Australia

Restaurants in Australia

Restaurants in Australia are known for their variety of international cuisines. Their food has a certain British influence, but also many Asian styles have become popular in the urban areas. Saffron is known to be one of the best Indian places in Darwin. It is contemporary style with authentic Indian cooking. There is an array of vegetarian choices, but also great chicken dishes for the main course, lamb, and local caught barramundi fish. For local cuisine with a French twist, try Mojo’s in Queensland. Remi Pougeard-Dulimbert and Michael Hart joined forces for the restaurant at the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest. They do specialties as gnocchi with blue cheese, chilli soft shell crab, and pork belly spring rolls.

Australia restaurants offer excellent views. For the best views on Station Pier in Melbourne, dine at My Dog Café. The place serves great human food, and dog treats as well. The Stirling Hotel’s recent renovations make the establishment a beautiful place to dine. It offers a bistro with upmarket pub food, and a fine restaurant that serves regional cuisine. It is always packed and one of the best restaurants in Australia.

To get to this vineyard-framed estate, board a deluxe catamaran in Hobart harbor, cruise up the Derwent River, between sedimentary mudstone cliffs populated by white-bellied eagles and peregrine falcons, past the occasional pod of migrating whales, then dock in the rural town of Woodbridge.

Every year, the Clyde River estuary supplies nearly 12 million Sydney Rock and Native Flat oysters to restaurants across Australia. Here, the farm that harvests the oysters also serves them.

If this Bondi Beach restaurant had a motto, it might be “by the sea and of the sea.” Opened in 2002, it's located by the sea, specifically atop the South Bondi cliffs in what used to be a swimming club.

De Bortolii Vineyards' Italian restaurant looks big-city formal but is a casual venue for wines and roast skate.

Chef-author Christine Manfield is no newbie to the Sydney food scene; she once owned former Sydney restaurant Paramount and returned to Oz after a stint in London, opening Universal in 2007. The menu and wine list defy categorization, reflecting the influence of Manfield’s travels.

An institution in Paddington, the bar and grill at the Royal Hotel has been serving locals for over 30 years.

For the ultimate seaside picnic, head to the one-stop deli to pick up delicious ready-made meals (moussaka; pâtés; chicken-and-leek pies), freshly baked breads, and a variety of top-notch peninsula wines, including Stonier Reserve Chardonnay and Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir.

Lebrina sits in an 1840's cottage that has never been gutted to create an open space. Instead, guests dine in homey, intimate, old-world rooms, surrounded by antiques.

If you somehow feel lighter after a three-hour meal at Circa, it's because everything here seems to glide. The service is effortless and efficient, the room is a study in crisp white linens, and chef Andrew McConnell's menu hits all the right notes.