On the Eaten Track In Sydney
Like any metropolitan, Sydney wouldn’t be worth its chew if it didn’t have a mouth watering culinary scene. The Harbor City delivers.
Sydney, the state capital of New South Whales, is steaming with art, culture and food.
To get on the eaten track, Linda Margolin, premier certified Aussie travel specialist/certified New Zealand travel specialist/Matai Fiji /Cook Island and South Pacific Specialist and worldwide travel consultant at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos, let Girls That Roam in on her favorite Sydney eateries.
Linda has traveled Down Under nearly 50 times and holds the coveted honor of having been appointed by Tourism Australia as one of its top Australia travel specialist in the U.S. She never lands in Australia without seeing Sydney, which means that she knows the city almost like a local.
Whenever Linda lands in Sydney she makes it her mission to get to one of these restaurants:
Doyles on the Beach
“For a great sea food dinner, which Australia is known for, take the ferry over to Doyles in Watson Bay,” says Linda.
You can’t go wrong with a family that has been serving up Sydney’s catch of the day among other delights from the sea since 1885. Yes, that’s right. Five generations of seaferers working at the original location at Doyles on the Beach (11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, +61 2 9337 2007, Doyles.com.au).
The restaurant has expanded over its nearly 130 years to include Doyles at the Wharf and Doyles at the Sydney Fish Markets, but there is nothing like the original. Located on the eastern suburbs of Sydney guests – local and visiting – enjoy indoor and outdoor dining with spectacular panoramic views overlooking Sydney Harbor.
It’s a classic lunch or dinner spot for friends, family or a date.
The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney
“If you really want to have a phenomenal dinner with amazing views,” go to the Dining Room at the Park Hyatt located in the Historic Rocks.
That is, if views and fine dining are your thing, the Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney’s (7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, + 61 2 9256 1234, , DiningRoom.com.au) presentation from the view to the table are savory. This posh restaurant with an unrivaled view of the famed Sydney Opera House is Australia’s modern dinning at its best.
Everything is carefully considered and selected from local sources to internationally acclaimed wines hand selected by the restaurant’s sommelier.
The Dining Room hits the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially if you want to dazzle a special someone or client.
Zia Pina Pizzeria Restaurant
“A wonderful casual Italian dinner … with the red and white checked table cloths [is the] best Italian food outside of Italy for cheap,” says Linda.
A hot spot with Aussies and visitors, Zia Pina Pizzeria Restaurant (93 George St, The Rocks, +61 2 9247 2255, ZiaPinaTheRocks.com.au), this family-owned Italian eatery has been serving up the pies and Italian classics direct from Italy since 1976.
Zia Pina is a fun place for dinner with family and friends.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
“The best pub anywhere,” serving up five-star like fish and chips, meat pies and pub food along with its own brew, says Linda.
We have it on Linda’s good word that The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (19 Kent St, The Rocks, +61 2 9251 4044, , lordnelsonbrewery.com), is worth its hops.
It has been operating since 1841 and is known as Australia’s oldest and longest running pub and brewery. It even has a few medals under its tap for good measure.
Really, you don’t ever have to leave the Lord Nelson. It has modern comfortable rooms, a restaurant serving an interesting array of contemporary Australian pub food and an award-winning wine list. Then there’s the bar and brewery to hang out in and catch a game. What else could you ask for?
If you do want to leave, you can ditch your spouse at the bar and hit boutiques and check out the “Aurora Australis” and other famous Australian opals at Altmann & Cherny (18 Pitt Street, +61 2 9251 9477, AltmannCherny.com.au), cruise the galleries or head to the famous crafts markets in the Historic Rocks.
To eat your way around Sydney, contact Linda at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos at 408-354-6531 or or register for the New Zealand and the Cook Islands Expo on October 4. Location and time of the Expo will be announced soon.
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