As mentioned in a previous post, I'll be going on my honeymoon in Australia for about two weeks in early May. We're starting our trip in Sydney and ending in Melbourne, with the rest of the time spent in Uluru and Cairns. Obviously the two cities will be where we focus on food.
As some background, we're from NYC and like everything from super local hole-in-the-walls to fancy Michelin-starred temples of haute cuisine. As long as its delicious, we're down to try it. When traveling, we generally limit our focus on restaurants to dinners, while using breakfast/lunch to check out bakeries, cafes, and other quick eats that allow us to both focus on seeing the city while also trying a variety of different local specialties. That said, if something is a must-do, we're willing to spend some more time on lunch and/or brunch meals as well. On this particular trip, price is not an issue; in terms of cuisine, we'd like to stick for the most part to styles/cuisines that we either cant get in NY or are done much better in Australia. we're very into both coffee and cocktails, so recommendations along those lines would also be greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately, we only have 2 days and 2 nights in Sydney and I feel like I have about 2 month's worth of places I want to go to. Without further ado (I feel like I've already written too much), below are our researched itineraries, with question built in.
(1) Quay; this is a definite and we already have a reservation; Gilmore's playfulness and focus on texture are extremely appealing
(2) ????; so many options; considering Billy Kwong (between this and Flower Drum in Melbourne, which would you recommend?), Sepia (very intriguing but a little loath to do back-to-back large degustations); Sixpenny (heard great things and style is up our alley), Ester (maybe a good non-degustation place?), Ume or Tetsuyas (everyone seems to think its past its prime, but as the original premier Australian fine dining restaurant, it continues to hold some appeal)
-Bourke St. Bakery
-Black Star Pastry
-Flour and Stone
-N2 Extreme Gelato
-Cow and the Moon Gelato
any other must-dos?
So many great looking to choose from, what are the best? We care more about the coffee itself than the venue its served in; standing-room only places are fine
seems that Gumption gets a ton of good press, as does Workshop, Cabrito and Alchemy; any others?
-Eau de Vie
-Love Tilly Devine
Thanks so much in advance. I'll follow up with a post on Melbourne shortly