Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Cho Cho San
Found in Sydney’s Potts Point area, Cho Cho San offers Japanese-inspired dishes and a heady cocktail menu in its sleek, minimalist space.
Bodega
Est
To those in-the-know, est. - spelt lower-case and with a full-stop at the end - is the place to come for high-end cuisine and an even higher-end clientele.
The Corner House
The only place in Sydney where you can hack at a pizza with scissors - a curiously gratifying experience, trust us - this relaxed Bondi ristorante attracts a steady stream of hip residents.
La Boheme
Forget what you've heard about Czech food, and experience the cuisine the way God intended at La Boheme.
Bistro Moncur
One of the eastern suburb's most iconic restaurants, Bistro Moncur has not lost any of its popularity since opening in 1993.
Baroque Pantry
Stylish and with an effervescent chi-chi, Baroque is all about well-priced French bistro fare in the heart of Sydney's historical quarter, The Rocks.
Mr Wong
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
Sailors Thai
Most Aussies will proclaim loudly that Australia does Thai better than Thailand, and after eating at Sailors Thai, you might be inclined to agree.
Jonah’s Whale Beach
Toko
With its honey-coloured timber interiors, sumptuous leather banquettes and the cream of Sydney's fashion crop nibbling on dainty bites of sashimi, Toko is the c
Summit
High-end food high up; Summit scales new heights in gastronomic excellence.
Pilu
When Sydney turns it on with a blisteringly beautiful, blue-sky summer's day, there are few better places in the world to be than at Pilu.
Marque
Chefs Mark Best and Pasi Petanen of Marque are masters of calculated culinary risk, creating such an exquisite degustation menu here that it would silence even the most cynical critic.
Momofuku Seiobo
Japanese-Australian fusion that could just change your view fine dining.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Efendy
Efendy will change your mind about Turkish cuisine, which isn't raved about enough in our minds.
PaperPlanes
A multi-sensorial experience of high quality traditional Japanese food witha  mix of contemporary and playful edge.
Golden Century
As one of Sydney's favourite late-night dining venues, Golden Century has a cult-like following and the mere mention of it to a local will induce an enthusiastic, Oh
Rockpool
Berta
You'll need Google Maps to find this little gem but it's worth the hunt, with inspiring Italian fare and intimate interiors.
A Tavola
This strip of Victoria Street is lined with restaurants and a steady hum of pedestrian traffic but A Tavola is one of the better choices for some of the best homemade pasta in Sydney.
China Lane
Tetsuya’s
The affable, world-class chef Tetsuya Wakuda (known affectionately as 'Tets' to most Aussies) is lauded by foodies around the globe, and his Sydney restaurant is where the magic happens.
Rosso Pomodoro
Perfect pizzas abound at Rosso Pomodore, but you'll have to hop a cab to enjoy them.
Spice Temple
Owned by Australian celebrity chef Neil Perry, this slinky, Asian restaurant is a glamorous hotspot and its dimly-lit, scarlet-coloured dining room is the high
Pendolino
It might seem an unlikely locale, perched atop an upper level of Sydney's high-brow, historic shopping arcade The Strand, but Pendolino is one of Sydney's favourite Italian restaurants.
Manta
Manta is one of the swankier spots in Sydney to sit on the waterfront, slurping down freshly-shucked oysters and looking suitably smug.
Public Dining Room
With breezy, blond hardwood floors, white marble bar and floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking Balmoral beach, Public Dining Room is hard to beat for a long, leisurely lunch in summer.
Icebergs
Where the beautiful people come to wine, dine and be seen doing both, Icebergs is one of Sydney's most stylish hangouts.
Farmhouse Kings Cross
Four in Hand
As the old adage goes, don't judge a book by its cover. Four in Hand may technically be a pub, but the food is anything but pub grub.
Bentley Bar
Attracting fashionistas and foodies in equal measures, Bentley Bar has struck the perfect balance with a menu of mouthwatering tapas and a wine list to match.
Boca
Vegetarians best steer clear of Boca, an Argentinean steakhouse renowned for serving up perfectly-cooked slabs of meat to a crowd of bloodthirsty carnivores.
Aria
Spice I Am
The best beef massamam in the world - better than the beef massamam in Thailand. Impossible, you say? Then check out the queues outside this tiny Thai eatery.
Table for 20
Better hop to it if you want to dine here, because like the name suggests, there are only 20 spaces for bums on seats.
Otto Ristorante
The who's who of Sydney flocks to Otto, a doyen in the fine-dining world, with Chef Richard Ptacnik's light, Italian menu as well turned out as the designer bag-toting regulars.
Longrain
Modern Thai, a cool collection of cocktails and hypnotic lounge music; Longrain has the sexy Surry Hills set flocking in their designer-clad droves.

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