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2 weeks in Perth / Sydney / Melbourne


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2 weeks in Perth / Sydney / Melbourne

rastan | Jan 9, 2007 05:51 PM

I'm going to be in Australia for a couple of weeks, and I'm looking for some restaurant advice. Open to just about anything, as long as the food is good. I'll probably avoid the more upscale restaurants, unless the food is stellar. If a place is distinctively "Australian", then that's a plus. Ethnic food is great - I'm coming from Los Angeles... so I'd be excited to try anything that would be new to me. I've heard that some cuisine in Australia can be superior to what I can find in LA (e.g. Thai), while other food is not necessarily as good as in LA (e.g. Japanese). I'm curious if that is true or not.

Looking through old posts, here is what I've got so far. Please feel free to comment about these places, or strike/add any restaurants. Locations are in parenthesis, cuisine is in brackets:

No 44 King Street (East Perth)
Lamonts (East Perth) [upscale]
Little Creatures (Fremantle) [Brewery]

I've got very little to go with for Perth. Any additional suggestions are welcome!

Long Grain (85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills) [Thai/Chinese, [upscale]
Salt (229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst) [upscale]
Pier (594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay) [Modern Australian, upscale]
Aqua Dining (underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge) [Australian]
Celsius [Modern Australian, upscale]
Redgum Restaurant (624 Military Road, Mosman) [Australian/Aboriginal]
Tetsuya's (529 Kent Street) [upscale? mixed reviews?]
bill's (433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst) [breakfast]
Upper Crust [meat pies]
Harry's Cafe De Wheels (Woolloomooloo) [meat pies]
Iceberg's (Bondi Beach) [drinks only?]
Doyle's (Watson Bay) [seafood]
Australian Hotel (The Rocks) [kangaroo pizza, beer]

Most of the places I'm hearing about in Sydney are upscale. I'd like to find some other options (thai? aboriginal?), as well as something else in Bondi? Or Manly?

Pacific Seafood BBQ House (8/240 Victoria Street, Richmond) [Vietnamese]
Cafe Di Stasio (31 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda) [Italian]
The Bathhouse (St. Kilda)
Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone (557 St Kilda Rd) [Belgian beers/food]
Claypots (St. Kilda) [fish cooked-to-order, buy wine from nearby Cleanskins]
Acland Street (St. Kilda) [cake shop]

I'm going to be staying in St. Kilda, so I've got a few places to start with. Still - I'd like to hear about more, plus I'm open to anything else that is worth the hike!

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