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Apr 9, 2008 03:40 AM

One day in Sydney?

For a 28 hour stopover in Sydney I'm hoping to put together a good day's eating. I'm especially interested in Asian cuisines and fresh seafood but would be open to places that are unique to the city. Since I'll be alone, street stalls and casual places would be ideal but I'd be willing to splurge for the right meal. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Lunch - Spice am I - casual dining on the footpath - great thai - reputedly the best in Sydney.

    Dinner - Pier - up-market fish restaurant on a pier over the water - Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year (I believe)

    Two great contrasts.

    1. OK, for 28 hours this is what i'd suggest. Start the day with the "Bondi to Bronte" walk then breakfast at any one of Sydney's very laid back cafes - Aqua Bar on Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach or Bills Darlinghurst (for Ricotta Hotcakes) or Sugar Cafe, Nelson St Bondi Junction.
      Splurge for lunch at "Pier" but instead of main part of restaurant, book at the Tasting Room - it is in the front section and has a lovely long bar to sit at which is perfect if you are on your own. Great outlook over Rose Bay during the day. Best seafood in Sydney if not Australia. Very expensive but quite special. Could also do dinner here.

      For dinner try Longrain (Martin Boetz, modern Thai). Great big share tables, perfect for lone diners. Delicious Thai food (betel leaf appetizer a specialty) and a famous Caprioska.
      Or you could go to "Rockpool (fish)" which is a re-incarnation of Rockpool. The decor has changed as has the menu and the prices have come down a little. We have been twice since it re-opened in November and found it absolutely brilliant. Must-haves are the Goat cheese tortelline with prawn and brown butter, the crab omelette and any fish he does with a red curry or sambal.

      Or you could go to "Flying Fish" Jones Bay Wharf - funky innovative seafood restaurant with a great vibe and beautiful water view. we went last night and had the degustation menu - it was really exciting food. we hadnt been for a while and really had a meal worth going back for. they also do brilliant whole crays and crabs (with fabulous sauces) as well as a sashimi bar. Many of our dishes last night were outstanding - a seared scallop with a black truffle wafer and cauliflower panna cotta was seriously delicious.

      I cuold really go on and on...