Restaurants in Australia

  • Walter's Lounge

    Walter's Lounge

    Venture down the southern end of Airlie Beach to Walter’s Lounge for a unique ex...

  • Caffe-Inne

    Caffe-Inne

    Inner-city Brisbane locals drop into Caffe-inne on Turbot Street for a coffee fi...

  • Main Street Burger Bar

    Main Street Burger Bar

    When tummies grumble around the Broadbeach area, follow the locals to Main Stree...

  • Phoenix on Unley

    Phoenix on Unley

    Newcomer on the Malvern block, Phoenix on Unley is turning heads with its innova...

  • Howard's Cantina

    Howard's Cantina

    Putting a gastronomy stamp on pub dining, Howard’s Cantina on Swanson Street is ...

  • The Shack Superfood Cafe

    The Shack Superfood Cafe

    After pumping iron at a nearby gym or going for a jog along the sand, head over ...

  • La Camera Southgate

    La Camera Southgate

    La Camera offers a touch of Italy among the riverside treetops in Southgate. Wit...

  • The Tamarind Restaurant

    The Tamarind Restaurant

    Set in lush rainforest near Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the award-w...

  • Cobblers

    Cobblers

    Fusing modern touches with country charm, Cobblers on Old Coast Road is one of M...

  • The Governor's Cafe

    The Governor's Cafe

    After taking a tour around the Old Castlemaine Gaol, head next door and grab a b...

  • Harvest Hotel

    Harvest Hotel

    Stop off in Echuca and join loyal locals for a hearty meal in the Harvest Hotel ...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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