Restaurants in Australia

  • Goodchaps Cafe

    Goodchaps Cafe

    Tourists and locals alike seeking a bite to eat after a swim at Noosa Heads beac...

  • William's Artisan Bread & Espresso

    William's Artisan Bread & ...

    Follow the alluring smell of freshly baked bread and artisan coffee to William&#...

  • Esco Pazzo

    Esco Pazzo

    Whilst traveling along the Old Hume Hwy, be sure to make a pit stop at locally l...

  • Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel

    It’s difficult to get accolades better than this; a heritage listed building and...

  • Polperro Bistro & Cellar Door

    Polperro Bistro & Cellar D...

    Nestled among sprawling vines in the heart of Red Hill wine country, Polperro Bi...

  • Brandy Creek Estate Restaurant

    Brandy Creek Estate Restau...

    An age old Brazilian cooking custom comes to Drouin in Gippsland Lakes via Brand...

  • Bargara Beach Bakehouse

    Bargara Beach Bakehouse

    Residing along Bauer Street in the sleepy town of Bargara, just a short drive fr...

  • Juan Burrito

    Juan Burrito

    When in Victoria’s suburb of Armadale, be sure to take a stroll down High Street...

  • Videre

    Videre

    Situated on level 21 of RACV's Royal Pines Resort, the award-winning Videre ...

  • Wolfe & Molone

    Wolfe & Molone

    Residing on the corner of Centre Road in Melbourne’s suburb of Bentleigh is mode...

  • SaltVine

    SaltVine

    Bringing Middle Eastern flavours to the trendy food precinct of Surry Hills, Sal...

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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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