When you stay in Sydney’s five star hotels the hotel restaurant will be more than acceptable. The Treasury at the Intercontinental and the Galileo at the Observatory are safe bets. But if you’ve come to Sydney to have the full five star experience there are a number of places to eat that you might not otherwise know. Here are a few of them.
Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple
The Master Chef behind Rockpool is Neil Perry, the pony tailored master chef behind Qantas’ inflight meals. Neil has three restaurants in Sydney offering different experiences. In Sydney’s Rocks area at 107 George Street is Rockpool. If this was in Europe it would have Michelin Stars. Rockpool offers the complete experience in a simple series of historic rooms in one of the Rocks’ old buildings. The wine list is more than you’d expect and you’ll find local and imported wine of the best quality.
Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill is in the CBD and offers a lesser but none the less satisfying lunch and dinner experience. A favourite of the suits and ties it’s open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday. 66 Hunter Street. Just tell your cabbie the address.
Spice Temple is the pony tailed one’s take on modern Chinese cuisine. It has a spicy menu with the hottest choices in red type. It’s had terrific reviews and will not disappoint. In the quaint Bligh Street that houses very private business establishments and some brasher ones, this is great place for lunch or dinner. 10 Bligh Street Sydney. Rockpool’s website with information on all three restaurants is www.rockpool.com.
Matt Moran’s Aria is now Sydney establishment. He comes and goes with the critics, wins and loses chef’s hats but continues to delight his loyal clientele. Also known for his regular appearances on Master Chef Matt is a no nonsense chef who seems to get the best out of his staff. Inventive and consistent. Aria will please. So will the location, on East Circular Quay looking straight out onto the Harbour at 1 Macquarie Street. Bookings at www.ariarestaurant.com. He’s also in Brisbane if you’re going there.
Boathouse, Blackwattle Bay, Glebe
You’ll have to take a short cab ride but it’s worth it. The boatshed was established by Tony Pappas and Robert Smallbone in 1997 and it is just that, a renovated simple space on the water at Glebe, 10 minutes from the CBD. It’s worth the trip. You’ll be stunned by varieties of oysters and Australian cuisine of the very best. Everyone goes there – if they can get in. Give it a try. www.boathouse.net.au.
These three restaurants are five star in every sense with main courses an average $A60