Glass Brasserie, Sydney
488 George Street
Tel: 61 2 9265 6068
Concierge.com's insider take:
Chef Luke Mangan's mod-Oz menu has a French spin; among the standout dishes are fig tart with red onion jam, steak tartare, and the whole fish of the day (if you're lucky, it'll be barramundi) in a broth of mussels, tomato, and chervil. He set up shop in this glass-walled spot (it also has glass-enclosed wine cellars) in 2005, and it's been packed with fans ever since. The best tables overlook the ornate Queen Victoria Building across the street through 42-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.
Open Mondays through Fridays 6 to 10 am, noon to 3 pm, dinner from 6 pm; Saturdays and Sundays 7 to 11 am, dinner from 6 pm.