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Lifestyle : Dining With A View
1HERSA1 E013 With a spectacular waterfront location in Drummoyne, ECCO Ristorante offers a unique venue to host your next gathering whether it be an intimate dinner, group function, cocktail party or wedding celebration. Phone 9719 9394 | Website www.ecco.com.au Enquiries email@example.com | Address 2 St Georges Crescent, Drummoyne www.laboheme.net.au 332 Darling Street, Balmain, 2041 Phone: 9810 0829 Traditional European Fare - Roasted Duck, Crispy Pork Knuckle, Selection of Schnitzels, Apple Strudel & more Large selection of European Beers. Try something new this winter!!! Daily specials available. New sister restaurant open in Woolloomooloo. Check the web site AG3899104AA-100511 The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, May 10, 2011 13 good living dining with a view special report Food with altitude Breathtaking vistas and diverse dishes come together at Sydney's towering dining rooms, writes Ellen Connolly. Top drawer . . . (above) the city sights from Summit restaurant at Australia Square; overlooking the harbour from Altitude restaurant. Photo: Steve Lunam I n a good-looking city such as Sydney, one of the best ways to appreciate the scenery is to seek a good vantage point way up in the air. Even better if you can eat and drink well at the same time. Perched 36 levels up, with floor- to-ceiling windows, Altitude restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks, has one of Sydney's best bird's-eye views. The vista takes in the classic harbour icons -- the bridge, the Opera House -- and far beyond. Chef Steve Krasicki's autumn menu highlights lots of seasonal ingredients, such as chestnuts matched with seared scallops, pumpkin and sage, or pine mushrooms with venison. Another towering dining option is Summit Restaurant in Australia Square, the iconic, Harry Seidler- designed building. Diners here not only get a 360-degree aerial view -- but a revolving one. The fine-dining restaurant, on the 47th floor, turns at a rate of one metre a minute and takes 70 minutes to do a full revolution. During that time, guests are treated to a panoramic view of Sydney, from the harbour to Olympic Park and, on a clear day, the Blue Mountains. British chef Michael Moore is in charge of the menu, which includes an impressive array of seafood. The restaurant is popular with out-of- towners so it is best to book here well in advance. The revolving restaurant on level five of the Blacktown Workers Club, Hi-Lights, isn't as high up as the Summit but has views to the mountains and back to the city skyline, with well-priced meals. Among Sydney's other elevated restaurants are some hidden, and possibly forgotten, gems, including 25th Floor in the Bayview Boulevard Hotel (formerly the Boulevard), on William Street. With sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens, this restaurant and bar is a step back in time to the 1980s, when it played host to celebrities including Liza Minnelli, Cliff Richard and the Beach Boys. Another lesser-known high-rise venue is the Buena Vista Cafe Bar, in the Supreme Court of NSW building in the city. It's a popular haunt for lawyers, barristers and litigants and the public are welcome, though be prepared to pass through security screening. Take the lift to the 14th floor and soak up fabulous views of Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour. The bistro-canteen-style dining area with a menu to match has plenty of tables and the food ranges from coffee, snacks and sandwiches to more substantial meals, which you can enjoy with a glass of wine.
Taste of Seafood 2011