Bar at the end of the Wharf
Chilled wine, comfortable couches, tasty tapas and uninterrupted views of the Sydney harbour tickle your fancy? Well, the bar at the end of the wharf will have you smiling your snout ear to ear. As the name suggests, the bar is one of the best venues in the city, jutting out from one the city’s iconic wharfs, home to the Sydney Threatre Company at Walsh Bay. The menu is small, but the bar is big, boasting two large outdoor decks and a spacious open space in the middle with old polished floors and quirky décor throughout. The ploughmans platter, sliders, hot chips with chipotle mayo and wild mushroom aranchini balls are the perfect snacks for sharing with friends while working your way through the cocktail and wine lists before a show.
Paddock to plate is all the rage, and no one does it better than Sean himself. The menu here changes daily and each meal uses mostly organic, fresh, seasonal produce sourced from Sean’s own farm or from other local producers. The menu usually includes 5 options for each course, around the $40 mark, with entrees and desserts around $20 or under. Don’t let the price tag deter you, you can BYO booze here and most of the mains are big enough to satisfy. I have been a couple of times now and always impressed with the food, incredible service and of course the amazing views of Bondi from the north end. Highlights to date have included twice fried chicken and braised beef.
Icebergs Dining Room + Bar
One of Sydney’s most well-known institutions, Icebergs, has one of the best venues in the city. Perched on Bondi’s south end, the famous white building is home to one of Sydney’s finest restaurants where locals, tourists and cool kids come to enjoy an Italian inspired dish. If you want to watch the waves roll in while enjoying a cocktail, cheese plate and delicious flash fried school prawns, the Icebergs bar is the place for you. Or if sensational seafood, incredibly pasta or simple, succulent steaks are more you style, you can enjoy all of those in the formal restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean and whale watching. Book ahead, especially in groups because this place is hot property!
Otto has become an institution and playground for the rich, a stunning restaurant where yummy mummies can play with their salads, men can slick back their hair with Rolex adorned wrists and compare each other yachts only a stones throw away. Despite the obvious pretention and my lack thereof, the staff are incredibly friendly. The cocktail menu includes all the classics, and the wine list is one of the best in the city. But, the real highlight is the food. Oysters, prosciutto wrapped breadsticks and handmade pasta with calamari sauce and king prawns would be worthy of a death row meal. So if you have a wide wallet or a special occasion to celebrate, to ought to go to Otto.
Otto Ristorante – Shop 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo, NSW
Doyles on the Beach
Look up seafood in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Doyle’s restaurant at Watsons Bay. Well, not really, but it is famous non-the-less. Nestled right on the sand of one of Sydney’s stunning bays with district views over the east all the way to the Harbour bridge, Doyles is the place to enjoy food from the water while admiring it. I can thank Doyle’s for my first ever oyster Kilpatrick, which I have continued to have a love affair with ever since. Other delicious menu items include seafood platters for two with lobster, prawns, mussels, oysters and scallops ore the individually baked seafood pies, all of which will cost you a lot of pretty pennies.
Gourmet pizza and cocktails on the water, what more do you want? Hugos has snagged some stella realestate on Manly’s wharf and has become one of the best places to enjoy a snack, meal, drink or night out in the northern suburbs. With views of the harbour and Manly’s esplanade, you can sit and enjoy people and boat watching while working your way through the menu. The pizza list is long, luscious and leaves you stumped on what to order, so pack up the pigs and head down there for a party. My suggestions would be the slow roasted pork belly or the lamb with potato, feta and olive pizzas.