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Honeymoon in Oz

Going to Australia on my honeymoon in September for three week and was hoping to get some restaurant recommendations. We're going to be in Sydney, Port Douglas, Tasmania (Hobart/Starahan), Melbourne, and the great ocean road.

I definitely want to do at lease one nice meal in each city and these restaurants seem easy to find and read reviews about. Pier in Sydney, Lebrina in Hobart, The Press Club in Melbourne, etc...

What I am having trouble finding are casual/hip places like we have, where I live, in New York. Places like, David Chang's restaurants (Momofuku Ssam Bar), The Spotted Pig, and Casa Mono. We are very into asian, gastro pubs, places that make great offal, tapas, seafood (I hear it is great all over australia), street meat and at least one bushtucker place. Refined is good, but I couldn't eat like this night after night.

We will be staying in the center of each of these cities.

Any help with with recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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  1. some ideas on this board
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/54093...

    In Sydney, for more relaxed, cheaper meals consider ducking in to china town (southern end of CBD) for ramen kan (japanese), red hot chilli (szechuan), korean bbq, vietnamese (especially pho). Fishface for a cheaper deal on seafood. also consider heading over toward darlinghurst where there are diners, cafes, restaurants galore - something for nearly any style and occasion.

    1. In Melbourne try Mo Vida for tapas, for cheap and cheerful (and excellent) Vietnamese food head to Victoria street it is lined with restaurants, I have not been there but am hearing great things about St Judes Cellars

      1. For casual/hip places in Sydney, it's pretty hard to go past Surry Hills these days:

        * Bodega - for tapas
        * Billy Kwong - for Asian
        * Toko - for Japanese
        * Pizza e Birra - for pizza/Italian
        * Red Lantern - for Vietnamese
        * Longrain - for Thai

        In Darlinghurst/Potts Point, you might also want to check out:

        * A Tavola - for Italian
        * Onde - French bistro
        * Fish Face - seafood
        * Universal - Modern Australian
        * Lotus - Modern Australian
        * Cafe Sopra - for Italian

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        1. In Port Douglas, Sassi at Bale has a good repuation. Nautilus is very romantic....its an tropical outdoor place - http://www.nautilusrestaurant.com.au/
          If you are prepared to drive a little further then Nu Nu at Palm Cove is awesome as well as quite romantic - the perfect honeymoon spot.

          1. I am a huge fan of Lord Nelson's Brewery in the Rocks in Sydney..imo, one of the best gastro pubs in Australia.

            www.lordnelsonbrewery.com