After an evening out at the theatre or if you’ve been to the Opera, you’ll want somewhere nice to dine out somewhere within close proximity. With Vivid nights starting in the month of May, here’s the top five restaurants are all within walking distance of circular quay to ensure you get some good food before or after the show.
Spice Temple is a modern Chinese restaurant with a culinary focus on China’s lesser known regions. The menus are designed to be shared and enjoyed banquet style in an intimate and seductive ambience. Driven by the philosophy of incorporating world-class service with a deep respect for the highest quality produce Spice Temple offers modern Chinese food as it’s rarely been seen before in Australia.
Inspired by the most popular neighbourhood bistros of Paris, Bistro Guillaume Sydney offers a menu abundant with French classics. Drawing upon Sydney’s renowned climate and open space, Bistro Guillaume Sydney features a fresh colour palette and a stunning indoor setting. The dining room is luxe whilst exuding a relaxed feel, encouraging diners to linger long into their day or night whilst enjoying acclaimed chef Guillaume Brahimi’s beautiful bistro cuisine.
Customs House Bar was transformed from one of Sydney's oldest pubs into the city's newest dining destination. The open-air beer garden complete with beautiful hanging gardens and communal tables is the ideal place for colleagues and tourists alike to enjoy a drink or grab a quick bite, including a revolving offering of microbrews and bite of gastro-pub fare. Situated within the leafy bounds of Macquarie Park, just a stone's throw from Circular Quay, lies 160 years of history.
Rosetta is one of Australia’s most elegant and sophisticated Italian restaurants, which combines impressive interiors with professional and authentic service, and a seasonally driven menu of Neil Perry’s favourite regional recipes from his extensive travels through Italy. Rosetta is located in the stunning Harry Seidler designed Grosvenor Place at the northern end of the CBD. The interior design and styling plays on the restaurant’s graceful contours, with a curved wall of floor-to-roof windows filling the restaurant with natural light and enhancing an Amalfi Coast inspired palette of emerald green and sapphire blue. The sweeping terrace and bar overlook the city with views to the harbour. An all-day bar menu is brimful of antipasti and pizzettes, alongside playful cocktails and an array of beautiful Italian wines.
Quay is one of the country’s most celebrated restaurants; the creation of leading Australian restaurant group, Fink Group, and Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.
The reimagination of Quay has welcomed an organic space reflective of Peter Gilmore’s nature inspired cuisine. The interplay of textures and colour bring new life and a vibrance that embraces the restaurant’s place in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour. An ode to the Australian landscape, from the vast ocean floor, to the cracked bark of a paperbark tree, every detail from the ground up has been thoughtfully considered.
Buy your good food gift card to dine at one of these restaurants before you head to the show.