Restaurant Reviews

Quay: Restaurant review



Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks
Sydney, NSW


Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-10pm


4 courses $180,
Dégustation $245


A meal at Quay is often marked by moments when a hush descends on the table, followed quickly by an intake of breath. And then: smiles all round. How did cabbage stem become the perfect foil for hanks of hand-shelled mud crab? Whose idea was cold-pressing cauliflower to make a jelly with it? How does one describe the textural contrast of the heart of palm and abalone on the congee? It doesn't get more big-night-out than this, harbour and Opera House spread before you, past richly clothed tables and plates composed by an army of staff, and wine pulled from a hefty (and heftily priced) cellar. Some naff, nanna and negligent aspects to the front-of-house experience tarnish Quay's lustre; it's testament to Peter Gilmore's talent that we keep coming back, but at these prices you might expect a more 360 approach to quality. Stick a spoon into that ice-cream, meringue and sorbet snow-egg party, though, and it's easier to forgive.

(02) 9251 5600

Bookings essential


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

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

Peter Gilmore & Rob Kabboord

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