5 Sydney foodie experiences for your next visit

Nikki ParkinsonTravel 19 Comments

I may be able to sniff out a shopping or spa opportunity on any given holiday or weekend escape but another special skill I have is seeking out good foodie experiences.

It’s no secret that I love food, whether that’s eating out or cooking up a storm at home.

Just quietly, I don’t mind an accompanying cocktail or vino either.

So, when in Sydney recently (hosted by Destination New South Wales), I was super excited to discover some great foodie experiences that you may want to add to your hit list when next visiting the harbour city.

Speaking of said harbour, I stayed for the first time at the Autograph Collection Pier One Hotel right on the waterfront near the Sydney Harbour Bridge and within view of Luna Park and the Sydney Opera House.

My inner yogi even got a workout with that view at sunrise. That’s an unbeatable way to start the day in a city.

Sunrise yoga at Autograph Hotel's Pier One Sydney

My room was spacious but without a view. My hot tip if you were heading to Sydney for a special occasion would be to spring for a room that really did take advantage of the waterside location. The Harbour View Balcony Suite would do very nicely indeed.

Harbour Balcony Suite Pier One

Photo: @pieronesydney

But back to the Sydney foodie experiences …

5 Sydney foodie experiences

1. Pier One Hotel. We didn’t eat dinner at The Gantry at Pier One but the breakfast buffet was a winner. Best buffet mushrooms I’ve had in a long time. Loved the addition of options such coconut yoghurt and I have it on good authority that the pastry offerings were top notch. I can also report that the bar served up a mean espresso martini.

Espresso martini at The Gantry Pier One Sydney

2. InterContinental Double Bay HotelA bitterly cold evening on the harbour in a water taxi could not even take away from the glam factor of this bayside destination. Using the power of imagination on the hotel’s rooftop pool bar, I envisioned balmy, summer afternoons and cool, fruity cocktails. Instead, we had gas heaters and warm spiced apple pie cocktails served in tea cups. Same, same … almost.

InterContinental Double Bay Sydney Rooftop pool and bar

Downstairs in the Stockroom Restaurant, it was all about pork and cider, a very pleasing combination on any evening but especially on a cold one.

Roast pork | The Stockroom | InterContinental Double Bay Sydney

Dessert was served in the Stillery next door. I said yes to a baby espresso martini. How could I not?

Baby espresso martini | Distillery InterContinental Double Bay Sydney

3. Kitchen by Mike. I really did not know what to expect at this Rosebery “canteen”. I was hoping for good food … whole food that you just want to keep eating because it tastes just so damn amazing. Let’s just say, Mike had me at the butter.

Kitchen by Mike | butter

A big, solid wheel of butter that the gluten lovers in our group spread over fresh sourdough. Me? I was treated to a gluten-free slice buckwheat bread – like a thin, dense rye – so I was very happy indeed.

What followed was the best pumpkin I’ve ever eaten, a salad that had me vowing to use black sesame seeds more often and chicken I wish I had more space for.

Roasted pumpkin | Kitchen by Mike | Rosebery, Sydney

Chicken | Kitchen by Mike | Roseberry, Sydney

Cucumber and sesame salad | Kitchen by Mike | Rosebery, Sydney

Flourless chocolate cake was served in the physic garden as Mike (McEnearney – former executive chef at Rockpool) himself guided us through the making of health-giving tonics.

Kitchen by Mike | Flourless chocolate cake | Rosebery, Sydney

4. Black Star Pastry. In the same warehouse precinct is this famous bakery. To call it a bakery really does it a dis-service. Christopher Thé – the chef behind Black Star – describes himself as a laid back perfectionist. We got to witness this when he lead my gluten-enabled friends in a pastry-making class.

Black Star Pastry | Rosebery, Sydney

I wasn’t left hanging on just the smell of pastry cooking though. No, Black Star’s famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake with Rose Scented Cream is gluten-free and loved by all who indulge. And indulge people do – 2000 pieces are sold every day.

Gluten-free Strawberry Watermelon Cake with Rose Scented Cream | Black Star Pastry, Rosebery, Sydney

5. Archie Rose Distillery. While strictly not food, it’s the next best thing … and positioned right next to Kitchen by Mike and Black Star Pastry, so the perfect end to an afternoon’s feast, yes? This is Australia’s only urban independent distillery.

Archie Rose Distillery | Rosebery, Sydney

Walk through the doors and to the left is a bar; to the right, the distillery. Archie Rose produces vodka, gin and rye and there is no better place to sample it than in its bar – it has an underground, almost-secretive-type feel. I’ll be back to stay longer. Mr SY has insisted.

Archie Rose Distillery | Rosebery, Sydney

Archie Rose Distillery | Rosebery, Sydney

So tell me, what other Sydney foodie experiences should we add to our destination list? 

I was a guest of Destination New South Wales when experiencing these venues.  

Comments 19

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  2. I highly recommend Cafe Sydney, also comes with a gorgeous Harbour View. A little out of the centre of Sydney is One Penny Red in Summer Hill. Great food and they do THE best gin and tonics!

  3. How good was our Sydney trip?! So many amazing places experienced in such a short time. Loved it! Another place that Mr and Mrs Romance have taken me to that I think you’d like is The Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills – fabulous coffee and brunch. x

  4. your trip to Sydney looks great!
    love the look of pier one and location just gorgeous!
    last time we were returning our hire car and I was busting!!!
    I pulled up near the woolloomooloo wharf and ran along to see if a toilet was to be had! but alas no! …desperate! … but a very helpful waitress from one of the restaurants came to my aid and ushered me quickly into the toilet! forever grateful woman here! afterwards I sauntered back past the patrons trying to gain some form of composure! … just smile!;0
    have to say that whole complex looked amazing!
    enjoy! love m:)X

  5. I actually live in the same street as the original Black Star Pastry in Newtown: Australia Street- how’s that for an address? Anyway, I’d recommend a visit to this lovely little store if you’re in the area. Just get there early to avoid the lines that are in situ every weekend from around 11.00am.

    We had a really enjoyable random light dinner at Bistro Mozart in the Opera House on Sunday night. A couple of glasses of wine and some tasty sharing plates made a great warming escape from the Vivid crowds. I think Matt Moran and the Aria crowd have taken over management of this offering as it was a step up from what was there previously.

    While reluctant to give away too many of my favourite eateries, lately we’ve loved Alpha in the city for a great Greek food fix; The Stinking Bishops for fabulous cheese boards; and The Bach Eatery for an NZ theme of excellent sharing plates. For breakfast and brunch our favourites are Cuckoo Callay by Newtown Station or Brighton the Corner in Petersham.

  6. Omg I live in Sydney and have never eaten at any of these gorgeous places but I’m going to recify that Nikki.
    I can highly recommend Doyles on the beach at Watsons bay if seafood is your thing.
    PS thank you for your faux fur vest post,I realised my vest was too bulky for me so I’m giving it to my sister and I went and bought a new thinner one yesterday,thank you so much Nikki,have a great day Xx

  7. Billy Kwong (Macleay St Potts Point), The Apollo (Macleay St Potts Point) and Fratelli Paradisio (Challis Avenue Potts Point). My son lives in Potts Point and we eat at these places regularly. They are also listed in the top 50 restaurants in Sydney and are really great value too.

  8. Thank you Nikki for making me drool while I (very regretfully) eat my brekky oats! That pumpkin looks amazing!

  9. I’ve never been to any of those places and they’re almost on my doorstep! This is something I will have to rectify forthwith! I need some of that Strawberry Watermelon Cake in my life and in my belly!

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