Bond, James Bond. He's travelled from Britain to the Bahamas, India to Istanbul even Iceland. And, any avid 007 fan would know the globetrotting spy hasn't had secret duties in Sydney, yet. So, if the agent was to come Down Under here's where we think you'll find him.
The style and sexiness, glitz and glamour of Bond can be found at Sydney's QT Hotel. Behind an art-deco façade that used to be Gowings department store a local landmark is a kaleidoscope of classic and contemporary design showcasing the building's rich past that fuses original features with cutting-edge designer furniture and found objects. The history of the Gowings building is not just celebrated, but brought back to life in this 200-room hotel.
Great food and hip decor make Gowings Bar and Grill a novel place to eat. With a hefty yellowfin tuna exhibited behind the open-kitchen, a fish dish is on the cards to sample. We go for the tartare of yellowfin tuna ($18). Fine slices of tuna are dressed with fresh horseradish, preserved lemon and capped with a long sesame grissini. Items from the wood fired oven have us wooed; there's whole flounder with lemon caper sauce ($39) and the hand dived wild scallops served with sea-urchin, lemon and mint butter (market price). Then, after dinner do as Bond would move upstairs to Gilt Lounge for a cocktail. The 'Applewood bacon old fashioned' grabs our attention. Made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, the signature cocktail is infused with bacon, peppercorn with a dash of bitters topped with a chocolate covered bacon and flamed orange ($19).
Like a breath of fresh sea air, The Sailor's Club has swept through the Eastern Suburbs eating scene. Not only is there a great fit-out of bright decor and sun-lounges on Rose Bay’s sunny sea edge, the menu features a modern twist on comforting favourites like fish and chips, burgers and Osso Bucco. Make a Bond-style entrance by arriving in a luxurious classic Italian wooden speedboat and when it's time to leave get whisked away in a chauffeur-driven Jaguar a gentleman's wager on wheels. If you prefer something more sporty hire an Aston Martin for the day; passenger-side ejector seat, guns and revolving number plates not included.
To feel like a secret agent explore Walsh Bay, even Sydney-siders forget about this nook of the city. As you enter the precinct you're confronted with a wrecked car that's that been crushed by a rock (an artwork by Jimmie Durham). The area has become a cultural hub cultivating sculpture art and theatre among a growing food scene in an environment that, again, successfully marries historic architecture and with contemporary design and boasts views across Sydney Harbour.
If you've been mesmerised by some of Bond's pursuits in exotic locations wander from Walsh Bay to Chinatown through the bustle of Darling Harbour and onto Pyrmont Bay. Luckily, you won't have to battle nemesis forces or dodge assassins to do so. Before the area became trendy, Pyrmont was once a thriving industrial area that deteriorated to slums when industry moved on. Nowadays it's home to The Star casino and media enterprises including Fairfax, Google and network studios. For gadget gurus a trip to the Powerhouse Museum is sure to excite. The museum celebrates innovation, science, technology and the environment we live in showcasing bright ideas and hands-on interactive displays.
For a gripping experience in the heart of city head up Sydney Tower. At 309 metres it's the highest point in the state and boasts 360-degree views of the city. If you have the courage, march onto the Skywalk plank. If hanging over the tower's edge isn't your thing you can take in the city views from an observation deck inside the building. For a meal high above the fray make your way to O Bar and Dining, previously Summit Restaurant at Australia Square, Sydney's first major office tower. The establishment is perched 47 floors above the city and prides itself on healthy, gourmet modern Australian dining. It's a rotating restaurant without the hordes of tourists and has views that are as outstanding as the fare.
For the ultimate Bond treatment make sure you:
- Ditch scruffy facial hair and opt for a 'Mr. Bond' throat-cut shave at SpaQ's Barber Shop.
- Suit up! Find a classic, timeless, slim-cut suit at David Jones, Market Street Sydney.
- Complete the suit with a memorable timepiece. Omega Boutique is located at the MLC Centre between King Street and Martin Place.
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