Cafe Sydney

Cafe Sydney
Cafe Sydney 

5th floor, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Sydney, New South Wales 2000

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Opening hours Mon-Fri noon-late; Sat 5pm-late; Sun noon-4pm
Features Accepts bookings, Business lunch, Licensed, Outdoor seating, Bar
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef James Kidman
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9251 8683

Other cities would kill for views like this. of ferries on blue water, a famous coathanger of a bridge, curvaceous Opera House and a mad neon-lit grin from Luna Park. The clever menu at this beautifully run, tourist-friendly bistro is just as fresh and breezy as its broad sweep of terrace, effortlessly combining well-sourced produce with multicultural flavour grenades such as chorizo, beetroot, roquefort and cabernet vinegar (not all at once). Start light, with grilled South Australian squid with spicy chorizo, kipfler potatoes and curls of zucchini, or a prawn cocktail deconstructed as a salad. Main courses dial up the drama, such as richly glazed duck confit with earthy, sweet beetroot and lentils, or Indian-spiced ocean trout done in the tandoor oven. Just when you thought you were done, along comes a downright delicious, in-the-glass cheesecake mousse with ginger crumble and strawberries.