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Dining with good wine options in Sydney and Melbourne

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Dining with good wine options in Sydney and Melbourne

JosefK | Jul 27, 2012 02:40 AM

I am going on a two week business trip to Australia in October where almost all meals are part of the trip. However I do have a few slots to fill up on my own. One lunch in Melbourne, two lunches and a dinner in Sydney. I have aleady booked Quay for Friday lunch in Sydney, leaving Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch. I have only been to Sydney once before and then I did really enjoy Rockpool bar and grill. I also dined at Waterfront and China Doll and had a lunch at Wine Odyssey. I enjoyed all of them even though none of them were on the same level as Rockpool. As lunch at Quay will be minimum three dishes my idea is to order a la carte in the evening. The restaurant I'm most interested in visitng is Tetsuya, but as I understood they only do tasting menus. Is it a must or should I leave it for a later visit?
I am also thinking about visiting one or several of the different Rockpool restaurants, is it worth visiting more than one on the same trip? Looking at the menus they seem to differ quite a bit from each other. I was also wondering if they differ between Melbourne and Sydney in terms of quality?
It is important that the restaurants have a good selection of wines and a bonus if they have a decent selection of half bottles and wine by the glass as i am dining alone.
For my lunch in Melbourne it will be on a Friday. Would one of the Rockpool esablishments be a good option?
In terms of food I am quite flexible as long as it is well made so I am very open minded here, fine dining, steak houses, Asian, seafood...

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