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Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney

Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel
176 Cumberland Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
Tel : +61 2 9250 6123
Fax : +61 2 9250 6046
Chef: Matthew McCool
Price Range: $$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Awarded One Chef Hat- The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010-2011
A first class dining experience awaits from the dizzy heights of the Shangri-La’s 36th floor at Altitude. Overlooking Sydney’s most iconic attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour, Altitude is the perfect place for a special occasion. Apart from the picture-perfect views, the restaurant is equally noted for its sophisticated Modern Australian cuisine and well-rounded wine list.

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Situated on Level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, The Rocks.

Views! When you first take the elevator to the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel and walk into the super stylish Altitude Restaurant that is the first thought, and quite likely the first word, you will utter (and perhaps even repeat for some time). Through five-metre-high floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the restaurant shows off a one-of-a-kind Sydney cityscape, so you’d better prepare to dine with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House. The restaurant itself is styled in light cream colours, with clean lines and intricate glass chandeliers lending subtle regality.

Enjoy the journey not the destination – and this saying certainly rings true when the journey involves the five-star Shangri-La hotel in Sydney. Awarded the 2012 “Best Hotel in Australasia” in the Ultratravel100 Awards, this award-winning hotel, gives new meaning to the word luxury. Doormen at every entrance, polished marble floors, dress codes, dazzling chandeliers – these are but a few of the highlights involved in the dining experience at Shangri-La’s Altitude Restaurant.

Even at 6pm on a weeknight, Level 36 is in full swing. Tourists, hotel guests and corporates gather at Blu Bar, located just next door to Altitude, for a cocktail overlooking some of Australia’s most iconic attractions – Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and Sydney Harbour. Take a sharp right turn, however, and you will find yourself in the plush surrounds of the Altitude dining room.

Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, beautiful, dazzling, magnificent. You can throw around every superlative in the Oxford dictionary and it still won’t convey the view from a table at Altitude. My dining guest and I are escorted to an intimate table, perched beside the restaurant’s famous five-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows. Not for the feint hearted, my dear friend is quite nervous by the sheer drop but it is a small price to pay to experience one of the best views in Sydney.

You rarely find a decent chef behind the pots and pans at hotels, even eminent ones like the Shangri-La. At Altitude, however, things are different. Chef de Cuisine Matthew McCool. has created a contemporary menu of Australian and European influences. For the die-hard foodie, the seven-course epicurious menu comes highly recommended however the a la carte selection is equally as impressive. An amuse bouche of white asparagus, artichoke and watercress oil, complimentary of the chef, sets the lavish-scene of the evening. It is no secret that I detest soups of any sort however the depth of flavour contained in this gloriously viscous amuse bouche is the masterwork of a refined and experienced team. A half/half order of freshly shucked Sydney rock and Pacific oysters, coupled with a glammed-up version of a nicoise salad, featuring cured yellow fin tuna, pickled white asparagus and quail eggs is a tasteful reminder of the quality of Australian seafood. A dish of crispy skin John Dory with steamed mussels, braised beetroot, blood orange and fennel is not only visually stunning but also a palate pleaser however it is the dessert that steals my heart. The caramelised banana, banoffee mousse, peanut brittle and vanilla ice cream embodies what I can only imagine is the Shangri-La philosophy – luxury and decadence. The crunchy shards of peanut brittle and the sponginess of the banana work harmoniously with the sweet-as-banoffee-pie mousse and vanilla ice cream. For lovers of subtle desserts, try the butter poached pear, but if you’re partial to caramel, then the banana and peanut brittle is a must-order.

Anna Lisle

The menu is sophisticated and contemporary. Chef de Cuisine Matthew McCool. has created an inspirational Modern Australian menu with European influences. In addition to a superb a-la-carte menu, McCool has designed a seven course degustation to reflect the finest local and international flavours. Altitude also boasts an impressive wine list featuring Australian and international drops. 90% of the wines from a list of over 260 are from Australia and New Zealand, and the remaining include some of the best and rare Old World drops, representing good value and a unique selection.

Altitude Restaurant’s oval-shaped, glass encased private dining room seats up to 16 guests and offers unsurpassed views from every angle. A sheer veil can be drawn around the room for added privacy and soft lighting radiates from under-lit flooring.

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 One Chef’s Hat
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010/2011

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Velouté with Cauliflower, hazelnuts, truffle oil | $27.00

Salmon with Horseradish, watercress, pancetta soil | $28.00


Swordfish, corn, curry, coconut | $42.00

Kurobuta pork with Abalone, pea, radish, lavender | $42.00


Burnt honey mousse, lemon, sheep`s milk, thyme | $19.00

Banana and peanuts, white chocolate, caramel, crumble | $19.00

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white wine selection

2011 Domaine Schlumberger Pinot Gris¢¼ Alsace, France

glass | $13.00

2011 Craggy Range Avery Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

glass | $14.00

2009 Dr. Burklin-Wolf Trocken
bottle | $72.00

red wine selection

2012 Opawa Pinot Noir Marlborough, New Zealand

glass | $13.00

2007 Stoney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Coal River Valley, Tasmania

glass | $13.00

2009 Domaine Marechal, Chorey-les-Beaune
bottle | $115.00

sparkling wine selection

2009 Domaine Chandon Vintage Brut Yarra Valley, Victoria

glass | $14.00

dessert wine selection

2012 Keith Tulloch Botrytis Semillon Hunter Valley, NSW

glass | $14.00

2009 Château La Rame Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, France

glass | $18.00

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