In the hands of Federico Zanellato, the fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisines makes so much sense, it’s a wonder why more people aren’t doing it. Settle in for an ambitious degustation with matched wines, and the serene views of Pyrmont Bay will keep you occupied between courses.
Go on a multi-sensory journey inspired by the elements at this theatrical fine-diner by top Sydney chefs, Federico Zanellato and Karl Firla. Diners move around the space during an eight-course degustation, incorporating visuals and music alongside ambitious, produce-driven dishes.
Run by a husband-and-wife duo on a leafy harbourside street, this cosy ramen shop does soups in a way Sydney has never seen before. Come for the show, plus handmade Wagyu gyoza and a drinks list that’ll transport you to Japan.
Pioik means “the bread” in ancient Egyptian, a nod to its owner’s heritage. There’s fine-dining flair in every two-kilo Epooro loaf; ditto the croissants and seasonal creations. A heritage terrace in Pyrmont is where it all goes down.
At this laid-back bar, most wines are Australian, many are French, and several are natural, but there are no rules about provenance or style. The food here also takes a slightly different direction to the well-trodden Euro-leaning path that most other wine bars go down. It’s all in a minimalist art-deco space flush with marble and timber.
Crustacean and fish fans will tell you that there’s nothing on God’s Earth quite like a fish market in the morning. If you want to take that to the next level, book a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney’s Fish Markets, where you’ll get to experience everything the seafood Mecca has to offer, including its infamous auction floor. Make sure to book this one in advance.