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Best Restaurants in Sydney

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by Alia Tarsoo (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Mauritius, I love writing about exciting places to visit and taking photos of scenic views.
Published April 27th 2011
French cuisine has always been associated with fine dining within luxurious settings, French wine and excellent services. In Sydney, this is of no exception.

One of the most reputed French restaurants, Apres is situated on Orwell Street in the centre of Potts Point. Apres is the place to indulge into classic French dining without moderation.

The greatest winners on the menu are the duck confits and bouillabaisse which feature regularly on the menu carte. Among the numerous menu options available figure a wide range of canapés and fromages. A selection of local and French wine is also available to complement the delicious food and can be recommended by sommeliers.

Its degustation menu is an 8 courses meal at $85 and is the best option for those who can't figure out the menu carte. As for the connoisseurs, they can select from a wide range of menus.

The tables are arranged into intimate booth settings and are ideal for romantic dinners. Apres also caters for large extravagant gatherings but bookings must be made well in advance.

Perfectly positioned within the heart of inner-city Surry Hills, the best Thai restaurant, Longrain, is a popular destination for lunch and dinner among residents and visitors, who wish to have a combined taste of the modern Thai/Asian cuisine.

With an interior which boasts modern designs, perfectly blended within its ancient decor, Longrain restaurant is popular for its welcoming atmosphere and attentive service. With large tables across the dining room, peoples are seated side by side so as to enjoy the food in great company but the venue is not ideal for candlelit romantic dinners.

Freshest local ingredients are carefully selected to prepare the mouth watering spicy dishes which, when perfectly combined with the right wine, can give you a gateway to Asia, without leaving your table. However, you will be expected to pay high rates for the high quality food.

As no reservations are needed for you to enjoy the nicest Thai food in Sydney, you can hop in whenever you want to have the feast of your life. However, you will have to wait from 1.5-2 hrs before getting your food served but you can always enjoy a cocktail as avant gout.

Located on the Harbour edge, another great restaurant is Aria, which offers stunning views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Home of the finest contemporary Australian cuisine in Sydney, Aria is famous for its dessert Valrhona chocolate which is a combination of sweet raspberries and tempered chocolate. Its dishes are artistically presented with complex layers of flavours for your taste buds delight. Its extremely good services include much appreciated advice for the best wine to complement the dishes upon request.

With an interior filled with warmth and elegance, it is perfect for intimate gatherings and romantic dinners. The dimmed lights create an inviting atmosphere, contrasting strikingly with the busy environment of the neighbouring CBD.

Having its client's dietary requirements in mind, Aria also caters for vegans and vegetarians and a seasonal vegetarian tasting menu is even offered upon request.

Depending upon your appetite and the size of your wallet, you also have the choice to design your menu among 1, 2 or 3 courses meal. However, the heavenly food is extremely expensive but is really worth it.

Sited in the Harbour side Centre in Darling Harbour, Zaaffran BBQ & Fine Indian restaurant caters for the authentic Indian cuisine. Winner of the best Indian cuisine in Sydney for two consecutive years, its recipes are derived from the diverse culinary techniques of different regions of India, using Indian exotic spices, freshest seafood, meat and vegetables.

With its location ideally situated to provide you with breathtaking views of the Harbour and the city skyline, the venue is highly suitable for romantic dinners on the balcony.

And within a price range of $20-$50, this refined Indian dining experience include a large variety of Indian curries, pappadums and naans without forgetting the amazing BBQ with its accompanying hot sauce. The finger-licking food is surprisingly affordable and enjoyable.

Voted Sydney's Best Mexican cuisine, Guzman Y Gomez has different locations across Sydney and can be checked out on this website.

The restaurant is famous for its tacos with its wide selection of fillings and sauces, tortilla parcels stuffed with black beans, rice and white cheese and grilled quesadillas. The kids have also a special mild menu designed for their delicate taste buds.

GYG's also provides authentic Mexican beers and true Mexican tequila shots for its authentic cuisine.

Although it cannot be described as fine dining, the food is excellent and worth a visit or more.

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Where: Sydney NSW
Cost: Depends on the restaurant; from $20- $200
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