Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Sean’s Panaroma
A chic beachside restaurant, Sean’s Panaroma is market-driven, with a seasonal menu and al fresco seating.
Saint Peter
Saint Peter in Paddington is a restaurant that specialises in serving the very best Australian fish and seafood, treating it simply, creatively and with respect.
Fred’s
A French-style restaurant headed up by Chez Panisse alum, Chef Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s manages to be both elegant and welcoming at the same time, a place of warmth and sensational seasonal cuisine.
Firedoor
Entirely fueled by fire, Firedoor in Surry Hills offers guests an elegant, richly rewarding dining experience, showcasing local, seasonal Australian ingredients and age-old techniques.
Automata
A stylish restaurant in Chippendale, Automata – helmed by Head Chef Clayton Wells – offers a set seasonal menu that draws diners from around Sydney.
Billy Kwong
Found in Elizabeth Bay, Billy Kwong – from chef Kylie Kwong – specialises in Australian-Chinese food that’s as sensational as it is seasonal.
Big Poppa’s
A bar and restaurant in Darlinghurst, Big Poppa’s is where those in-the-know go for cheese, hip-hop and creative cocktails, as well as some damn fine Italian.
The Winery
A wine bar and restaurant in Surry Hills, The Winery has an award-winning wine list and an atmospheric al fresco area to enjoy it in.
Gazebo Wine Bar
Gazebo Wine Bar in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay serves creative dishes showcasing Australian ingredients, and a great wine list.
Nomad
Offering a food menu of accomplished, moreish small plates and grilled dishes, Nomad is a Surry Hills staple. Especially for its Australian wine list.
Crane Bar
A popular Potts Point joint, Crane Bar is colourful, chic and packed with patrons keen to get their hands on potent cocktails and Japanese-inspired eats.
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.
Bistro Moncur
One of the eastern suburb's most iconic restaurants, Bistro Moncur has not lost any of its popularity since opening in 1993.
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.
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.
Summit
High-end food high up; Summit scales new heights in gastronomic excellence.
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
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.
Rockpool
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
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.
Manta
Manta is one of the swankier spots in Sydney to sit on the waterfront, slurping down freshly-shucked oysters and looking suitably smug.
Icebergs
Where the beautiful people come to wine, dine and be seen doing both, Icebergs is one of Sydney's most stylish hangouts.
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.
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.
Cut Bar & Grill
Steak has never been so hip. With its moody lighting, butcher's block chopping board tables and meat cleavers instead of handles on the bathroom doors, Sydney's newest steakhouse oozes cool.
Flying Fish
Easily one of the slickest seafood joints in the city, diners get an eyeful of passenger cruisers, yachts and ferries gliding past at this stunning, two-storey harbourside loft restaurant.
Bloodwood
Benefiting from a trio of impressive owners/chefs, Bloodwood is a stand-out in the otherwise culinary wasteland of Newtown.
Uccello
Italian fare in the heart of the Ivy Pool Club - the perfect way to duck beneath its notoriously taut velvet ropes.
Sushi e
Sushi-e was one of the first Sydney restaurants to jump on the Nobu bandwagon, and has wooed the city's glossy-maned, Manolo-wearing socialites and city bankers
LL Wine Dine
Once an illegal casino in the 1960s, then a swingers' club and even an adult bookshop named Ecstasy, this buzzy, Hong Kong-style eats 'n' drinks den sits in a pedestrian-only laneway in Sydney's former seedy red light district.
Porteño
One of the most exciting spots to open in Sydney of late, Porteño is an Argentinean grillhouse in an incredible Spanish-style villa, complete with white-washed walls, a courtyard and wrought iron railings.

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