What You’ve Been Longing For: Sydney’s Most Awesome Long Lunches

Lunch is often an underrated meal, and it’s easy to just go for the default sanga or salad. But sometimes grabbing a quick bite to eat just isn’t going to cut it. You need hours of grazing to really satisfy your hunger. Here are the best places to settle in to a long lunch in Sydney.

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Image credit: est.

est

Sydney CBD

Craving some modern Australian cuisine? Then you’d better get your taste buds over to est. You’ll find award winning dishes and mouth-watering delights at this welcoming joint in George Street. It also offers a great selection of wines and cocktails, which go nicely with the tasting menu. You can opt for two, three or four courses of your choice, depending on exactly how long you want your long lunch to be. We recommend you get your lips around the Rangers Valley Beef. It’s served with oxtail, smoked marrow, beetroot, horseradish, toasted rye and nigella.

“Est. Is undeniably one of the many great restaurants in Sydney! Head Chef Doyle is clearly the master behind the magnificent cuisine. Mr Doyle has been recognized not only as our Home grown Legend but also as one of the best chefs in the world. The restaurant serves Modern Australian Cuisine but it is evident the food is inspired by the masterminds Italian and French.” – Claudia Asc

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Wagaya

Haymarket

If you love Japanese food and a stiff drink to accompany your meal, Wagaya will not disappoint. It’s a restaurant with a bar and a really fun atmosphere. One of the unique things about this place is that you order your meal off a touch screen, which means you can keep ordering food for as long as you want. Have 15 courses if you feel like it – the food’s so good you won’t want to stop! The potato & pumpkin gratin is utterly divine, as is the array of deep fried dishes.

“One of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Sydney. Service is fantastic, great buzz in the atmosphere and love the ability to order on tablets!” – J Wilson77

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Nomad

Surry Hills

Nomad is a restaurant that takes real pride in using local produce to create outstanding Mediterranean dishes. It’s also got a really unusual set up, with a super-trendy open warehouse space. If you’re looking for a lunch that lasts, you can go for the chef’s menu with a glass of wine. Alternatively, you can order loads of share plates like the smoked brisket empanada with agro dolce and Nomad hot sauce for a really sociable lunch date.

“Had such a special night here with two good friends. Awesome selection of 5 dishes and topped off with a beautiful red Italian wine. The King Fish ceviche was a stand out meal.” – Anna 9003

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Chiswick

Woollahra

Next time you and a group of your friends fancy a spot of lunch, head on over to Chiswick in Woollahra. The menu is designed to feed groups of four or more, and it showcases a fabulous selection of sharing courses for you to enjoy at your leisure. If you find yourself arguing over what to order, try the Moran Family Lamb Shoulder with baby eggplant and chermoula. The lamb is sourced from the Moran family’s very own farm – and you can’t get any more local than that!

“Brilliant! From the cocktails at the start through to coffee at the end I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The staff were excellent at explaining the menu and were attentive all nigyt even though it was busy. The kingfish and scallops were delicious as was the prawn popcorn. The beef with chimchurri was cooked perfectly and the slow braised lamb shoulder was amazing.” – 4chillis

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Nel

Sydney CBD

Located on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, Nel offers a degustation tasting lunch that caters for every dietary requirement. Every dish is vibrant and it’s just a really lovely place to be, so you’ll want to settle in for the long haul. Nel boasts a retro vibe and well-crafted plates, including a standout dish of tuna with melon, cos and seaweed. It isn’t over the top to say that the food is out of this world, especially as it looks like it’s been created by an artist. Give it a try – you’ll see what we mean!

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