Need to get your friends together for a birthday lunch - or just looking for any excuse to celebrate? Here are 6 spots to consider.
Finding a spot for a fun lunch that is not only delicious, but can host your whole gang, cater to their myriad dietary requirements (or just fussy eaters) and is beautiful enough to want to hang around for a few hours can be tricky.
But if you're planning for a long birthday lunch, hens celebration, or just need a chance to get everyone together for a girl's afternoon, then look no further than these 6 restaurants:
A Sydney dining institution, Chiswick is headed up by esteemed chef Matt Moran (also behind Aria), so you know the food is going to be amazing every time. His lamb is legendary, but the menu is also vegetarian-friendly, with a focus on seasonal produce and food picked straight from the garden out the back. It's the perfect spot for a long lunch with friends - or even a "meet the parents" situation - not least because the greenhouse-style set up, complete with chic Turkish rugs and plenty of natural light is somewhere you'll want to linger long after dessert.
Looking for great food and cocktails, with an even better view? The Butler, tucked away on Victoria Street in Potts Point has one of the best outlooks in town, and they specialise in hosting groups. The Mexican-tinged menu is full of seasonal dishes (read: vegetarian friendly), and as a feel-good bonus, the restaurant donates to the Wayside Chapel in exchange for produce from their rooftop garden each week.
Serving up contemporary-yet-hearty Lebanese food, this Surry Hills eatery is also beloved for its chic, soft-hued interiors. They also do a traditional share-style Middle Eastern brunch - think eggplant fatteh and Baalbek fried eggs paired with bottomless cocktails (the Persian spritz is a must-try).
With one of the best views in all of Sydney - the iconic Bondi Beach of course - North Bondi Fish serves up exactly what it says on the label: fresh, inventive seafood dishes and a top-notch wine list in a setting that feels relaxing and welcoming, but fancy at the same time.
Ever since this iconic Melbourne restaurant came to Sydney, the demand has been as hot as you'd expect, so be sure to book in to feast on their extensive Southeast-Asian-influenced menu.
This farm-to-table restaurant in Vaucluse has a strong focus on organic ingredients and using product that's sourced locally and from independent growers. As well as lunch and dinner, they also do breakfast - think strawberry and chia pancakes and green breakfast salad bowls. If you're really keen to indulge, book in to the on-site day spa afterward for a facial or massage.