Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

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.
Chat Thai
The branch of Chat Thai in Westfield is a sleek and sultry spot to tuck into some seriously good Thai food while you’re in the CBD.
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.
Cafe Ananas
A French-inspired restaurant in Sydney’s Circular Quay, Cafe Ananas serves classic European dishes in its chic, colourful space.
4Fourteen
A bistro-style restaurant in stylish Surry Hills, 4Fourteen serves sharing plates so good you won’t actually want to share.
Bodega
La Boheme
Forget what you've heard about Czech food, and experience the cuisine the way God intended at La Boheme.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
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.
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.
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
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.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Momofuku Seiobo
Japanese-Australian fusion that could just change your view fine dining.
Efendy
Efendy will change your mind about Turkish cuisine, which isn't raved about enough in our minds.
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
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.
Rosso Pomodoro
Perfect pizzas abound at Rosso Pomodore, but you'll have to hop a cab to enjoy them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hugos Bar Pizza
Just downstairs from its sister venue - party palace Hugo's Lounge - Hugos Bar Pizza sits on a split-levelled terrazzo with a view of the passers-by trickling down Bayswater Road.
Bootleg
Tapas-style sharing plates and a décor styled on New York; what's not to love?
Bloodwood
Benefiting from a trio of impressive owners/chefs, Bloodwood is a stand-out in the otherwise culinary wasteland of Newtown.
Aki’s
Arguably the only fine-dining Indian eatery in Sydney, those with a taste for the exotic flock to Aki's in their suit-clad droves.
Pizza e Birra
If you're hankering for pizza, this is one of Sydney's best.
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.
Neutral Bay Bar & Dining
Perched on busy Military Road with its high ceilings, long benches and tawny-coloured high-backed booths, the NBBD is a classy diner.
Hugos Manly
Hugo's Bar Pizza in King's Cross is a firm favourite for Sydney's glitterati, but Manly got a mozzarella-coated slice of the action when celebrity chef Pete Eva
Firefly
A busy little wine bar with a fantastic vibe and smiley staff, Firefly's tables are usually abuzz with Sydney theatregoers engrossed in pre- or post-show conversation.
Din Tai Fung
This is the only Din Tai Fung operating in Australia, and there's a massive banner reminding you of this auspicious fact hung proudly outside the door.

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