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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay (Photo: courtesy of The Boathouse)
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay (Photo: courtesy of The Boathouse)
Find out all about the not-to-miss restaurants in Sydney. Our Insider will guide you to all the top (secret) tables in town.

Morning glory

For pure Italian goodness, grab a seat at Fratelli Paradiso for delicious fare and some of the best coffee around. Away from the eastern suburbs, Deus Café at Deus Ex Machina in Camperdown is a popular spot for an all-day brekkie. Guys will also love the vintage motorbikes on sale in the other half of the building. If you can find a table, Adriano Zumbo's Balmain café is more than just the sweets, and boiled eggs with soldiers is a welcome childhood homage. If there's anything that's guaranteed to get you going again after a big night out it's a yum cha feast. Palace Chinese Restaurant is out of Chinatown, so slightly less hectic than some of the big names.

Cheap as chips

The best way to get value when you eat out is to go ethnic. Don't expect too many flourishes at Sea Bay Chinese Dumpling but the food — especially the spring pancakes — is excellent and filling. If Italian is your flavour of choice, head to Sticky Bar (Level 2, 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills) on a Wednesday night for the $15 roast (with glass of red). The food is incredible, and the bar never fails to impress. Head into the alley and find the back entrance; a phone number and a password stuck to the door is your ticket in.

For terrific Vietnamese in a hole in the wall (literally), try self-professed 'queen of rice paper rolls' Miss Chu (Shop 1/150 Bourke St, Darlinghurst). Peking duck pancakes never tasted so good, and the seared Atlantic salmon vermicelli salad is a steal at $13.

Do you want a view with that?

Matt Moran is a good friend of potty-mouthed Gordon Ramsay and rival in the talent department. His restaurant Aria overlooking Circular Quay is one of the best in the city, serving contemporary cuisine based on the best seasonal produce. Far more low-key is the kitchen at the Opera Bar, on the lower concourse at the Sydney Opera House. You can get a shared tasting plate, pizza or a plate of excellent fish and chips, and watch the ferries coming and going as you eat al fresco. Hidden away in the back streets of Glebe, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay offers a superb little-seen angle on the city from its waterfront home in an historic converted boat shed. There's a reason it's famous for snapper pie, worth every second of the 25 minute wait. Also for special occasions, you can't beat the Icebergs Dining Room & Bar at the south end of Bondi Beach. At night, the combination of exquisite Italian food, soaring opera music and waves crashing below you is as close to culinary heaven as you can come.

Fruits of the sea

Sydney is known for its seafood, and any dining decision should factor this into the equation. The Smokehouse on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills is fabulous value for some of the most delicate fish around. Start with a tasting plate for two to get your bearings, but make sure the crisp skinned salmon belly with eschallots and sweet potato ends up on your table before you leave. The wine list is a worth a visit in its own right. For a Japanese alternative Koi at Darlinghurst is hard to beat, nestled away in a residential enclave. But if service is high on your scorecard in a restaurant experience, food and ambience reaches its zenith at The Sardine Room in Potts Point. Sure, the seafood is great, but hostess Angela makes sure you leave appreciating more than just the zuzuki mulloway.

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By Sydney Insider, Carrie Hutchinson

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User comments
A beautiful cafe tucked away from the derelicts of Kings Cross is Cafe Roma. The Staff are incredible there and the owner gets to know you by name after only a few visits and the food is even better than the service. Traditional Italian food but with all the flavours of Italy that are too often missed in Italian style food. And to top it all off it wont break the budget At 11 Kellet St in Kings Cross you really can't go wrong.
Everytime my husband and I go to Sydney we park on the North side underneath the bridge at Kirribilli and we walk up to Stir Crazy a simple but yummy Thai restaurant where the prices are low for Sydney. We then walk across the bridge, have a coffee at Circular Quay and then walk back. By this time its dusk and the views are fabulous! A great night out combining food and exercise!!
When in Sydney (often) our family always tries to get into GlebePoint Diner on Glebe Point Road. Top tucker, relaxed and cool staff and always a buzz of satisfaction
TEX MEX IN MONA VALE IS THE PLACE TO GO A BIG MENU TO CHOOSE FROM AND THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD I HAVE EVER EATEN. THE SERVICE IS TOP NOTCH AND THE ATMOSPHERE IS ELECTRIC TRY THE TAQUITOS FOR ONTRAY AND RECCOMEND THE NACHOS OR THE RIBS AND WINGS FOR MAIN
Regarding 2 - The Newtown Hotel has been closed for a couple of months now, there's a couple of pubs along King St to choose from but head to the Townie!! My personal preference for food in Newtown is Thai, go for Thai La-Ong - 89 King St Newtown, cheeeeers!

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