Simon Leong's Recommendations

Best winery at Rockpool Bar and Grill
I recently tried some very nice wines from Smith + Shaw at Aria Restaurant so would love to visit their winery in South Australia. Failing that in the near future I can always count on Fix St James, glass at Hilton Sydney or Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney to find an impressive selection of Australian and international wines.
Best kept secret at Bistro Avoca
I'm a big fan of Bistro Avoca in Randwick for their lovely service and tasty comfort food dishes. I'd recommend sharing some Salt and pepper squid followed by the Beef fillet, pumpkin puree, dauphinois potato, brocollini, onion jam, muscat reduction and finish with the Homemade shortbread, vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce & honeycomb for an epic sugar hit.
Late night dining at Sea Bay Restaurant
I'll probably be banned from saying McDonalds so check out Sea Bay Restaurant on Pitt St opposite World Square for some pan fried dumplings. For lovers of all things pork I'd also highly recommend Mr Crackles in Darlinghurst for an yummy Crackles Classic Roll of crisp skinned slow roast 5 spiced pork belly served with vietnamese salad. You can also get a side of just crackling which is so good, yet so naughty.
Best cafe at The Chalkboard Cafe
For a nice relaxing café experience I like The Chalkboard Café in Waterloo. If you're hungry order The Waterloo Breakfast which is essentially their big breakfast. There's so many choices in Sydney for best coffee but to narrow it down I'd head to Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville, Vella Nero in the CBD or Dukes Lounge in Randwick. All are passionate about making great coffee for their customers. A buzzing breakfast spot is The Grounds of Alexandria which unfortunately does get crazy busy but I love the casual outdoor garden surrounds with lots of spots set up with tasty offerings. It's also located close to Salt Meats Cheese for some extra gourmet shopping on the way home.
Special occasion at Rockpool Bar and Grill
For a special occasion I love the décor and ambience of Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney with it's high ceiling and dim lighting but I'm also drawn to Sepia with its interesting and wonderful degustation and service that's impeccable.
Favourite international restaurant at est.
One of my favourite international restaurants in Sydney is est. with excellent service, grand décor and lovely presented dishes that are cooked well and taste great.
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