Unlike New York or London, Sydney’s dining scene has never revolved around hotels. But Sydney Common – the stately restaurant inside Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park – aims to change that by championing five-star hotel dining in Australia, with a menu focused on elegant woodfired dishes and reducing waste.

The menu moves from entrees to the seafood bar, then to the grill, which imparts steaks and fish with the flavours of fast-burning ironbark from the Blue Mountains. When Broadsheet visited, the star agnolotti pasta – which took six weeks to develop – was filled with LP’s mortadella and ricotta, and served in a sage and brown butter sauce with peas and parmesan. The wine list offers around 250 options celebrating classic Australian producers, with the old and new world well represented.

Grand, curved twin stairways lead to the restaurant, which has views over Hyde Park through enormous windows. And between the food, drinks and luxurious fit-out, Sydney Common fits in well with some of Sydney’s favourite venues. There’s something about ascending that elegant staircase that makes a visit feel like an occasion, which is exactly the point.

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Updated: April 3rd, 2024

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