Brace yourselves Sydney, the transformation of the CBD has begun, with at least 25 new eateries opening in the space of just a few weeks, meaning now might be the time to invest in some stretchy pants.
This September, Sydneysiders have got some celebrating to do thanks to Gateway, the landmark dining precinct redevelopment your bellies have been waiting for, all conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
To most, Circular Quay is known only as a transit hub for those Northern Beaches folk. Well, gone are the days of passers through, Sydney’s harbourside precinct is becoming a foodie’s go-to destination, finally offering the top-end CBD locals, tourists and even residents of the north something to get excited about.
Gateway is part of $80 million major redevelopment which is (finally) transforming the Circular Quay precinct into a bustling dining destination, with the likes of some of Sydney’s most renowned eateries opening up shop across the first two levels. Of course that means Gelato Messina is gracing the Quay with their presence, along with Neil Perry’s second Burger Project, giving diners of the Quay a decent excuse for labelling any day of the week cheat day. The World Barista Champs from Espresso Room, a Sydney first for the Canberra born brewing legends, is offering patrons their much needed (and damn good) caffeine hits, plus Hero Sushi’s 50-meter sushi train is ready to woo those who are after a more casual dining experience (there'll even be $3.60 sushi plates on weekdays).
The ground floor will play host to an exciting mix of Asian and Middle Eastern fare and patrons will be able to experience first-hand the preparation that goes into their mouth-watering dishes. You’ll find The Gozleme Co. prepping our favourite pittas full of fresh ingredients, exotic Egyptian street food up for grabs from Bekya, along with the rest of the openings, 7 days a week from early until late so you can say goodbye to weeknight cooking. Can we get an amen? Plus, dessert is totally covered thanks to Zumbo—yes, that means all the Zumbarons you can handle.
But it doesn’t stop there. Fitspo foodies will be happy to know Urban Orchard will be on hand to dish out wholefood goodness, and there’s even a place for dudes to get their lids did thanks to the snippy folks at JPQ’s Barber’s Inc.
Now, don’t let the multitude of cuisines deter you. This is no shopping centre food court. The venue, located on Alfred Street in the Quay, is what Sydney’s foodies have been pining for. The backdrop is set, now all we have to do is line up the props and our beloved city will finally be able to add ‘awesome harbourside dining’ to its list of famous attributes.
And the best thing yet? This is only the beginning, with another level of dining options to be revealed soon—watch this space!
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