Featuring a deli, a restaurant, and a rooftop there’s plenty to experience. All menus have been inspired by founder and executive chef Alejandro Saravia Pastuso, and offer a taste into culinary rich Gippsland through tasting plates and wines. It may be new but the concept and execution of Farmer’s Daughters have cemented it as one of the best restaurants CBD Melbourne has.
For an entrée, treat yourself to beef carpaccio with black figs & vincotto (cooked wine), and follow it up with the gnocchi with braised duck, porcini & pecorino pepato. Don’t forget the name-sake dessert ‘tipomisù’ a clever interpretation of the Italian staple.
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The menu is sleek and refined, with simplistic yet rich pairings with some of the city's best fine dining, paired with carefully selected wines by the team's sommeliers it's an experience as much as it is a meal. It certainly won't be cheap, but it's one you'll remember forever.
A true pioneer in the pasta space, Tipo 00 exploded onto the scene with its quaint and intimately spaced restaurant on Little Bourke Street back in 2014. Tipo earned its best CBD restaurant status by introducing curious diners to pasta house-made and cooked to perfection with a series of different sauces and accompaniments.
Right on the edge of the city, hidden away in the back streets, sits a cosy neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Walk through the Alberto’s Lounge long entrance and into some dim lighting, tight seating and retro Italian film posters and advertising-covered walls for some surprisingly laid-back vibes. On the seasonal menu, you can expect a specially curated selection of cheeses (make sure you order whatever version of the burrata is on offer), charcuterie, pasta, sides and some deserts we highly recommend leaving room for. Contrary to the old adage of “don’t fill up on bread”, we advise that you do fill up on Alberto’s signature warm focaccia and olive oil.
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This list has established that any restaurant with a front-row view of Sydney Harbour gets a big ol’ tick from us. Especially if it has a menu inspired by chef Peter Gilmore. Enter Sydney fine-dining institution, Quay. Sit yourself down directly opposite aforementioned Gilmore instution Bennelong and the Sydney Opera House and find a spot amongst the Australian landscape-inspired interior. The Circular Quay restaurant has been awarded three Chefs Hats for 18 straight years—so they must be doing something very right. Whether you opt for the six or the eight-course menu, with or without a sommelier-curated wine pairing, you can expect one hell of an experience.
Meaning “by the sea” in Italian, a'Mare swaps the Mediterranean Sea for Darling Harbour water views to give us one of the most sublime Italian dining spots in the precinct. Chef Alessandro Pavoni, who had already wooed Sydney with Ormeggio at the Spit, opened his new restaurant to immediate acclaim for its impeccable service, luxurious interior, and masterful take on the simplicities of Italian food while using the best seasonal Aussie produce. Think whole fish cooked in a Josper charcoal oven, hand-made pasta, wagyu beef carpaccio antipasti, burrata caprese, all accompanied by a barrel-aged Negroni. Throw in some tableside pesto preparation for a touch of showmanship, and you've got yourself an Italian fine dining experience like none other.
If there’s something Sydney hospitality group Applejack (The Botanist Kirribilli, The Butler, and SoCal) can consistently do well, it’s absolutely nailing the right vibe for a venue, down to the very last detail. Bopp & Tone in the CBD, which opened back in 2018, is no different. Named after the Applejack founder’s grandfathers, the Carrington Street restaurant interior reflects a post-World War II world’s grandeur and optimism. Think antique tiling, dark wooden features, beautiful pendant lighting, and velvet bench seating while you sip on your second or third cocktail of the night. As for food, the list of Australian-inspired dishes showcase the very best protein and let you choose your own adventure. Decide between set banquet menus or long lunches, snack bar food with a glass of wine or large share plates for the whole table.
If you’re looking for a dining experience curated by one of the country’s best chefs inside one of Australia’s most iconic buildings, look no further than Bennelong. There’s nothing quite like dining inside the Sydney Opera House walls, especially if you're working your way through Peter Gilmore’s modern Australian menu, showcasing quality Aussie produce. Book a seat at any of the three dining levels under the cathedral interior, overlooking Sydney Harbour—there’s no bad seat in the house. And keep your eye out for musical sessions with the changing “Bennelong Presents” series for some world-class serenading while you eat. A Sydney must-do.
Originally opening in Rozelle in 1989 and relocating to the CBD in 2000, Tetsuya's from acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakadu OAM has long been known as one of Sydney’s best and most respected restaurants. The Kent Street eatery fuses a Japanese food philosophy with classic French training to offer one of the most celebrated degustation menus in town—choose between five or eight courses. In our mind, there’s no going past the restaurant’s signature dish: the confit of ocean trout.