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Whitegrass’ Sam Aisbett gives insider tips to fine-dining restaurants in Sydney

Former head chef of award-winning Quay in Sydney shares his favourite places to go for a fine meal or drink in the city.

Pictures of glistening cubes of slow-cooked Mangalica pork garnished with vibrant green fiddlehead ferns have been making their rounds on the Internet. The dish comes from a 7-course tasting menu at Whitegrass, a new modern Australian restaurant in CHIJMES helmed by Sam Aisbett.

(Related: Read our review of Whitegrass here)

Aisbett is the former head chef of the celebrated Quay in Sydney – the restaurant has held a 3-Hat rating from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide for 13 consecutive years – and has been the right-hand man to acclaimed chefs like Peter Gilmore and Tetsuya Wakuda.

So, when The Peak got to speak to Aisbett himself, we jumped at the chance to tap the chef’s knowledge of the buzzing Australian city. Below, Aisbett’s top picks of restaurants and bars to head to the next time you’re in Sydney.

FOR A BIG NIGHT OUT

1)     Quay (of course)

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2)     Bennelong 

For gorgeous views and food from the Sydney Opera House.

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3)     Sixpenny

Where freshly-grown produce is the star.

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4)     Sepia

Before it closes its outlet on Sussex Street in two years and moves away from fine-dining. Read more here.

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EVERY OTHER NIGHT

1)     Hartsyard

Refined Southern food in a cool space.

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2)     Acme 

For inventive Italian with an Asian twist.

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3)     Automata

The much anticipated collaboration between restaurateur Loh Lik Peng and ex-Momofuku Seiōbo sous chef Clayton Wells

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4)     Porteno

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FOR A DRINK, AND SOME PRETTY GOOD GRUB

1)     Earl’s Juke Joint

A saloon-style cocktail bar with a New Orleans vibe.

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2)     Baxters Inn

An underground whisky cellar with well-coiffed bartenders (not pictured here, so you’ll just have to make a trip down and find out for yourself).

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3)     Bloodwood

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4)     Mary’s

Five-star cheeseburgers and cocktails – they’re fancy that way.

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