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Tantalising glimpses of working chefs through a George Street window box; a well-dressed hostess highlighting the way into the basement off Angel Place… restaurateur Sam Prince sure knows how to generate excitement and intrigue. Switching out guacamole for Tableside Coconut Sambol ($14) and milk buns, Prince harnesses what he did for Mexican at Méjico to give South Indian a much-needed face-lift.

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

Raw materials are a definite focus at the recently refurbished Pier One Sydney Harbour. Interior designers Bates Smart have done wonders with reclaimed timbers; creating a stylish maritime playground stretching from the brass-caged boating clubhouse bar to the nicely substantial dark wood dining room, including tables extending seamlessly onto the pier (if you dare).

The Greens North Sydney

The brains behind The Grounds of Alexandria have taken over the North Sydney Bowlo, where old guys in knee high socks have been bowling with views of Sydney Harbour for over 125 years. It’s basically The Grounds, with million dollar views.

Ananas Bar & Brasserie

Champagne tastes on a beer budget needn’t preclude you from checking out the bar menus of Sydney’s big hitters. Here you can get a heaving board of Roast Bone Marrow ($8) for under ten bucks.