Best Darling Harbour Restaurants
A hop, skip and a jump away from Sydney’s CBD is Darling Harbour, a popular foodie precinct that's home to some of the best harbourside dining in the city. Darling Harbour restaurants have it all; from wine bars and bistros to seafood spreads and cracking cocktails, this dazzling precinct has been luring foodies down to the water’s edge for years. If you’re new in town or simply passing through, a feed at any one of the harbour’s restaurants should definitely be on your bucket list.
For over 50 years, the Malaya has been serving up dishes that test taste buds with authentic spicy dishes based on traditional south east Asian cuisine. And judging from the groups of corporate diners and holidaygoers who crowd the Malaya's steeland-glass interiors day after day, they are clearly doing something right. This Darling Harbour restaurant not only promises astonishing food but stunning sweeping waterviews in a contemporary and welcoming setting.
The Meat & Wine Co.
This luxe looking steak restaurant is redefining traditional ‘steakhouses’ in Australia. Grand, striking and slick in design, Meat & Wine Co provides killer views of the harbour and Sydney City, offering the finest steaks and wines. For all meat lovers out there, this much-loved restaurant is sure to impress with their juicy, tender prime cuts, basted and grilled to meaty perfection. For those less enthusiastic carnivores, the varied menu of salads, burgers, seafood and less ‘in your face’ meaty meals such as marinated chicken skewers will go down a a treat.
Situated right in the heart of Darling Harbour, overlooking Sydney’s city skyline, you won’t find better Italian cuisine in a setting like this one. Whether you’re a local or an international diner, Criniti’s is sure to impress with it’s beautiful views, ample open air terrace seating and mouth watering meals such as their famous Pizza al Metro, 0.5 and 1 metre pizzas served piping hot on long wooden boards - the first of its kind in Sydney.
Cafe Del Mar
There’s nothing like kicking back on lush sofas on a killer sun deck while sipping on a few cocktails with friends. Pair this with background tunes which varies from cool jazz, sexy deep house, nu sou and classic Café del Mar Balearic chill-out tunes and you’re set for a solid night. This stylish but relaxed setting, overlooking the harbour also has a contemporary dining room with the food geared mainly around Mediterranean flavours. One thing’s for sure, the sun always sets in style at Café del Mar.
Perched on the upper floor of the mall, Zaaffran is exotic, exciting and magical. But above all this Indian restaurant knows how to put on a good feed. Be dazzled by some of the best Indian dishes in the city down at Darling Harbour.
Restaurants located within hotel aren't all bad. Exhibit A - The Meat & Wine Co. Australian Angus beef cuts are the house specialty, with super-aged meat the order of the day. Yep, this meat eatery is a cut above the rest. We love the African flair mixed in with the trypical Aussie feel.
Located at the north end of the Harbourside complex this restaurant is in prime sun position. Look at the diners settled in on the comfy outdoor couches, enjoying the fine weather and you'll want to trade places. Seafood and the fish and chips are the go-to meals. Get down for some flippin' good fish.
Still not satisfied? Never fear, there are a handful of dining precincts nearby. Check out The Rocks, Circular Quay or Sydney's CBD for more dining delights. All within walking distance of Darling Harbour restaurants.
Author: Georgia Smail, Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Cafe Del Mar