Sydney is a food lovers paradise and you will be able to find just about anything you can imagine in terms of cuisine here. With 40% of its population born overseas, Sydney is a multicultural society. As a consequence you can find cuisines from all over the world. Sydney’s melting pot of cultures is definitely reflected in its diverse range of restaurants. In addition, Sydney is blessed with good fresh produce all year round, so restaurant fare is generally of a high standard.
Because of Sydney’s location, finding waterfront dining with beautiful views is not hard and is highly recommended for casual as well as fine dining restaurants. Iceburgs is a fine dining club restaurant perched on the cliffs of South Bondi Beach with a breath-taking view and a menu to match. In the heart of the city is the Opera Bar. It is located on the Harbour next to the Opera House and is a fun, casual and often boisterous social venue to eat, drink and listen to music.
Tetsuya’s continues to rank in global top ten lists year after year and is the place to go to experience fine dining in Sydney. Billy Kwongs is a small but influential restaurant that serves Australian Chinese cuisine using fresh, mostly organic and fair trade produce and wines.
Many restaurants close between lunch and dinner. They tend to take lunch orders from 12 noon to 3pm and for dinner starting from 5pm to 11pm. Last orders at night are usually taken an hour before closing.
Some restaurants take reservations and some don’t. And not all restaurants are licensed to sell alcohol. If that is the case, you may have to wander down to your nearest bottle shop and purchase your own wine to drink there. This is called BYO and is a common activity at mid range restaurants. You will usually be charged corkage for the privilege, which will either be a couple of dollars per person or bottle.
The majority of people will leave a tip at restaurants although it’s not expected.