Restaurants in Australia

  • Casey Jones

    Casey Jones

    Gunghalin locals can’t get enough of Casey Jones, a vibrant establishment raisin...

  • Osteria Antica

    Osteria Antica

    Italian by name and cosmopolitan by nature, Osteria Antica on Booth Street in An...

  • The Old Butcher Shop Cafe

    The Old Butcher Shop Cafe

    Delicious food made with fresh local produce and a family-friendly environment a...

  • Daily Bean Cafe

    Daily Bean Cafe

    Found inside Oran Park Podium shopping centre, opposite Woolworths, is Daily Bea...

  • Firehouse Restaurant

    Firehouse Restaurant

    Tucked away in the Country Comfort Hotel of Inner City Perth, is the welcoming a...

  • Glen Iris Pantry

    Glen Iris Pantry

    A staple in Glen Iris for near on three decades, be sure to drop by Glen Iris Pa...

  • Copper Blue

    Copper Blue

    For a taste of the Mediterranean in Coorparoo, drop by Copper Blue on Old Clevel...

  • Brouhaha Brewery Restaurant

    Brouhaha Brewery Restauran...

    Founded by locals, discover Brouhaha Brewery nestled among the sweeping landscap...

  • Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Syracuse Restaurant & Wine...

    Tucked down a Melbourne laneway, Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar evokes a who...

  • Bistro22

    Bistro22

    After a round of lawn bowls with friends at Camden Sports Club, head inside to c...

  • Carino Tapas Bar

    Carino Tapas Bar

    Chatting groups of North Melbourne foodies are transported to the quaint back al...

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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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