If you’re keen for an unusual food experience in Sydney that you won’t soon forget, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best food experiences in Sydney as rated by our staff, with handy tips from our Sydney chauffeurs on how to make the most of the food experience.
Best Unique Food Experiences in Sydney
#1 The Grounds of Alexandria
Undoubtedly one of the most unique food experiences in Sydney, the Grounds of Alexandria is a festival for the senses and one of Sydney’s most Instagrammed foodie destinations.
What makes it unique: Imagine strolling through food heaven with glimmering lights up above, the air filled with the seductive scent of mouth-watering flavours. The venue itself — a renovated 1920s pie factory with brick walls — offers plenty of rustic charm, complete with a sustainable garden, artisan bakery, florist and even local street food markets.
What makes it unforgettable: Dance the night away with live music in The Shed on Fridays from 6:30pm, enjoy the organic gardens, tour the markets, or savour the Ground’s exquisite, homestyle restaurants: the choice is yours.
Address: Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW Australia 2015
This gets our vote as one of the best food experiences in Sydney: Sasaki is an authentic, homestyle Japanese food restaurant.
What makes it unique: Offering simple, healthy and delicious Japanese food in a cozy, minimalist setting, this gem of a restaurant is known for serving simple foods with fresh, quality ingredients that celebrate the chef Yu Sasaki’s hometown of Shimane and childhood memories of his mother’s cooking.
What makes it unforgettable: Both the short and long course omakase menus here are delicately crafted with love and attention to detail, making for an exceptional gourmet experience. Think clean and elegant and complex flavours: freshly shucked oysters with yuzu kosho infused vinegar, thinly sliced seared tuna with prosciutto and shisho, salmon roe and egg yolk sauce or tender wagyu beef, served with warm sake. This menu is seasonal and fresh so you’ll be treated to an incredible surprise no matter when you visit.
Address: 102/21 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000
#3 Mr Wong
If you’re in Sydney, you can’t miss this ultimate food experience. Mr Wong is a mecca for locals who love Cantonese-style dumplings, elevating the humble dim sum to immortal status.
What makes it unique: Tucked on a back alley between George and Pitt Streets, Mr Wong’s industrial interior design offers a trendy and cool atmosphere, reminiscent of 1930s jazz-era Shanghai.
What makes it unforgettable: The crisp, fresh and exceptional food with unexpectedly wonderful flavour combinations. Here’s what you’ll find here: simple yet refined dumplings, wrapped in delicate noodles, king crab dumplings, Peking duck pancake, and Matcha Tres Leches dessert. The king prawn and bamboo shoot dumpling gets our salivation glands working overtime just thinking about them.
Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
#4 Spice World
Ready for something a little different (okay, maybe a lot different)? This out-of-this-world restaurant is a taste of modern China in all its weird glory.
What makes it unique: Chinese hot pots are always lots of delicious, spicy fun. But Spice World is maybe the only place where you’ll find a Barbie doll, elegantly dressed in marbled Wagyu beef, ready for you to pick off and place into your gently boiling Sichuan broth.
What makes it unforgettable: Spice World’s ‘sauce buffet’ includes every type of sauce you can imagine, as well as delightful, quirky stock cubes in the shape of Hello Kitty and teddy bears.
Address: 405-411 Sussex St, Haymarket NSW 2000
A one of a kind food experience you won’t forget, Mjølner is a Viking-themed whiskey bar and restaurant, kitted out with a lavish interior worthy of Norse gods.
What makes it unique: Drink beer out of horns and pick your weapon (knife) at the door. Inside, you’ll find whiskies galore, Nordic-inspired cocktails, waiters dressed in fur, jewels and Viking helmets, and impressive long tables decorated with Viking horns and swords.
What makes it unforgettable: You’ll eat like a Viking king. Tuck into divine creative dishes from the carvery, including delicious tender pork belly, short ribs, rotisserie corn-fed chicken, whole-grilled trout with garlic and chives, or stuffed pumpkins with marinated bullhorn pepper and cashew curd.
Address: 267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016
It’s time to party like it’s 1944. Kittyhawk is a unique French bistro-style bar that, like a time capsule, perfectly captures the vibe of US and French troops celebrating the end of WWII on Liberation Day in the streets of Paris.
What makes it unique: This bar recreates a retro French military aesthetic with incredible attention to detail. The little touches here and there make for an impressive atmosphere, from the authentic wartime posters and hand-dyed khaki leather booths to the old-timey champagne glasses and soft, 1940’s-style upholstery. Throughout the space, thoughtful touches like WWII squadron hats, stately antique mirrors, vintage French tiles and Morse code devices bring the retro theme to life.
What makes it unforgettable: The 12-metre long bar is handcrafted, solid American oak and stocked with more than 900 spirits. The menu is designed like an airplane manual for ‘official use only’, filled with an impressive list of creative cocktails and decadent, contemporary French food. Think authentic French fries, savoury doughnuts, and fluffy French onion soup bread sticks that are divine when dipped in the rich beef jus soup.
Address: 16 Phillip Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
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