Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Australian in Brunswick Heads

Fleet

With a teeny-tiny and simple (if effortlessly stylish) shop front (entered from Fingal St) and most bookings snapped up on release, Fleet might be Australia's most cultish dining destination. Josh Lewis (chef) and A…
Top Choice Japanese in City Centre & Haymarket

Sepia

A Japanese sensibility permeates the boundary-pushing menu at what is sometimes said to be Australia's best restaurant, while molecular cuisine and the forage ethos play their part in the creation and presentation o…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Quay

Quay is shamelessly guilty of breaking the rule that good views make for bad food. Chef Peter Gilmore never rests on his laurels, consistently delivering the exquisitely crafted, adventurous cuisine which has landed…
Top Choice Farm Restaurant in Byron Bay

Three Blue Ducks at the Farm

The legendary Sydney team behind Three Blue Ducks moved up north to showcase its paddock-to-plate food philosophy. Their rustic barn cafe and restaurant forms the beating heart of The Farm. The breakfast menu does t…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Cabarita

Paper Daisy

Boutique hotel Halcyon House's gorgeous ground floor is given over to its restaurant, which is open to nonguests. It's a busy, visual space with bistro chairs and lots of small oils hung salon-style, but manages nev…
Top Choice French in Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest

Tillermans

Long-time Francophiles Kerry and Peter Hodges serve a fabulous three-course French lunch (book ahead in summer) at this rustic old riverside beauty, where you can kick-back with, say, roast chicken with olives and p…
Top Choice Cafe in Byron Bay

Bay Leaf Café

You might be tempted to snigger at the raft of Byron cliches on offer at this always busy cafe (golden lattes, coconut cold brew, kombucha, tousle-haired locals of both sexes, a '70s psych rock soundtrack etc), but …
Top Choice Spanish in Byron Bay

St Elmo

Perch on a stool at this moody modern tapas restaurant, where rock-star bar staff create wicked cocktails or can pour you one of the better wines by the glass found in this part of the world (including natural and m…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newcastle

Edwards

If new Newcastle had a beating heart, it would be found at this happening West End bar-cafe-diner, stylishly flaunting its warehouse chic on this light-industrial street. It’s the place to be at all hours, for delic…
Top Choice Tapas in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Dead Ringer

This charcoal-fronted terrace is a haven of quality eating and drinking in a laid-back format. Barstool it or grab an outdoor table and graze on the short menu that changes slightly daily and runs from bar snacks th…