Add these must-visit spots to your dining bucket list.
INSIDER is TheFork’s exclusive selection of the most sought after restaurants across Australia. These highly rated restaurants include award-winners, trendsetters and most importantly, restaurants recommended by TheFork diners.
One of Brisbane’s finest restaurants, Blackbird Bar & Grill boasts panoramic views of the Brisbane River. Award-winning executive chef Jake Nicolson brings culinary experience from some of the globe’s best restaurants including Lake House Daylesford, El Bulli in Spain and The Ledbury in London. Blackbird Bar & Grill sources seasonal and sustainable local produce, with a focus on fresh seafood and quality meat. Premium dry-aged beef is cooked to perfection on a one of a kind wood-fired grill - from Black Angus to Australian Shorthorn. Not a meat eater? There’s plenty to keep you busy with a selection of caviar, oysters and shellfish platters. Blackbird Bar & Grill was awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Best Listing of QLD in 2018, which is no surprise, with over 600 wines to choose from. The Gatsby-inspired bar specialises in highly sought-after beers and spirits, as well as rare and exclusive scotch, gin, tequila, bourbon and whiskey.
Seascape Restaurant + Bar offers fresh fish with six species on the menu daily. Perched above the hustle of the Surfers Paradise Esplanade with floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant describes its menu as ‘coastal cuisine’. Highlights include Squid ink spaghetti with Pacific lobster, Seared Alaskan scallops, Pernod bouillabaisse and Charred kangaroo loin. Or, let the experts pick for you with the Chef’s five course seafood selection, also available with matching wines. The wine list heroes Australian and New Zealand vineyards, with a reserve cellar list available to diners with next-level taste.
Head to Zigfrids for serious food, wine and craft beers in a relaxed setting. The Middle Eastern-inspired dishes are simple, honest, and big on taste. Meals are designed to be shared, so why not book for a group and feast on Stracciatella with pickled cucumber and flatbread, baked scallops, grilled quail, or the pièce de résistance - confit roast chicken. For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with a Moroccan Mess or Peanut butter parfait. Zigfrids’ easy-to-read wine list features plenty of local producers including Oakdene, Baie Wines and Austins & Co.
New this year to the Sydney dining scene, 6HEAD is already making waves. The restaurant’s 280-day aged tomahawk steak is a show stopper, and weighing in at 1kg is definitely recommended to share. As the first venue in the development of the historic Campbell’s Stores in The Rocks, the venue is named after the six head of cattle that were brought to Australia with the First Fleet. Executive chef Sean Hall grew up on a cattle farm in South Africa, where he learnt how beef raising and cooking techniques impact the flavour of meat. Combined with his classical training in French preparation techniques, his culinary skill set has resulted in a menu that showcases handpicked cuts cooked to your liking on a custom-made grill. Choose from 6HEAD’s extensive by the glass wine selection, or one of over 250 bottles on the list.
NOMAD is a cellar door and restaurant situated in the heart of Sydney, with a focus on showcasing local produce and Australian wine. Occupying a warehouse building in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills, the restaurant came to life in 2013 when owners, Rebecca and Al Yazbek wanted to fill a hole in the market for an inner-city cellar door. From its sourdough, brioche, lavosh and flatbreads, made daily by an in-house baker, to the charcuterie cured by head chef Jacqui Challinor the restaurant prides itself on house-made produce. NOMAD’s menu is designed to share and is influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours, with its house-made Jersey Milk halloumi being a menu favourite. NOMAD offers a diverse wine list that showcases the best small growers, producers and winemakers.
The original home of Three Blue Ducks, Bronte is set close to the surf with an ocean breeze. The team is committed to providing sustainable, honest, ethical food, which is cooked well and without pretension. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or an all-day menu you’re after, you can guarantee the food will be flavoursome and fresh from morning to night. Try your hand at Scrambled eggs with black sausage, or for lunch, tuck into Mussel and fish stew, soaked up with Iggy’s famous sourdough bread. For dinner at the beachside restaurant, you can’t go past the Lamb rump with a side of chat potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Wash it all down with a classic cocktail, NSW beers, or ‘back to basics’ wine made using minimal intervention production.