Level 26, 1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Clare Smyth is the first and only female chef to hold three Michelin stars in the UK. Clare has opened her first international restaurant Oncore by Clare Smyth at Crown Sydney. Her London restaurant, Core, was the first to ever enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in its opening year.
The menu at Oncore features a selection of Core’s classic dishes, including the unexpected yet celebrated centrepiece of Smyth’s London restaurant, ‘Potato and Roe’. This signature dish, which pays homage to Smyth’s farming childhood in Northern Ireland, gained recognition due to her desire of combining sophisticated cooking with the simplicity of style. Along with dishes with a uniquely Sydney flavour, drawing inspiration from the harbour and its surrounds.
3 course A La Carte Menu $240 per person
7 course Tasting Menu $330 per person
Oncore has a semi private dining room at the end of the restaurant seating 8 guests.
66 Chandos Street, St Leonards
Josh and Julie Niland’s fifth and latest venture might just be their most ambitious offering to date. Australia’s finest seafood, of course, is the star, treated with unrivalled ingenuity and care. Preserved Jervis Bay mussels outshine what you’d find in the priciest of Spanish tins, steeped in a subtly smoky achiote vinaigrette; symmetrically sliced raw bonito could hold its own at any high-end omakase counter, dressed with soy sauce made from its own bones. Longtime Niland fans will rejoice in the revival of the cracking sea-urchin crumpets and brilliant lemon tart from Saint Peter’s early days, while clever large-format mains including a chateaubriand-style yellowfin tuna steak will no doubt attract new devotees. The drinks list is thoughtful, the service assured and the perfectly formed saltbush empanadas proof that the flair extends well beyond fish. You’ll leave wondering whether there’s anything this enterprising young couple can’t do.
7/7-27 Circular Quay W, The Rocks
Sitting nestled within the heritage listed warehouses of Campbell’s Cove is newly opened Ploo’s. Showcasing Mediterranean living, Chef Peter Conistis showcases a culinary experience rich in flavour, culture and ‘Aegean feel’. Taking inspiration from surrounding Cyprus, Crete and Middle Eastern cuisines, Ploos embraces the essence of the local South Aegean islands. Rich in artisanal cheeses, cured meats, single origin Cretan olive oils and natural spices.
The ultimate private dining rooms with panoramic views of the Harbour: Level One private dining room One with views Opera House views from your table. With a capacity of 70 seated and 120 cocktails style on long styled tables.
Poetica Bar & Grill
1 Denison Street, North Sydney
Smoky embers, hot flames and dry-ageing are at the forefront of Poetica, a new 120-seat bar and grill from the team behind Loulou Bistro. Head chef Connor Hartley-Simpson brings experience from working at a three-Michelin-star restaurant in San Francisco. The mains are divided into three sections: charcoal, wood and dry-aged, to represent the array of cooking techniques. Sydney rock oysters served with njuda, guindilla and sizzling beef fat; sugar loaf cabbage is wood-fired and comes with with smoky butter and fried garlic; and whole rainbow trout is butterflied and grilled over wood, then served with with fresh dill, lemon, shallots and brown butter. A dry-ageing cabinet will house T-bones and tomahawks; and there’s also dry-aged flash-grilled swordfish; and slow-cooked pork jowl in black garlic and honey glaze. Wine-wise a hearty Australian list will focus on icons through to up-and-comers. An adjoining bar and terrace will look after North Sydney’s after-work set with craft beers and bar snacks.
The restaurant with adjourning bar and outdoor terrace can be booked exclusively for 300 guests for a standing reception or 120 guests for a private lunch or dinner. The bar can be booked for 40 guests for a seated event or 60 guests for a reception.
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
Quay is one of the country’s most celebrated restaurants and recognised in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Quay is the creation of the Fink Group and Executive Chef, Peter Gilmore, it is an immersive dining experience overlooking Sydney Harbour.
The Private Dining Room overlooks the Sydney Opera House featuring an elliptical spotted gum dining table, and walls adorned by overlapping fabric veils referencing the colours of Australian gum leaves on the forest floor and seating up to ten (10) guests.
Quay’s Upper Tower offers the most spectacular view of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks through floor to ceiling glass windows. Arguably Sydney’s most spectacular dining room, the Upper Tower seats up to seventeen (17) guests.
The Green Room is Quay’s largest private dining space seating up to fifty four (54) guests for lunch or dinner.
1A Kellett Street, Potts Point
Former Firedoor talent Ahana Dutt is heading up the kitchen at newcomer Raja in Potts Point. It comes from the team behind the neighbouring Ezra, and you can expect a colourful and convivial take on Indian cuisine, specifically Maharashtrian cuisine. Drawing upon Ahana’s time living and working in Mumbai, the menu takes Australian menu staples and adds Indian condiments, spice mixes and flair. To pair with the menu, Raja has curated a drinks menu featuring some of Australia’s rising producers and award-winning international wines. Romantic-yet-playful interiors have called upon the extravagance of Bollywood as a reference point with a great cocktail list.
Shell House – Menzies Bar & Bistro
37 Margaret Street, Sydney
The Menzies Hotel has had a glow-up and this Euro-inspired ground floor bistro by ex-Aria head chef was the first phase of the new multi-level dining destination, Shell House to open in late 2021. Paying homage to the legendary Menzies Hotel, the Menzies Bar where history, hospitality and good times are woven together to deliver this European style bar and bistro.
Culinary Director, Joel Bickford and his team have designed a bistro-style menu, inspired by the grand European bistros. Exclusively book the Menzies for up to 100 guests for a seated event or up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception.
Shell House Dining Room & Terrace
Enter via Wynard Lane, 37 Margaret Street, Sydney
The Dining Room with panoramic views of the city is classic in theory, yet modern, elegant, grand and approachable at the same time. The menu by Culinary Director Joel Bickford and Head Chef Aaron Ware, focuses on carefully sourced produce, presenting simple, refined dishes that are infused with Australian provenance and the Mediterranean way of life.
The Clocktower Bar is an immersive cocktail bar lined with timber joinery to capture the heritage and grandeur of the 1930’s Art Deco period, and its Italianate architecture. This indulgent bar is truly a unique destination within Shell House.
Enjoy the elegance of the Dining Room with the use of the semi-private space seating up to 24 guests or book the Dining Room exclusively for up to 94 guests for a seated event or up to 120 guests for standing cocktails and canapes
75 Lower Parriwi Rd, Mosman
Set on a private beach of Mosman’s The Spit overlooking crystal clear turquoise waters and luxury yachts, St Siandra will have you feeling like you have escaped to the Amalfi Coast. Enter via the sun-soaked wharf entrance and take a seat on the woven loveseats that were sourced from Italy, continuing the Euro-summer vibes, the menu features fresh seafood, vibrant seasonal produce and classic Mediterranean flavours with a sprinkling of Middle Eastern spices. This new Sydney favourite is serving brunch most days with dishes like stracciatella toast with caramelised onion, pistachio and chilli oil, and fried chicken and waffles with sage dukkah and date caramel syrup. Sail your way through cocktails, each with nautical themes or named after local luxury yachts or a bottle of bubbly. Dessert runs to the likes of spiced persimmon pavlova, Sicilian citrus tart with toasted meringue and strawberry; and the classic ricotta fritters with cinnamon sugar and banana caramel.
The restaurant has two distinctly different event spaces, Bluebird Room & Deck seating up to 50 guests for an a la carte dining or 70 guests for a standing reception. Reserve a section of the restaurant for a semi private dining experience for up to 100 guests or book St Siandra exclusively for up to 170 guests.
11 Hickson Road, Sydney
Pier One’s awarded The Gantry restaurant is framed with the backdrop of Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay. Celebrating a quintessential Australian dining experience, the locally sourced menu is complemented by hand-picked Australian wines.
Exclusive booking of the Harbourside Dining room with access onto the Pier for an event for up to 52 guests. The Gantry private dining room with floor to ceiling glass doors and windows offering generous natural light, seating up to 12 guests for lunch or dinner with modern Australian cuisine from One Hat restaurant, The Gantry. The Terrace with incredible water views seats up to 28 guests.
Basement/161 King Street, Sydney
Enjoy this opulent steak house, serving classic steakhouse fare matched by an extensive wine list. The Norfolk room is an intimate private dining room tucked away at the back of Gidley seating up to 20 guests. Featuring a personalized stocked bar and generous set menu for lunch or dinner.
Enter via Wynyard Lane, 285 George Street, Sydney
Step into The Sanderson with plush booth dining, rich blue walls and globe lights overheard to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience with a menu of luxe steak and seafood.
The private dining room – ‘The Table’ space is designed to seat up to 14 guests. Dining in The Atrium semi-private dining space with seating for up to 40 – 45 guests for book the venue exclusively for up to 100 guests.
92 Hargrave Street, Paddington
When it comes to people with pedigree, no one can touch Phil Wood. The former Rockpool and Tetsuya’s chef left NSW to spearhead Pt. Leo Estate in Victoria, but returned home to open his first restaurant. Phil Wood’s pedigree may be high end, but Ursula’s is very much a neighbourhood terrace restaurant and dining experience. The menu is modern bistro fare with a focus on fresh, local produce.
The private dining room, The Blue Room accommodates 8 – 12 guests.
Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Woodcut features four private dining rooms with considered spaces both indoor and a waterview terrace. Silver Ash – featuring a sculptural installation, harbour views, wood and steel walls make a perfect venue for a business lunch or elegant celebration for up to 14 guests.
The Chefs table seats up to 10 guests.
Ironbark – featuring sculptural ceilings, bathed in natural light and opening up on to a garden terrace. Book for up to 8 guests with a curated menu from one of the four open kitchens.
Yellow Box – intimate space nestled between the open kitchens, a luxurious room that is the perfect location for up to 23 guests with a woven hemp art installation.