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Sydney restaurants

Sydney has nearly every cuisine under the sun. (Craving Afghan? No problem!) For many years, this has been the best place to eat Thai food outside of Bangkok. With Vietnamese cuisine now hot on its heels, the Thai trend has been waning at budget places, but it's still hot among the more soigné trailblazers, like Longrain. Still, the prevailing cooking style, particularly in high-end places, is "Mod Oz," a fusion of Asian and Californian culinary sensibilities. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients; bold flavors; and simple arrangements. Not surprisingly, seafood stars on the plates of most of the city's top tables; you won't eat fresher or more succulent oysters, barramundi, or prawns in this hemisphere. However, be forewarned: Sydney isn't a particularly late-night town, and few formal restaurants stay open past 10 pm. Also, be sure to reserve tables a week or so in advance (longer for cult spots such as Tetsuya's).

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Aria, Sydney

Aria gives newcomers a crash course in Aussie pop culture. Views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge? Check. Native A-listers like Nicole Kidman?...more

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Bambini Trust Restaurant & Café, Sydney

Despite the cute Italian name and historic building, the interior of this place is pure Paris. Dark wood paneling, black-and-white photographs, mirrors scrawled...more

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Bathers' Pavilion, Sydney

A quick ferry ride to Middle Harbour will bring you to one of Sydney's classic eateries. Set in a restored 1920s Spanish Mission-style building on Balmoral...more

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Bills, Sydney

Breakfast at Bills is a near-religious morning experience for Sydneysiders. This location (the original is in Darlinghurst) has a cluster of tables in a sunny...more

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Billy Kwong, Sydney

Chef Kylie Kwong introduced the masses—or more accurately, the few lucky enough to nab a table in her tiny restaurant—to Cantonese home cooking, and...more

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Bistro Moncur, Sydney

Ask any stylish Sydneysider for their favorite neighborhood bistro, and chances are at least a few of them will grudgingly give up this name. Bistro Moncur is...more

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Café Sopra, Sydney

One could be forgiven for failing to consider the once-gritty industrial neighborhood of Waterloo as a likely location for one of the best new cafés in...more

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est., Sydney

The chichi elegance of the restaurant inside the Establishment Hotel, with its columns and pressed-iron ceiling, polished timber floors, and crisp linens, is...more

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Glass Brasserie, Sydney

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...more

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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Sydney

Set on a bluff above Bondi Beach, this is a spectacular place to watch the waves (and the skimpily clad locals surfing them). Restaurateur Maurice Terzini...more

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