- Iima - Haymarket (in Mr B's Hotel.) - Great Thai food in a strong Thai food area. As good as Chat Thai. (See Review in March 2012)
- Chat Thai - Haymarket - One of the best Thai meals around but you may have to queue. See Review. (See Review in January 2012)
- Golden Harbour Restaurant - Haymarket - Probably our favourite place for yum cha in the CBD. This place always has a great variety of things, the service is fast and efficient and the food is fantastic. It's a winner - and has consistently been so.
DARLING HARBOUR/COCKLE BAY/KING ST WHARF
- The Little Snail - Pyrmont - The three course meal for only $58 now for dinner is still great value, but even better at $36 for lunch! Its a pleasant place with good service and surprisingly good food considering the low prices. We love it there and will be back - time after time.
- Fat Noodle - The Star - Nice food that's well regarded. You feel a bit exposed sitting there but it's a solid pre-show meal option. The service is good and the serving quantities are good too.
BENELONG POINT - THE ROCKS
- Aria - Benelong Point - The perfect place to go for that special occasion. We went for a birthday and it was amazing - one of the best meals we have ever. The service was excellent and Aria has million dollar views - we looked out from our window table onto the opera house and the harbour bridge - what a way to watch the sun set! We couldn't fault the food. The only suggestion may be to have two courses and add the truffled mash. It was amazingly delicious and a cheaper option than a third course for two.
- Eastbank Cafe Bar Pizzeria - Benelong Point - Nice pizzas and another amazing view from under the toaster near the Opera House. It can get quite busy here so its best to book. The food is reasonably priced for the area and tasted great.
- East Chinese Restaurant - Benelong Point - Again with these views - we're spoiled aren't we. Love the straight prawns - big and juicy. We eat here regularly when we have to go to something at the Opera House and its always good. A little pricier than other Chinese places but when you consider the views its worth it. On a good night its great to sit outside and watch the harbour and the sunsets.
- Lord Nelson Hotel - The Rocks - Solid good pub food in a busy room. Instead of buying individual meals another option is to buy some plates to share. The olives and fetta are great. The wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce are awesome - big chunky wedges that are crisp and tender - yum.
- Guylian - The Rocks - Guylian is like Lindt and The Chocolate Room - a great place for a calorie hit - especially after a meal nearby. It can get very crowded here but that means people like it. Try something though - its really great. We had coffee, chocolates and shared desserts - ask for two spoons and pig out!
- Cafe La Rosa - CBD - The friendliest service in Sydney. You'll want to come back. Try one of their omelettes for breakfast!
- The Chocolate Room - CBD - Another indulgent dessert option after a Darling Harbour/Cockle Bay dinner. Pricey - like Lindt. Nice waffles and designer chocolates.
- Wok on Inn - Darlinghurst - One of those quick meal places. Its made fresh, its tasty and its cheap.
- Bamboo Dumpling Bar - Kings Cross - An interesting place to grab a different meal. Can eat indoors or outdoors. Best shared.
- Ippudo - Sydney CBD - We were in the area and dropped in for lunch. Even though it meant joining a queue the wait wasn't long and we were seated and our order had soon been taken. I had the Shiromaru Motoaji - a traditional pork ramen which cost $15.00 (but you can get a larger serving for $19.00). I ordered a poached egg with it as well - for an extra $2.00. It was delicious. Mlady had the Hot Stone Unagi Rice - grilled eel on rice with original Kabayaki sauce). It came garnished with shredded seaweed on top and was only $10.00. Presentation was excellent and it was a tasty option. As Mlady isnt a big pork eater the menu was a bit limited but they advised that they were upgrading in the new year with several vegetarian options. Good food, pleasant decor, friendly service all make this a winner.
- Gowings Bar and Grill - CBD - Had heard a lot about this place but was taken here for the first time for a quick visit and a drink. This is an amazing place - such great atmosphere and excellent service. They have plenty of customers too which means they are certainly doing some things right! The drinks weren't overly cheap or expensive - which was a pleasant surprise. As soon as we sat down we were asked if we wanted nay bar food - which was impressive. I was introduced to the head of front of house for the restaurant and will certainly go back there to sample their French influenced treats.
- La Ricetta Ristorante Italiano - Enmore - Good food in this cosy Italian restaurant. Very convenient to Enmore Theatre. Worth going to for a good meal. The food options are good and the serving sizes are decent too. Its not overly chaep but its good qulaity and a good quantity. Because the place is so compact it can be a little noisy and the tables are fairly close together so it can seem tight there.
- The Cow and Moon Artisan Gelato - Enmore - Interesting place with quite a variety from gelato, through good desserts and on to boutique chocolates and good coffee. Go there. (See Review in March 2012)
- Vicini - Annandale - Lovely place with delicious food. Can eat upstairs or downstairs - we ate upstairs and couldn't fault it. The food was prepared brilliantly and was well presented. It has a really nice atmosphere as well. Its a great place for a special occasion.
- Mi Piace Pizza E Bar - Moore Park (Entertainment Quarter) - We had seafood linguini for one main and pumpkin and ricotta stuffed pasta with basil pesto for the other. The servings were very small and the service was very slow. They diidn't even know what we'd ordered when we went to pay - there weren't any records and they had to ask the waitress if she could remember. It took ages to be served, ages for the food to arrive and ages to pay at the end. We wont go back there again!
- Dolcetto Dessert Bar - Moore Park (Entertainment Quarter) - Great little find for dessert. The service was prompt, the servings were enormous and the food was very tasty. The coffee was good too. Would certainly go there again.
- Danks Street Depot - Waterloo - I dropped in here for a fairly quick breakfast one day. I ordered the sour cherry toast - mainly because I'd never had this before. I wasn't sure what to expect - or how sour it would be. It wasn't overpowering and had really nice flavours. Quite unique really and I'd certainly have it again if I saw it on a menu. The coffee was good too. Its easy to see why this place is popular. The other menu items looked quite good as well - but for another day when there's more time!
- Black Star Pastry - Newtown - Don't blink or you'll miss this popular place - it's tiny. The best way to spot it is the scattering of small crates outside serving as seats and tables for the passing trade. They do quite a variety of food from pies to cakes and of course pastries. The coffee here is excellent - and served in eco cups of course!