For a long time, Double Bay has been synonymous with the finer things in life. But in recent years, legendary restaurateurs such as Neil Perry and Bill Granger have taken up shop among the glamorous boutiques and brow bars. Now the harbourside suburb is on track to becoming a dining destination on par with Potts Point and Surry Hills.

Modern Australian, Mexican or Mediterranean? Here’s what to eat when you’re in the neighbourhood.

Margaret

Restaurant

Neil Perry’s first solo venture arrived a little over a year after the Rockpool chef announced his retirement. That said, it’s an instant classic. Settle into the luxe dining room for produce-driven Perry cuisine – lobster with sambal butter and wood-fired rotisserie chicken with smoked eggplant puree.

30-36 Bay Street, Double Bay

Matteo

Restaurant

The spiritual successor to its former tenant, Limoncello. The southern Italian vibe here has been nailed, which is no surprise given the hospitality guns running the show. But it’s all about the pizza – perfectly light, elastic dough that won’t leave you bloated and lethargic.

29 Bay Street, Double Bay

Bills Double Bay

Cafe

The cafe that put Aussie breakfast on the world map serves all the Bills classics – sweet-corn fritters, ricotta hotcakes and silky scrambled eggs –in a room inspired by the opulent cafes of Austria.

16 Cross Street, Double Bay

Sinaloa

Restaurant

Mexico’s vibrant coastline informs every part of this colourful, multi-part bar and eatery. Dishes – such as Vegemite-glazed cauliflower al pastor – harness native Australian and Asian flavours, while cocktails put a Mexican twist on the classics.

37 Bay Street, Double Bay

Bibo Wine Bar

Bar

A moody wine bar with a Portuguese edge.

7 Bay Street, Double Bay
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Saké Restaurant and Bar - Double Bay

Restaurant

The fourth Sake is located in Double Bay.

33 Cross Street, Double Bay

Mistelle

Bar

A classy, French-inspired wine bar.

16 Kiaora Lane, Double Bay
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