Restaurant Reviews

Aria - Sydney: Restaurant review

Aria - Sydney

Address

1 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch daily noon-2pm
Dinner Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

Prices

Set menus $115-$205

REVIEW

Bread and butter says a lot about restaurants today. At Aria, the offer of a variety of loaves from Sonoma or Iggy's, and browned butter made for the restaurant by Pepe Saya says, "this is the real deal: we're not going to rest until you're impressed". A recent renovation quietly upped the luxe-factor, but the view over the harbour still rules the room. Where once the menu was essentially blinged-up bistro food, today its ambition and reach are more in sync. The clarity of green tomato, lemon myrtle and dill broth makes a cool herbal backdrop for slivers of whiting and green tomato. That subtlety is abandoned with lobster French toast, the finger of brioche lavished with butter and caviar - and none the worse for it. The superb aged Alsace riesling paired with it is a touch typical of the edge Aria has over a great many of its competitors in the wine and service departments. You don't need to save it for a special visit, but Aria is always an occasion.

Phone:
(02) 9240 2255

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Matt Moran & Jason Staudt

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.