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.

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

Munch on wood-fired pizza here.

Just down the street from Coogee Beach, this cash-only seafood joint serves an unusually varied menu compared to the average fish-and-chips restaurant.

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.

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.

Perched on Watego Beach in Cape Byron State Conservation Park, this alfresco seafood café with prime ocean views is the flagship restaurant for Rae’s on Watego's Hotel. The terrace has the best seating, with rows of white linen-tables overlooking the tree-lined beach.

Fresh regional dishes such as Spring Bay scallops in a leek-and-thyme butter sauce.

Don't miss the flaky multilayered börek filled with everything from spiced lamb to leeks.