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Australia's Sydney Harbour Captain Cook Cruise's offers a Sydney dining experience with a lot of pizzaz - sampling first class cuisine aboard a cruise liner! Circling Sydney's waterside by the light of day, under a starry sky or even as a dreamy sun sets over the waters, enjoy iconic sights of the most famous Harbour city as you tuck into a three-course Top Deck lunch cruise.
Gliding past the Sydney Opera House on the very boat reserved for the Pope's visit to Sydney and floating under the Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Harbour Cruise Top Deck a la carte three course menu is presented for your unforgettable dining experience. Lunch is served to you by friendly waiting staff adorned in mood-setting nautical attire and staff serve up the healthy and delectable cuisine with a smile. I recommend the salmon for main as this chunky and crisp, delicious fish accompanied by baked potatoes and tartar sauce will truly make your mouth water. Bookings are taken for lunch or dinner, with a romantic champagne package option. Alternatively, there is a bar if you prefer a spontaneous glass of bubbly once on board.
After food and drinks, head up to the top deck for some sunshine and a sensational view of the dazzling waters, boating life and city-scapes. The best location for happy snapping with you camera is from the top of the boat! When the cruise comes to an end, there are two drop-off points, the final stop is at a Circular Quay, where you also check in and board.
Recommended: Sydney Harbour Cruise by Captain Cook Cruises is a great way for tourists to see popular city icons, and as much of Sydney as they can in a short amount of time, upon dazzling waters and with elegant food! Also a great idea for locals looking for a special occasion meal - imagine what success a business lunch would bring against this backdrop!
Longrain Restaurant in Australia's Sydney is often referred to as Sydney's most famous Asian restaurant. Popping up in Sydney just over ten years ago, Longrain Restaurant serves tantalizing Thai and Chinese influenced food with delightful cocktail infusions, and is credited with the revival of the Caprioska stick drink.
Located in Sydney's downtown Surry Hills, where trendy creative's are known to work and socialize, Longrain Restaurant is a meeting hub for friends, partners and networkers. The contemporary eatery has been cleverly designed in a 110 year-old warehouse space - with a buzzing central open-plan kitchen, bar lounge to the left, and dining area to the right. All under one large open-plan roof, the dining area is one long table. Guests are seated next to strangers, which ultimately creates a lively, buzzing atmosphere, set to sultry sounds from the resident DJ- in fact, by popular demand - you can buy the Longrain CD should you wish to recreate the ambience at home.
The dining idea at Longrain is that you enjoy a cocktail in the Longrain lounge-bar before sitting down to eat. And if you do, I recommend snacking on smoked trout on betel leaf, before being escorted to the exciting shared dining table. This delightful starter snack, infuses sweet and sour flavours to the betel leaf mixtures; trout roe, ginger, smoked trout, lime juice, coriander, eshallots, and red chillies. Dear reader, take it from me: this equals heaven for your mouth, and eagerness from your belly for more.
Once seated at the dinner table, menus designed byExecutive Chef, Martin Boetz, are presented. Dishes served are designed to be shared, with approximately one main between four mouths, as per Asian tradition. Longrain Thai restaurant is all about balancing flavours, so plates will arrive with accompanying sauces and sides to do just that.
Waiting staff happily recommend wine to complement the spicy chilli flavours of Asian dishes. Two amazing concoctions must be recommended, Eggnet sidedish, and carmelised pork hock with chilli vinegar, where pork hocks are carmelised in a honey-like consistency. Not being a pork enthusiast, I was hesitant to try, but the dish came highly recommended to me... and I am now passing that recommendation on to you - a divine food indulgence. The eggnet dish comprises a beansprout salad inside an impressive cross-hatch egg netting. Prawn, beansprouts and cucumber relish complement a taste sensation of peanuts, chilli, mint, coriander, and coconut. Amazing.
Longrain Restaurant in Sydney makes for a thrilling atmosphere and a taste-bud treat, this restaurant is definitely an experience of the senses.
Dazzling dining views at Harbour Bar and Kitchen, Park Hyatt Sydney, Australia
Harbour Bar and Kitchen Restaurant at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney, Australia, gives you dazzling, iconic waterfront views, perfect for sunset dining. Watch a sky change colour against magical architecture of the Sydney Opera House, as city night lights switch on and dusk falls. Park Hyatt's Harbour Bar and Kitchen is the perfect Sydney setting to enjoy fine food.
Located directly across from the Sydney Opera House, under Sydney's Harbour Bridge in the Rocks, Park Hyatt's Harbour Kitchen & Bar is open for lunch or dinner. Serving tantalizing, internationally-inspired, Australian cuisine from a wood-fired oven, rotisserie and char grill.
Perfectly positioned where boardwalk meets ocean, this is your opportunity to soak in a beautiful atmosphere while enjoying preliminary cocktails at the bar. People-watching here is fascinating; romantic strollers pass by, business walkers-and-talkers relax, tourists marvel at such amazing views along the boardwalk - why not arrive early and enjoy a walk yourself?
In the bar you can enjoy a martini, cocktail or boutique beer in classic elegance - a chic interior by creative designer, Tony Chi. Floor-to-ceiling windows showing off a most iconic Sydney view creates a light and airy ambience, complemented with jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.
Moving into the restaurant area of Harbour Bar and Kitchen doesn't mean you forgo the harbour view and Opera House. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows blissfully continue into the eatery! All the worries of the world fade away as you succumb to a luxurious first class dining service. Your friendly wait-staff lay napkins upon laps, as you choose from an exquisite seasonal menu.
The tantalizing dishes have been carefully engineered by Executive Chef, Andrew Mckee, hailing from Park Hyatt Asia fame. I recommend an entrée of summer pork terrine - as much for the artistic colour and presentation, as for the exquisite taste. Mains offered are such delicious dishes as wood-roasted barramundi, Tasmanian wilderness beef short rib, or Byron Bay Kurobuta pork. While seated at your water-facing table, glance behind to watch the Chef and his kitchen staff prepare their amazing cuisine in the open-plan kitchen. Or glance ahead to gaze at water sparkling views - what a choice!
The sommelier is at hand to recommend complementing wine from an extensive walk-in cellar of imported and local wines. Offering expertise from his French homeland, the sommelier's wealth of knowledge is astounding. The Pastry Chef, Fabien Berteau, has designed a fine dessert selection for your heavenly pleasure. I tried the Black Forest dessert consisting of 70% Valrhona organic chocolate topped with kirsch flavoured cream - yes, this incredible dessert comes thoroughly recommended by me.
Don't miss the present weekday lunch offer. Including main meal, glass of wine, dining service of luxury and divine views, plus valet parking - for $AU39.
Harbour Bar and Kitchen, Park Hyatt Sydney, is the perfect Sydney dining experience, a special dining encounter you won't want others to know about. But now you do. Enjoy...
Modern Japanese cuisine with shochu or cocktails is a fine art at Tokonoma Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Surry Hills. One of the only Sydneybars to serve Japan's native shochu-based drinks, the trendy and ambient Tokonoma Bar and Restaurantalso offers amazing Japanese-styleseafood.Here, a unique contemporary dining experience awaits you. Tokonoma Bar and Restaurant is conveniently located amidst central Sydney in the trendy hub of downtown Surry Hills. This is where Sydney's beautiful people frequent for after-work drinks and weekend catch-ups - and with flattering low-lit gold tungsten lighting we're all beautiful people, darling! As the venue of choice for events by glossy magazines GQ and Vogue, local celeb spotting is possible. Aussie starlet Ruby Rose lists Tokonoma amongst her favourite eateries, and if Madonna came to Sydney, London's trendy Zuma would surely be in danger of second place on her business lunchtime list. Sydney's Tokonoma Bar and Restaurantis definitely a dining nightspot of the times. Certain anonymity is granted with their trendy high booths so grab one if you can - then feel like you've reserved your own private dining room complete with a private bar. Enhancing your dining pleasure is smooth timber-lined decor, house DJ designed music, cocktails infused with fruits-of-the-world and, of course, beautiful waiting staff to help with your dining selection. With divine cocktails, good food, and conversation flowing, the rest of the room is soon forgotten. For a more traditional buzzing atmosphere there is also a table dining area. Waiting staff are exceptionally fun and friendly, and impressively informed about the Japanese menu. The menu lists items from a selection of the bars within Tokonoma, and Toko, the sister bar and restaurant next door. Drink: Very new to Sydney, and what Tokonoma proudly pours best in the city, is the native Japanese shochus and tonics. I'm talking antioxidant aplenty and no calories. Try the blood orange and honey tonic, otherwise known as pure heavenly liquid bliss on rocks of ice. Or for something fun from the bar, try a Rabuba martini with a divine infusion of rhubarb and passion fruit cocktail - your taste buds will thank you. Eat: The Tokonoma dining menu highlights fine selections from the sushi bar, robata grill, the signature tasting menu, and outlines meat and seafood dishes aplenty. Many Sydneysiders recommended I try the dish called ‘hiramasa no sashimi to karikari buta' which translates as ‘kingfish sashimi drenched in truffle oil, feathered with fine pork belly crackling, and baby shiso', which translates as ‘extremely worth trying'. The Japanese miso marinated black cod is a favourite dish of mine, and Tokonoma's ‘hata no saikyo-miso yaki' certainly lived up to my hopeful expectations. Ever so blackened and perfectly crisp on top, the succulent flesh of white codfishmade my mouth water on sight alone. A red meat selection called ‘Ami yaki ro-su niku no wafu sauce' is a great dish to try, presenting as petite cubes of juicy scotch fillet steak soaked in glorious wafu sauce and garnished with garlic crisps. The dessert list shows creative twists on the usual offerings of brulee, pudding and fondant. How can one not try a pear and white chocolate spring roll accompanied with sesame brittle and pear sorbet? It's easily washed down with a fine dessert wine.