Restaurant Guide

a'Mare: Restaurant review

The shining jewel in Crown Sydney's dining portfolio, a'Mare promises a polished night out without the pretence.


Brought to us by Italian power couple Alessandro and Anna Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit), a'Mare is the shining jewel in Crown Sydney's dining portfolio. Despite being set inside a hotel and casino, the new Italian fine diner promises a polished night out without the pretence. You'd think the uninterrupted views of Barangaroo's shimmering bay and the restaurant's glamorous, palazzo-inspired interiors would detract from what's happening on the plate. But the refined dishes are just as demanding as their surroundings. Take the squid-ink risotto for example, which is dark and daring and topped with a buttermilk emulsion and bright pops of roe. Or the signature cotoletta – an impressive 1kg grissini-crusted veal cutlet made to share. There's no shortage of theatrics either. A memorable basil pesto is made tableside in a large Carrara marble mortar; while gelato is scooped and topped in front of your eyes. It's a sleek experience that justifies the high price tag.


Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW
(02) 8871 7171
Chef Alessandro Pavoni
Price guide $$$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.