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.
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.
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
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.
Rockpool
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bathers’ Pavilion
This elegant restaurant is plonked on the million-dollar Balmoral Beach pRomenade, a mere metre (or is it two?) from the glistening harbour and frolicking beachgoers.
Bootleg
Tapas-style sharing plates and a décor styled on New York; what's not to love?
Sake
Those mad about Japanese are in for a treat at Sake, where culinary superstar Shaun Presland whips up a storm in the kitchen.
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.
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
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.
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.
China Doll
Power lunch at China Doll, where you'll rub sharp-suited shoulders with fellow hedge-funders and corporate types; as you'd expect, the Asian menu is to-dine-for.

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