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Cruise control: Captain Kent of the Emerald Princess

We caught up with Princess Cruises’ Captain William Kent to talk life on deck, sailing the Red Sea and how to spend 24 hours in Venice.

Midnight in Melbourne style

After-dark glamour calls for monochrome elegance with accents of red and the glimmer of bling. Martinis await.

Recipes by David Thompson

Thai food maestro David Thompson returns to the Sydney restaurant scene with the opening of Long Chim, a standard-bearer for Thailand’s robust street food. Fiery som dtum is just the beginning.

Reader dinner: Quay, Sydney

Join us at Quay for a specially designed dinner by Peter Gilmore to celebrate the launch of the new Gourmet Traveller cookbook.

GT's party hamper

We’ve partnered again with our friends at Snowgoose to bring you the ultimate party hamper. With each item selected by the Gourmet Traveller team, it’s all killer and no filler.

Aerin Lauder’s Morocco

Meet Aerin Lauder; creative director, lifestyle mogul, mother and global traveller. Here she shares her musings on Morocco, the exotic catalyst for her latest collection.

A hotel dedicated to gin is opening in London

A modern-day gin palace, The Distillery, is set to open in the middle of London’s Portobello Market this year.

Dan Hong's salt and pepper calamari with lime aioli

The executive chef shares his salt and pepper squid recipe, including his secret for a crisp, light batter.

Modern Australian
  • 1 Macquarie St,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9240 2255,
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sun 5.30pm-10pm


If it's sparkle you're after, keep your senses trained on the arresting harbour views that make up the fourth wall of this lofty Sydney institution. Its quietly moneyed clientele isn't looking for flash or showmanship from the food - happy instead to let the reliably luxurious menu, spectacular wine list and skyscraper prices create a sense of drama. That's not to say the food doesn't live up to its promise; it does, if you assume its promise is beautifully cooked dishes that rarely colour outside the lines. A lush Champagne lobster entrée pairs with one of its favourite bedfellows, a rich kombu butter sauce. Roasted breast of corn-fed duck sings the precise tune you'd expect when it sits with caramelised onions and figs, and with the exception of an unusual hit of mushroom in a caramel tart, desserts play by the rules, too. If it's a special occasion or there are big clients in town, Aria can be relied upon to hold the line.  

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • 2 courses $110

    3 courses $135

    4 courses $160

    7 courses $185

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Matt Moran & Ben Turner



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