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Lifestyle : Dining With A View
1HERSR1 E010 ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet from $49.50 Kids eat free Mondays & Tuesdays the best seat in the house, every time with 360° rotating views Contemporary a la carte dining Lunch from $30. Dinner from $75 360 Bar and Dining & Sydney Tower Buffet between Pitt & Castlereagh St, Sydney www.sydneytowerdining.com.au p: 8223 3800 ask us about Sky Venue - the highest event space in the southern hemisphere 10 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 The Sydney M Served with a side of scenery Diners seeking food in spectacular settings can choose from venues spread across Sydney and surrounds, writes Ellen Connolly. W hether you want to impress friends from overseas, surprise a partner for a special birthday or simply bask in Sydney's beauty, restaurants across the city serve delicious food with a scenic backdrop. For a long, sun-drenched afternoon of wine and Mediterranean-style food, Manly Pavilion is ideal. It is inspired by the glamour of Italy's Amalfi Coast, so be sure to book a table on the marble terrazzo balcony, where the azure waters are within arm's reach. For a casual, breezy beach-house feel, Le Kiosk sits metres from the sands of Shelly Beach, while Manly Wharf Hotel and Hugos Manly are a short skip from the ferry wharf. At The Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral Beach, chef Serge Dansereau serves beauty on the plate with the beachside vista. Just north of Manly, at Freshwater, chef Giovanni Pilu transports diners back to his birthplace of Sardinia with Pilu at Freshwater's award- winning menu, including the signature roast suckling pig. Despite its posh postcode, The Boathouse at Palm Beach has a down-to-earth atmosphere. Sit at picnic tables on the wooden deck, drink in the tranquil views of Pittwater and be sure to order the battered fish and chips. More exclusive, but also with postcard-worthy scenery, is Jonah's at Whale Beach. On the harbour, Aqua Dining has sparkling views of North Sydney Olympic Pool or opt for nearby Ripples at Milsons Point. It is BYO (wine only), so don't forget to take your favourite bottle. Crossing the bridge into the city, you'll find top-notch harbourside restaurants -- Quay, Guillaume at Bennelong and Aria -- which boast stunning views and food by acclaimed chefs. For more casual dining, Opera Kitchen is the new food-court precinct on the lower concourse of the Opera House. Choices include Misschu, an outpost of the hole-in- wall Darlinghurst Vietnamese restaurant; Charlie & Co from Justin North of Becasse; and Kenji Japanese. To wow visitors from out of town, Cafe Sydney never disappoints and at Woolloomooloo Wharf, the row of restaurants, including Otto Ristorante, attracts a who's who of patrons surveying the water views. In the city's east, at Rose Bay institution Catalina, the well-to-do guest list enjoys harbour scenery and impeccable service. Nearby is the popular Pier Restaurant, while downstairs is an outdoor waterfront cafe, perfect for breakfast or lunch in the sun. For a child-friendly option, Rushcutters Bay Kiosk at Rushcutters Bay Park, Darling Point, attracts hordes of pram-wheeling mums and dads. special report dining with
Taste of Seafood 2011