Fine Dining ‘Hack’ Every Sydneysider Should Know



It might not have its own Michelin guide, but Sydney has one of the most refined (and unfairly maligned) food scenes in the world. A cosmopolitan and multicultural melting pot that boasts a wide variety of cuisines as well as the unmatched quality of Australian ingredients, it is not difficult to eat well in the port city.

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But it can be difficult to do it on a budget. Sydney is fast becoming one of the least affordable cities in the world, thanks to its scandalous real estate market, high cost of living and hot trends. When was the last time you could get fucked over toast at a Sydney cafe for under $ 12? While there are certainly still good, inexpensive meals out there (if you know where to look), finding an honest dining experience that you don’t have to spend six months on a waiting list or pay a small fortune for is. more and more difficult.

Some would say “cheap fine dining” is an oxymoron, but we don’t agree. There is a restaurant in Sydney that not only serves top notch food haute cuisine but does it at a reasonable price – without feeling (too) cheap.

What’s the catch? It is run by students. But before you throw away your signed copy of Food snobbery To our heads, consider this: Not only is this place great value for budget ballers, but it’s also the kind of risky dining experience anyone – really loaded or not – can benefit from. The late great Anthony Bourdain himself has said that great dining experiences only come to those who take a little risk. This is your chance.

William Blue Dining, on George Street at The Rocks near the Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of Sydney’s most underrated gastronomic gems. Located on the former site of Chef Neil Perry’s famous Rockpool restaurant, William Blue is a cozy but stylish place, with minimalist decor and seating for 60. If you didn’t know better, you would just assume there is is nothing special about it – other than its prestigious location.

But this is where you would be wrong. As we mentioned, it’s actually a student-run kitchen; is part of the William Blue College of Hospitality Management at the University of Torrens, one of the best culinary schools in the country. It’s a great idea, really: vocational students get the chance to hone their skills in a real restaurant, serving real customers, and diners get the chance to eat great food at a fraction of the normal price. . William Blue offers short and frequently updated menus, focused on fresh ingredients and showcasing the technical prowess of their chefs.

The price is not the only advantage. You will never have bad service at William Blue because the students are eager to please. The focused menu allows chefs to really nail every dish, rather than suffering under a bloated list of silly recipes. And because it’s so affordable, it also gives you the flexibility to be bolder than you normally could and order things you’ve never tried before. Where else in Sydney can you get a gourmet three course dinner for under $ 50?

Currently open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, William Blue Dining is the mecca for price-conscious foodies in Sydney. Don’t resign yourself to pub schnitties and Fratelli Fresh every date night: step up your game and eat chic food. View the menu and book a table online here.

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