Quay is the kind of restaurant where you make reservations far, far in advance and pack an outfit just for the occasion. Chef Peter Gilmore draws a crowd of reality cooking show fans and serves fusion food with experimental ingredients like “yolk emulsion" but a meal at Quay is more than a novelty dining experience. Set on the harbor, directly across from the Opera House, every table has a panoramic view of this iconic Sydney setting. Pair the scene with eight courses and you have a memorable meal.
Annabel the Aussie knowingly planned ahead and took me here on my first trip to Sydney for Christmas Eve. I particularly liked the pomelo salad with elderflowers and, for dessert, make sure you try the Snow Egg: a strange but delicious mix of lychee, coconut, vanilla, and rose. The menu changes with the seasons so expect the chef to surprise you!
Tip: Stroll past the Opera House and through the nearby Botanical Gardens after!