Modern Australian Restaurants in Australia

  • Kitchen8 Northgate

    Kitchen8 Northgate

    Located in the bustling Northgate business district, Kitchen8 is just what the B...

  • The Stables Restaurant & Bar

    The Stables Restaurant & B...

    Surround yourself with saddles, equestrian sculptures and innovative cuisine at ...

  • Monte Ale House

    Monte Ale House

    Rocking an industrial feel, cross-over bar and restaurant Monte Ale House on Mon...

  • Upstairs at the Lord

    Upstairs at the Lord

    Blurring the lines between pub and fine dining, Upstairs at The Lord on Kent Str...

  • Shelter

    Shelter

    Set in idyllic beachside Lennox Heads, Shelter on Pacific Parade beckons as a ho...

  • Twelve Stones

    Twelve Stones

    Alluring charm and historic appeal await guests at Twelve Stones on Ford Road in...

  • Cellar Door on First

    Cellar Door on First

    There's a new hot spot on the Mooloolaba food and wine scene with the openin...

  • Manta Restaurant and Bar

    Manta Restaurant and Bar

    Perched on the edge of Sydney’s sparkling harbour overlooking Woolloomooloo Whar...

  • Cobblers

    Cobblers

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

  • Nimbo Fork Lodge Restaurant

    Nimbo Fork Lodge Restauran...

    A little slice of the Hamptons awaits at Nimbo Fork Lodge Restaurant on Nimbo Ro...

  • The Hop Factory

    The Hop Factory

    For Newcastle's ultimate craft beer dining experience, swing by The Hop Fact...

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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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