The Restaurant Pendolino

Gault&Millau's review

A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Nino Zoccali is the owner/chef of The Restaurant Pendolino, by way of Calabria in Italy and the kitchens of OTTO, La Mensa and Bel Mondo in Sydney. The Strand Arcade venue provides a perfect backdrop for the elegantly presented and understated decor, with its enticing old-world feel of dark panelling, subdued lighting, exposed brick, linen-covered tables and aperitivo trolley. The classically themed menu – with a focus on prestigious olive oils from Australia and Italy – is structured around measured two-, three- and four-course options and extends to options for both vegetarians and vegans. For entree, a generous serve of luscious burrata is paired with a honey-laced beetroot jelly, pleasingly cut with an in-house secco vinegar. The secondi options offer compelling choices, from milk-braised pork belly, through a seafood odyssey of Spencer Gulf prawns, Port Lincoln sardines, mussels, scallops and calamari to chargrilled quail, served with a richly satisfying potato tortino and deeply flavoured thyme fondo. PSST! Check out the online store for ingredients to reproduce your best dining moments. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide


Shop 100, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412–414 George Street, Sydney
2000 Sydney


+61 2 9231 6117

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Opening hours

Monday  12:00 - 14:45 / 18:00 - 21:45
Tuesday  12:00 - 14:45 / 18:00 - 21:45
Wednesday  12:00 - 14:45 / 18:00 - 21:45
Thursday  12:00 - 14:45 / 18:00 - 21:45
Friday  12:00 - 14:45 / 18:00 - 21:45
Saturday  12:00 - 14:45 / 17:30 - 21:45


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Infusing his cooking with inspirations and recipes from the Calabrian region of Italy, Chef Antonio Ruggerino serves up simple dishes that match quality ingredients with home-style care. Nestled in a green and quiet corner of bustling Darlinghurst, and featuring dark brown interiors, exposed ceilings and high arches, the restaurant is perfect for candlelit dinners. With two full pages of the wine list dedicated to champagne, prosecco and sparkling, verde feels like a favourite for families and friends to celebrate special moments. Generous arancini balls are a typical way to open the meal, with a refreshing octopus and potato salad another popular option. House-made pastas like the Calabrese tagliatelle with pork shank ragu are hearty and traditional, with more complex offerings like the black gnocchi with prawns, mussels, grape tomato, basil and chilli–brandy bisque also available. Secondi plates fuse Australian favourites like barramundi and Riverina Angus beef sirloin with Italian spices, ragus and red wine reductions. The signature salad sees lettuce leaves tossed with Ruggerino’s mum’s red vinegar recipe. PSST! Chef Ruggerino offers in-home cooking classes. Check out the website for details. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

sushi e

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With such a deep-rooted history and culture in the art of sushi, Chef Michael Fox (ex-Carbone, Hong Kong) and his team have a duty of care to ensure that the highest quality of rice and seafood is served, and that certainly is the case at sushi e. As you are ushered to the sushi bar by the wait staff, the waft of incense immediately creates a Zen atmosphere. Dining at sushi e is not just about consuming wonderful morsels but also about enjoying an experience that is captivating in its performance and execution. Quick direct slices and incisions; flicks of wrists to discard offcuts; various movements of wipes of hands, blades and boards; dabs, squeezes and brushes of sauces, emulsions and pastes all make for great theatre. With these quick actions, the scampi akaza ebi is produced and dispatched accordingly. The alfonsino, which has been ever so lightly torched and dressed in a white soy, shallot oil and yuzu dressing, is a must-have as the dressing combination is phenomenal and pairs so well with this fish. PSST! Hemmesphere – the wine and cocktail bar – is situated nearby and may be a good option to conclude your meal. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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83 Percival Road, Stanmore, 2000 Sydney

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A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Chef Daniel Puskas maintains a serious gastronomic pace at sixpenny, and fixes an invigorating lens on fine dining. He constantly references the familiar and then raises it to complex, glamorous heights. The elegant little room, masquerading as a humble, curtained shopfront in leafy Stanmore, is home to an aura of service and atmosphere that is intense yet understated. And while the food itself is delivered and narrated to diners by the chefs, the experienced floor staff seamlessly attend to everything else. There is no menu, so relinquish control and listen closely as your dishes are presented. A puffed pumpkin ‘scallop’ – a miniature version of the Aussie potato staple – reminds you that good ideas are eternal when reinvented cleverly. Butterpoached John Dory is offset by a dark pickled red cabbage and a buttermilk foam. A robust nugget of succulent ruby red scotch fillet is flavour boosted with sweet caramelised shallot and a syrupy marsala and mushroom jus. PSST! Check out the deeply sour/sweet sourdough made from the previous day’s roasted crumbs, coffee grounds and golden syrup. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide