Terry Durack

Terry Durack

Chief restaurant critic for The Sydney Morning Herald

Terry Durack is the chief restaurant critic for The Sydney Morning Herald and the SMH Good Food Guide.

The District food court

Go-to dish: Pepper beef from Pepper Lunch Express.

Food courts are the next big thing worldwide - but aren't those low prices creeping up a bit?

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Mon Apr 27 00:00:00 EST 2015


Beef cheek and oxtail sandwich at nel.

Even with an eight-course fixed-price menu with no choice at all, nel. is pulling in the crowds.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Apr 21 08:13:21 EST 2015


Mud crab with fresh herbs on toast.

Chef David Coumont brings a degree of professional finesse to Moxhe not often seen in a little 34-seater eastern suburbs dining room.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Apr 14 14:50:09 EST 2015

Tim Ho Wan

Spinach dumplings with shrimp at Tim Ho Wan.

Tim Ho Wan is worth a visit for the curiosity factor and the undeniable freshness of the food - but does it live up to the hype?

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Apr 07 08:32:17 EST 2015

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

Petuna ocean trout, tamarind, warrigal greens and fennel at the Gantry Restaurant & Bar.

With Australian seafood, less is definitely more.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 31 14:44:02 EST 2015

First look: Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood

Terry Durack dinkus

The cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world has rolled into Sydney. Terry Durack joins the queue on opening day.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Sun Mar 29 09:30:00 EST 2015


Bengali curry of king prawns, spinach, coconut and turmeric.

It's hooray for Bollywood, as samosas, chapatis and curries are brought back to life by a new breed of modern Indian restaurant.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 24 08:12:48 EST 2015

Cafe Nice

Fillet of mullet with mussels.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. It's the perfect metaphor for a restaurant such as Cafe Nice.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 17 00:00:00 EST 2015

Pilu at Freshwater

Suckling pig terrine in a chickpea focaccia.

Pilu sits very happily on the cusp of old- and new-world, looking both forward and back.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 10 08:06:18 EST 2015


Spiced tofu at Tokonoma.

Tokonoma would be just the ticket, if only it provided chopstick rests.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 03 08:03:56 EST 2015

Australia's best restaurants: Terry Durack's top picks


Terry Durack picks his 12 best restaurants in Australia right now.

Food Travel | Terry Durack | Tue Mar 03 02:16:27 EST 2015

Kent Street Kitchen

Kent Street Kitchen

The well-crafted food and prime ingredients flow smoothly at this chic, luxurious "kitchen".

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Feb 24 08:04:10 EST 2015


Wagyu tri-tip curry.

Bang offers Bangladeshi street food with a Surry Hills twist.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Feb 17 08:14:39 EST 2015

Cottage Point Inn


Whether by boat, plane or car, a trip to this remote and romantic venue is worth the effort.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 EST 2015

Foveaux St Dining

Love me tender: The lamb rump with peas, pea shoots, baby gem and nori crisps.

Darrell Felstead has taken a hard look at what wasn't working and started again.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Feb 03 08:15:50 EST 2015

Chiswick at the Gallery

Chiswick steak tartare

This charming spin-off from Chiswick restaurant, serving crowd-pleasing food, takes full advantage of its impressive Art Gallery location.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Jan 27 08:38:10 EST 2015


Grilled stingray

A new eating-house serves up a satisfying version of Malaysian street food.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Jan 20 08:53:39 EST 2015

Noma pops up in Japan

Mushroom dish at Noma in Japan

Rene Redzepi, of Copenhagen's Noma restaurant, has just moved to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo for five weeks.

Eat Out | Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix | Tue Jan 20 00:00:00 EST 2015

Sake Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay

This new Japanese restaurant at the Hotel InterContinental looks like a Double Bay playpen waiting to happen.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Jan 13 08:21:12 EST 2015

Billy Kwong

Steamed mini Pork buns with house chilli  at Billy Kwong in Potts Point.

Billy Kwong's new, grander incarnation in Potts Point ramps up the numbers while maintaining the old high standards.

Eat Out | Terry Durack | Tue Dec 16 07:34:09 EST 2014