restaurant on or via the iPhone app between Friday 20th November and Wednesday 9th December, enter the promo code ADAM when booking, and you will go into the draw to win!

Editor's Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Dimmi and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Otto, Vine, Rockpool.

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