The Sydney Festival runs from Jan 7 – 29 with Sydney theatres and galleries coming alive with drama, music, dance and you can even a free dip in the ‘beach’ (ball-pit). To support this, a number of restaurants offer an array of feasts at $55 or $30 price points for festival goers to eat before their show. Most include a glass of wine with a choice of main and entrée or share platter. From sea-side dining to inner city feasts, there will be sure to be something to fill your stomachs. See below for the festival menus we tried and follow the link to Sydney Festival for more festival feasts or shows that might inspire you for a great night out.
Waterfront venue, lovely to admire the Rose Bay surrounds. The deal here is a two course menu and wine for $55 – including salmon, avocado and herbs with fish roe or the heirloom and beetroot salad with candied walnuts and blue cheese. For the mains you can have battered fish and chips or a the grilled spatchcock with polenta. Sit here and watch the sunset whilst you dine.
Bishop Sessa is ideal for a great date night and cocktail menu, inner city vibes. $55 for two courses – the meals are selected for you: roasted kangaroo with pomme puree, beetroot, grapes and wattleseed and a lemon myrtle and goats yoghurt pannacotta with apricot curd, poached apricot, green tea and apricot ice cream. They also gave us an amuse bouche potato skin and parmesan crisp as well as a pre dessert shortbread. Extensive bar if you fancy a cocktail or wine.
Walsh Bay Kitchen
Walsh Bay kitchen is a large restaurant next to Roslyn Packer Theatre, enjoy a wine and your meal before the show. Sydney Festival deal on offer for $55 – a wine and two dishes. We would recommend the arancini for entree and pork for your main. They also offer a tasting plate of prosciutto, salami, pastrami, grissini, pickles and a glass of wine for $30.
Kindred is a quaint restaurant in heart of chippendale. Italian influence with hand made pastas and organic produce. Everything on the menu is spectacular and the staff provide wonderful service. The festival deal offers a wine, pasta and sourdough for only $30, but we recommend giving ala carte a go too.
Malaya is a restaurant that has been in Sydney for 53 years which is a testament to how good it is. Great location in Darling Harbour right on King Street Wharf. The Festival deal features a banquet of their most popular dishes – my recommendation is the eggplant, best meal i’ve eaten there.
Steel bar and Grill
Steel Bar and Grill is in an excellent location of the CBD, right near central station. The $55 Sydney festival eats is a great deal – you get two courses with 2 wines. We recommend the zucchini flowers filled with ricotta, truffle, preserved lemon and vino cotto as well as the beautifully soft little parcels of parmesan gnocchi with carrot purée, artichoke, silver beet and lemon labne. The desert was also great – it was a chocolate deluxe with chocolate mousse, chocolate glaze and chocolate crumble – soft and with the right amount of crunch. Great deal before seeing a show.
Thanks to Zomato, The Sydney Fesival and the restaurants listed above for the invitation to sample their festival feasts. For more detailed reviews on each restaurant please check out our posts on Zomato https://www.zomato.com/sydney