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Sydney's Best Restaurants - A Whirlwind Tour

Jul 27, 2008
Sydney has a lot to offer when it comes to cafes, restaurants and pubs. The rich diversity of the city's population is reflected in its eating establishments - you'll feel like you have an entire atlas to choose from! Whether you're in favor of local Australian food or something a bit more exotic from the corners of the world, you'll find it in Sydney.

Want to try traditional Australian food? Consider a trip to Harry's Cafe de Wheels - they're rumored to have the best meat pies in town. If you'd like to try bush-tucker - Aboriginal food featuring kangaroo and other unusual ingredients - you'll find it at a number of select restaurants. While it's only been legal to serve kangaroo since 1993, its popularity has grown with tourists who want to give it a try.

As Sydney is located on the harbor, many restaurants consider seafood a staple, and some even serve it exclusively. Some of the best restaurants in town, like Five Dock Seafoods Cafe and Fishface offer almost entirely seafood. You'll know your fish is fresh, too. The nearby Sydney Fish Market offers octopus, calamari, prawns, snapper, mussels and more to restaurants.

The king of seafood in Sydney is still the popular Doyles Hotel. It's the oldest seafood restaurant in the city, and one of the best. Located on the beachside, it also provides a wonderful view of Watsons Bay.

For Italian fare, consider Mezzaluna and Gelbison, or look for some of Sydney's best pasta in Little Italy, at Norton Street in the Leichhardt inner city. There's a strong influence of Italy on the fashionable cafes, too. You'll see it in the great places on Potts Point, Darlinghurst and Bondi Beach.

Some of the town's trendiest spots also serve great coffee. For a good cup, check Bar Coluzzi, La Buvette, Bills, or Tropicana.

European influence can be spotted elsewhere, too. French restaurants include Sel et Poivre and Bistro Moncur. The Greek Mykonos and Spanish Capitan Torres are a hit with locals and visitors, and you'll find the best in Eastern European food at Corner 75.

For Asian food, whether it's cuisine from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Singapore or Iran, there'll be many options. Some of the best rated include Chinta Ria, Blue Elephant, Malaya and Lebanon and Beyond.

For those who love sashimi, sushi, teriyaki and tempura, or just a bowl of noodles, local Japanese restaurants are available to please. Raw Bar, Dragonfly, Sushi Suma and Shimbashi all offer great options.

For restaurant hoppers, here's a quick guide to the regions. In the Western suburbs, several Turkish and Cambodian restaurants are an option. Southern suburbs play host to Lebanese and Greek food, and northern ones offer Japanese, African, and Indian fare. For Indonesian or European restaurants, head east.

For those who love a good view as much as good food, the Boathouse, Catalina, and the Summit won't fail to please. Vegetarian diners will be happy with Harvest or Govinda's, and trend chasers will enjoy culinary enclaves like Hugo's and Bayswater Brasserie Restaurant.
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