Published in the City Hub and City News.
Looking for a way to wow an overseas visitor, or perhaps just somewhere to impress the boss? Look no further than Jackie McMillan’s fabulous five...
Tomislav in Kings Cross
Overlooking the iconic Coke sign with a balcony above the glistening city, this is frightfully modern food. It’s slick, fun, and dreadfully hip whilst still avoiding pretension. With only thirty seats, bookings are a must. Perfectly placed to combine with some nightlife at Kings Cross.
La Scala on Jersey in Paddington
Darren Simpson’s modern Italian, produce driven cooking lets Australian produce – like bone marrow, scampi, sand whiting and beef - shine. Make a day of it with an afternoon of retail therapy in Paddington followed by drinks at the Light Brigade Hotel then a stellar meal up the stairs!
Baroque Bistro Patisserie at The Rocks
This modern French bistro uses Aussie ingredients, and also makes must-eat macarons – my favourite being the amazing Olive Oil and Vanilla ones. It’d be ideal to combine with a spot of sightseeing in The Rocks at any time of the day, as they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Restaurant Atelier at Glebe
Modern European dishes from a husband and wife team in a cute cottage set on Glebe’s niche shopping strip. Also boasts a really nice list of unusual Australian wines that are reasonably priced to boot. Degustation here is well priced and amazing; just don't eat a big lunch!
Bloodwood at Newtown
Designer, designer but in a Newtown kind of way! A bunch of stellar young chefs who got bored cooking for the rich, are now using excellent technique on comforting yet progressive dishes for the much younger and funkier Newtown crowd. Take in an indie band afterwards for the complete grunge experience.