Sydney is a city with a superiority complex.
Forget about rivalry with Melbourne, when it comes to food, Australia’s biggest metropolis rates itself against the rest of the world.
It’s got everything a food tourist could want; from world-class fine dining to cheap eats on the beach – with all the glamour of a global city and the relaxed vibe of village life.
Like its population, food influences come from all over but Asian flavours rule.
Whereas a few years ago Euro-Asian fusion felt faddish, Oz cuisine now has its own character and identity and a new found appreciation for the country’s native bounty.
This is why the city’s most prolific born-and-bred chef, Neil Perry, can confidently run his acclaimed Rockpool serving Wagyu beef with wasabi alongside Spice Temple, where prawns and pork pay homage to Sichuan and Hunanese food.
Or local hero Kylie Kwong can cook neo- Cantonese complete with braised wallaby tail and crispy saltbush cakes at her Billy Kwong restaurant, and then run a stall at Carriageworks farmers market every weekend.
Sydney may have pioneered the $50 main course, but dining is so democratised that some of the most exciting and creative cooking is to be found in the cheap eats and eat streets where there is a veritable atlas of cuisines.
Or if you want the real Aussie experience of eating out as you stay in, you can buy fresh seafood, locally grown produce and restaurant quality meat and fire up the barbecue at home.