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iole22 Mar 18, 2009 02:09 PM

A group of 6 of us are heading from New York to Sydney in May to celebrate the big 4-0.

Looking for recommendations for a great evening. Food is the priority. Atmosphere, view, service, etc., while appreciated, are secondary to great food (preferably local). Cost is not an issue. However, tasting menus may not be the best option, as two members of our party have food allergy issues (shellfish for one; gluten, peppers of all types, and dairy for another). The other four eat anything and everything!!

Through prior research, the following are among the top contenders, but please offer suggestions as needed:

Pier
Sean's Panaroma
Marque
Icebergs
Boathouse

Thank you in advance!!

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    iole22 Mar 26, 2009 02:24 PM

    Thanks for your input!

    It looks like we might do Pier for lunch and Boathouse for dinner.

    One of our party has also heard good things about the tasting menu at Deep Blue Bistro. Any thoughts/experiences with that?

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      mr_gimlet Mar 27, 2009 12:55 PM

      I haven't been, but I have heard it's very tourist friendly with outback flavours and stuff. It's in Coogee which is a nice beachside suburb

    2. kmh Mar 21, 2009 05:55 PM

      Sounds like you've done your research well!
      Happy birthday for May.

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      1. re: kmh
        brunelleschi Mar 23, 2009 07:51 AM

        Mr Gimlet picked the same 2 that i would from your list. They're the 2 places on that list ive had CONSISTENTLY good meals. That's important (you only get one 40th dinner!!!)
        However, here's my 2 cents
        if it were my birthday, id be eating at Pier or otherwise, Est. (the chefs from these two places are brothers and there are great similarities in their cooking) I prefer Pier's food, only slightly (because they usually have more than one raw fish dish at any given time), BUT Est is a much nicer room for dinner, with a more extensive wine list, far superior service and a great ambience. They also offer what they call "Chefs Menu". A 5 course menu with 4 choices for each course (this would suit your dietary dilemmas, while still having a multiple course dinner. which i think is fitting for a special occasion) Regardless of where you decide, would love to hear how it goes! Hope it's fantastic for you, B

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        mr_gimlet Mar 19, 2009 09:15 AM

        Pier or Marque from your list for an evening. Both should eb able to ahndle food allergy issues if you tell them.

        Possibly look at the new resurrected Rockpool, or Aria.

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