My wife and I will be visiting Sydney and Queenstown later this year. We'll have 3 nights in Sydney and 4 nights in Queenstown. I've read the recent board threads on Sydney and Queenstown (though there doesn't seem to be much recent or detailed comments on Queenstown) and looked at the SMH Good Food Guide. I think I'm fairly settled in Queenstown as food won't be the priority, but would welcome any comments or recent good experiences.
For Sydney, I think I've determined our primary meals, but have a few questions.
To provide some context and comparison points for what kind of restaurants we like using London as a reference (I recognize several frequent posters from the UK board), we love The Ledbury, Harwood Arms, Texture and Terroirs. For the U.S. we prefer the style of places like Manresa to that of Alinea (though both are excellent).
Here's the preliminary itinerary:
Friday Lunch on arrival day- Quay
Friday dinner- open (may be too tired for a meal)
Saturday Dinner- Sixpenny
Thursday Dinner- A Tavola (last night on trip)
Considering dinner at Chiswick or Fix St. James on our arrival night. I have Love Tilly Devine, Wine Library, and 10 William St on the list for wine bars and mid-day or early evening snacks.
What great coffee or breakfast options are in The Rocks area (staying at Four Seasons so would like options within 15-20 minutes of walking or short taxi ride for a full breakfast place)?
Sixpenny appeals due to it being out of the main part of Sydney and the more stripped down vibe/style of the restaurant. Does the dining experience warrant making the trip to Stanmore versus the closer and more heralded options (Sepia, Rockpool)? Do restaurants in Sydney mind calling a taxi for guests at the end of the night?
Are there any mid-level restaurants that one would recommend for dinner over Chiswick or A Tavola (thinking $225-$250 total including wine)?
What casual places would one suggest for a light meal following lunch at Quay (within walking/short taxi from our hotel as we'll likely be exhausted by this time)?
Thank you in advance for any comments and advice and I'll be sure to report on our experience upon return.