1 Macquarie St Sydney, NSW 2000

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Opening hours Mon-Fri 12–2pm, 5:30–11pm ; Sat 12–2pm, 5–11pm ; Sun 12–2pm, 5:30–10pm
Features Accepts bookings, Bar, Business lunch, Licensed, Long lunch, Pre-post-theatre, Romance-first date, Views, Private dining, Wheelchair access, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Degustation
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Matt Moran, Jason Staudt
Seats 200
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9240 2255

With billion-dollar views, an encyclopaedic wine list and an attendant cast of celebs, celeb spotters, international and local fine diners and big-night-outers, expectations here run high. The kitchen responds in kind. with fine local ingredients, classical cooking and meticulous crafting. No foam or powders here. Rabbit terrine is full of surprises including smoky eel, zucchini blossoms, asparagus and foie gras. Peking duck consomme is pure luxury, with silky smooth dumplings, wafer-slender abalone and oyster mushrooms. Main courses steer a safer path. Roasted kurobuta pork lets the meat be the star, served with honey and clove sauce and crisped crackling. Fillet of snapper basks in a reduced 'bouillabaisse' sauce with basil pesto. Desserts, on the other hand, give the show-stopping outlook a run for its money. Mango mousse with passionfruit and quinoa is multi-layered in intensity. Well-drilled service matches the high-octane dynamic of this splendid venue. A big night out, indeed.