1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach, tel. 02 9365 9000, www.idrb.com
The Italian owners of this restaurant prepare contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. The menu features fish and seafood dishes, accompanied by an extensive list of Australian wines. This excellent spot also boasts a lovely view of the picture-perfect scenery of Bondi Beach.
Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Rd., Pyrmont, tel. 02 9518 6677
This excellent seafood restaurant is located at Jones Bay Wharf, in Pyrmont, and offers a beautiful view of Sydney Harbour.
32 Bayswater Rd., Kings Cross, tel. 02 9357 2177
The Bayswater Brasserie is one of the “it” places in Kings Cross. This impressive bistro-style venue has a varied, Australian-accented menu that features meat, fish and delicious desserts. The polished decor under a lovely glass canopy make this a real find considering the price.
Blue Orange Restaurant
49 Hall St., Bondi Beach, tel. 02 9300 9885
This is a relaxed hangout by day, with its tables spilling out into the street. At night, the atmosphere is more sophisticated and romantic. Either way, this Bondi Beach restaurant is always packed. The menu changes constantly, under the careful direction of chef and owner Shane Lurie, but always includes classics such as lemon and herb chicken, leek and feta pie, and seared salmon salad.
330 Pacific Hwy., Crows Nest, tel. 02 9438 3941
This is one of the city’s best Thai restaurants. Bai Yok opened in 1988 and offers a selection of some 60 different Thai dishes. Among the choices are marinated quail, spiced fish, curried shrimp and prawn salad.
30 Bridge St., at Loftus St., tel. 02 9252 8696
This trendy Japanese restaurant is located right in the heart of downtown Sydney. Traditional dishes and a selection of Japanese beers are served in very sparse, Zen surroundings. Wagamama also has locations in other parts of Sydney, most notably on Crown Street and on Lime Street.