Cafe Sydney's interior is an elegant mix of dark brown timbers, ebony hues and hints of stainless steel. The restaurant wraps around the central atrium of the building and has been built on split levels to maximise the view. Patrons dine at exquisite oak tables and relax in chairs upholstered in the finest fabrics imported from New York.
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To put it quite simply, Cafe Sydney is spectacular. Sitting atop the historical Customs House at Circular Quay, this casually elegant fine diner encompasses cutting edge design, million dollar views and a menu of contemporary classics that defines Sydney's love of drinking and dining. Elevators smoothly shuttle diners up to the fifth floor, where the doors slide back to reveal a lively hub of activity. The super-stylish Cafe Sydney Lounge beckons with a tempting list of cocktails and a birds-eye view of the action in the open kitchen. Yet it is on the main dining floor and through to the open air terrace that the inspired menu and breathtaking views of the harbour await.
Cafe Sydney opens from midday every day, except Saturday, and lunch seamlessly rolls on through to dinner. Executive chef, Matt Bates, has designed a smart menu that is based around seasonal produce, with an emphasis on seafood. Freshly shucked oysters on ice with an eschalot and caramelised cabernet vinegar will get you in the mood in more ways than one, while seared scallops with tomato, pickled cucumber and lemon are another tastebud tempter. The use of a wood-fired grill and Tandoori oven lend a unique flavour to the mains menu. Peppered venison with roast eschalot and beetroot tart tarin, horseradish cream and jus is a delicious departure from the seafood offerings. You'll be looking for a reason to linger on, so order the dessert platter to share and settle in to finish your wine as you watch the city lights reflect off the harbour.