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Dinner With A View: The Best Restaurant Views In Australia

A room with a view is all well and good, but add tasty food to the mix and things are looking even better. If you’re venturing to Australia’s most well-known and gorgeous cities, it’s worth looking out for venues that also dish up a sublime view of your destination’s fine surroundings. In need of a little inspiration? We’ve rounded up the very best backdrops Australian restaurants have to offer.

Quay, Sydney

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It doesn’t get much better than a front-and-centre seat across from two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks: Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

But it’s not only the views that keep diners coming. This three-hatted restaurant has consistently been named one of Australia’s best, appearing on numerous global dining lists and receiving a flood of accolades. Chef Peter Gilmour serves up modern creations that are truly special, each dish showcasing simple yet full flavours and an impressive range of culinary techniques.

Vue de Monde, Melbourne

Photo: Vue de Monde

The romantic French name says it all: this slick restaurant is set 55 floors above Melbourne’s skyline, delivering a killer view over the city centre (or the world, if you’re after a more direct translation). The space comes alive at night, when the sultry lighting is set against the moody black tones of the interior.

Acclaimed chef Shannon Bennett has created a menu that is quintessential Modern Australian fine dining. Expect to pay a bill as lavish as the surrounds, but equally, trust that every penny will be well worth it.

Onred Restaurant, Canberra

Photo: Onred Restaurant

It wouldn’t be a proper dining experience in the Australia’s capital without a side of national history. Situated on the Red Hill lookout, the glass-walled restaurant offers panoramic views over Canberra’s most famous landmarks, including Parliament House.

The restaurant was opened in 2007 by brother-and-sister duo Ben and Jodie Johnson, who introduced a fresh and light menu replete with interesting flavours and ingredients.

Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, Brisbane

Dining by the charming Brisbane River is about as good as it gets in the Queensland capital. Settle into Alchemy’s relaxed atmosphere, and soak up the prime views over the river and the Story Bridge – especially brilliant come nightfall.

Both the a la carte and degustation menus show off superb Australian produce finished with flavours inspired by different kinds of cuisine – French, Spanish, Moroccan and even Korean – but all distinctly contemporary.

Jacob’s Creek Winery, Barossa, Adelaide

Photo: Jacob’s Creek Winery

Venture a little further out from Adelaide and enter the glorious Barossa Valley, home to some of the state’s finest produce and wine. It’s well worth the drive, especially if you stop by Jacob’s Creek Winery, which houses a very handsome restaurant.

The food is as you’d expect in a location like this: fresh, high-quality and obviously seasonal. It brings together the region’s finest ingredients and finishes them off with elements from the kitchen’s very own garden.

C Restaurant, Perth

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C Restaurant‘s hook is that it’s a restaurant set ‘in the sky’, and there’s no doubt that it very much is. The venue offers a 360-degree bird’s eye view over Perth’s CBD and surrounds, including over the vast Indian Ocean.

The restaurant is good any time of day, with the kitchen doing a set menu, as well as separate menus for weekday and weekday dinners, lunches and even high tea. The food is accessible, utilising locally sourced meat, seafood, vegetables and more.

(Lead image: Quay/Facebook)

Published 22 June, 2017