After 30 years at the forefront of Sydney‘s fine-dining scene, Quay Restaurant underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and reopened in 2018. The restaurant swapped white linens for Tasmanian spotted-gum wood tabletops and exchanged the previous purple-and-gold palette for blues, grays, and browns that better reflect Quay’s harborfront location facing the Sydney Opera House. Executive chef Peter Gilmore loosened up his menu, too, offering either six or 10 inventive courses such as the Oyster Intervention—a crumble of oyster cream, crushed fried dehydrated oysters, chicken skin, tapioca, and caviar served in a ceramic oyster shell—creating a dish that’s all bivalve flavor without the slippery texture. Fans of the old Snow Egg dessert will be won over by White Coral: a multitextured masterpiece of aerated ganache, coconut cream, and ice cream.

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Quay Restaurant

A marquee setting on the harbor, an acclaimed chef and a menu full of beautifully crafted dishes featuring prized ingredients like abalone, uni (sea urchin) and Wagyu beef—what’s not to love? This much-awarded dining room offers a theatrical experience par excellence, and while it doesn’t exactly come cheap, you won’t soon forget your meal here. Be sure to leave room for the “snow egg” dessert, chef Peter Gilmore’s cult creation that’s a true marvel of textures and flavors.

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