Restaurants with Alfresco Dining in Australia

  • Insieme Ristorante

    Insieme Ristorante

    Tucked between Adelaide City’s office buildings on Flinders Street is Insieme Ri...

  • Hanoi Mee Kitchen & Bar

    Hanoi Mee Kitchen & Bar

    Experience an explosion of exotic flavours at Hanoi Mee Kitchen & Bar on Rou...

  • Seasons at Cloudehill

    Seasons at Cloudehill

    Famed for picturesque gardens full of lush greenery, misty air and enchanting wo...

  • Alfresco Pizzeria

    Alfresco Pizzeria

    Open all year round, find Alfresco Pizzeria located on the lower concourse of th...

  • Molo Bar

    Molo Bar

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication at Molo Bar on Cowper Wharf Road at Wo...

  • Taphouse Mulberry Estate

    Taphouse Mulberry Estate

    Enjoy craft beer, WA wine and fine fare surrounded by lush gardens on the banks ...

  • District 3429

    District 3429

    Making headlines for all the right reasons, Sunbury locals love restaurant Distr...

  • Allure on Currumbin

    Allure on Currumbin

    Spoil yourself and loved ones with a touch of French culinary finesse in suave s...

  • Curry Leaves Indian Cuisine

    Curry Leaves Indian Cuisin...

    Fast becoming a local hot spot for authentic Indian fare is Curry Leaves Indian ...

  • Nimbo Fork Lodge Restaurant

    Nimbo Fork Lodge Restauran...

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

  • Pippies by the Bay

    Pippies by the Bay

    Located at the Flagstaff Hill visitor’s centre, Pippies by the Bay offers locals...

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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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