If there is one thing Australians like to do it’s eat out. They may eat out alfresco-style at the beach or park, with kids tumbling on the lawn nearby. They may sit in an outdoors café to have lunch with their friends, or take the kids to Maccas. Or they may call a baby-sitter, get dressed up and have dinner out at a fancy restaurant.
Talking of fancy restaurants how about taking a lift up 200 metres and then sitting in a revolving glass circle while you wait to be served a beautiful meal? That’s what you can do it you choose to dine out at the Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant. The panoramic view of Sydney and the Harbour makes waiting for the meal a time of joy and relaxation. Want something a little more jazzy? Try the lunchtime seafood Sydney Harbour cruise with live artists. If you book for 6 people you get a free bottle of wine.
Another high-flyer - up on the 35th floor of Hotel Sofitel in fact, Le Restaurant in Melbourne is a good choice for elegant dining out. Right on the corner of Exhibition and Collins Streets, you can’t miss it. Try Australian dishes of yabby or barramundi, or other carefully prepared seasonal dishes. Radii, Park Hyatt is another swanky place that will cost a fortune, but who cares if she says, Yes, when you pop the question. They serve Mediterranean style food amongst all the marble and mirrors.
If you are off to Adelaide you’ll have so many places to eat out that you will be spoiled for choice. The east end of Rundle Street is considered the place to be with it’s pavement dining, but if you fancy some fresh seafood, then Gouger Street is famous for it. For Middle Eastern cuisine, you’ll be better off checking out Hindley Street.
Perth has the most cafes and restaurants per capita than any other capital city in Australia and with their very own wine grown less than two hours drive away you can be sure of a great dining experience no matter where you go. Lamont’s will give you a beautiful water view along with sophisticated décor - and their specialty is marron. 11 Brown St, East Perth is the address. For Asian cuisine try The Red Teapot - yes, it really is called that. Cottesloe Beach has the Indiana Teahouse, while Fraser’s Restaurant has a perfect parkland setting and a great wine list.
For a taste of the territory, the adventurous might go up to Darwin and try some roo, croc, emu, camel, bugs, octopus or buffalo meat. That’s all at Cullen Bay Marina, right on the waterfront. You can also get Mexican, Asian and various other types of cuisine nearby.
Brisbanites seem to have a love affair with seafood as they have so many seafood restaurants. Some, like Bretts Wharf Seafood Restaurant and Watt Modern Dining, are right on the City Cat ferry run so are easy to access. Located within the Powerhouse Centre of live Arts, the latter is famed for its sandcrab ravioli and seared scallops.
So with all those wonderful restaurants out there just waiting for you to try them out, how do you choose? There are many more and some of them many people never find because they are tucked away in hidden corners. But wherever you go, you are sure to enjoy yourself.