If you want to get to the heart of the Australian spirit, you probably can’t beat the extraordinary culinary display it has to offer. Be it the delicious cuisine of Adelaide, the best restaurants in Sydney or the taste of Melbourne cuisine. Prepare yourself for a feast! Here is a curated list of 10 gourmet restaurants that will delight your taste buds. While you’re there, explore the land’s original Australian flavors and check out these amazing top 10 restaurants in Australia.
Restaurants You Must Try in Australia
1. Museum Restaurant – Pokolbin, NSW
Muse Restaurant was opened in 2009 by husband-and-wife, Troy and Megan Rhodes-Brown. The pair have presented Australia’s Gastronome as an ideal destination, developing its growing reputation as a “gastronomic delight set in the Hunter Valley”.
environment: The best thing is the open kitchen concept of the decor.
Menu: The menu has been specially designed to feature fresh and local produce. The food is simple yet exciting. Remember to try the coconut sweets.
2. Friends Restaurant – Perth, WA
Friends Restaurant has been celebrated for being “the benchmark for fine dining in Perth”! The restaurant takes pride in presenting exquisite and rare dishes perfectly matched to its award-winning wine list. The hospitality is charming and the people are warm.
environment: Don’t miss this waterfront property overlooking the Swan River.
Menu: Enjoy a truffle degustation meal with matching wines that “exceeds expectations on all levels.”
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3. FermentAsian – Tanunda, SA
FermentAsian is the brainchild of Tuoi Do, an award-winning chef who owns the restaurant and who opened the location with plans to serve a special Southeast Asian menu inspired by his own Vietnamese roots. The heritage of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine is enshrined in the dishes prepared at FermentAsian.
Menu: The menu uses local produce and according to reviews, the dishes are “beyond delicious”. The chef’s table menu includes Hanoi spring rolls, grilled South Australian prawns and Barossa Hampshire pork belly.
4. Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar – Port Douglas, Queensland
The Watergate Restaurant and Lounge Bar is located in the center of Port Douglas. It is a charming piece of land, a property that offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The highlight of the place is the exquisite touch of executive chef Lee Neat.
Menu: The restaurant uses the best local produce and serves up “truly memorable” Australian dishes with excellent flair and adds a little modern twist. Don’t forget to try the duck pancake and cuttlefish entrée which are particularly popular. Spoil yourself with a cocktail, ask for whatever you want, the bartenders will make you everything you could possibly ask for!
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5. Spice Bar – Mooloolaba, Queensland
The Spice Bar brings together a lavish spread of “delicious and beautifully presented” Asian fusion cuisine. This is the main attraction. But don’t miss another Spice Bar highlight, the specially designed bar and dining area that overlooks a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Menu: Order the degustation menu—it’s a must. Also try the scallops and braised duck.
6. Nobu Japanese Restaurant – Perth, WA
Here’s a traditional blend of Japanese cuisine with South American flavors brought to you by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The food and flavors here are celebrated; It claims to be an “out of this world” unique dining experience for foodies.
Menu: You can go ahead and ask for recommendations and the friendly staff will suggest something delicious to you. They can never go wrong with a classic bento box that includes “exquisitely presented” shrimp tempura, or some sashimi salad, even chef’s choice sushi and miso soup.
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7. 1889 Enoteca – Brisbane, Queensland
1889 Enoteca is located in the heart of Woolloongabba’s antique and café quarter. 1889 Enoteca is a restaurant that takes pride in carrying on the legacy of some of Brisbane’s finest Italian foods. They serve it fresh and delicious.
environment: This joint is particularly popular for its “excellent and not intrusive” service and beautiful ambiance.
Menu: Must try is the “extremely good” gnocchi that “melts in your mouth”.
8. Spirit House – Yandina, Queensland
Spirit House is both a fine eatery and a cooking school. The restaurant both doubles in capacity and still offers the award-winning quality of contemporary Asian cuisine. The venue is claimed to be a “magical” property set in a tropical garden.
Menu: The dish you simply have to try is coconut soup. Then, don’t miss the smoked salmon. This dish is called “Divine”. You can also grab a bite of those whole crispy fishes, which according to TripAdvisor are “really worth savoring every bite”.
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9. The Stunned Mullet – Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Stunned Mullet is located in the coastal town of Port Macquarie. Claiming to offer a “brilliantly consistent” Australian dining experience, The Stunned Mullet serves exceptional local cuisine and fine wines.
Menu: Here Mandalay Creek venison is “beautifully and exquisitely plated on the palette”.
10. Maha – Melbourne, Victoria
Head chef and owner of Maha in Melbourne, Shane Delia prepares an exclusive Middle Eastern cuisine. The team of chefs “create flavourful dishes that explode in your mouth.”
Menu: Don’t forget to try the 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder which is claimed to be “absolutely delicious”! You can also try the Cayman Cured Swordfish, another highlight of a typical Maha meal.
If you’re in Australia and want to satiate your gluttony and indulge in temptations, give the list a try and grab an Aussie Bite. Delicious cuisine and wonderful ambiance will create a perfect dinner for you accompanied by a fine glass of wine. Explore these extraordinary delicious dishes from Australia.
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