Cuisine is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Australia, but Oz is actually home to an array of world-class restaurants. Check out these 8 great restaurants, conveniently located at hotels, when you travel to Australia!
- Altitude Restaurant – Altitude Restaurant was voted 2010’s Restaurant of the Year at the annual Australian Hotels Association National Awards of Excellence. Located at the top of the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Altitude Restaurant offers a truly amazing dining experience. Guests enjoy the view of Sydney Harbor from floor to ceiling windows throughout the dining room. Serving modern Australian food, Altitude Restaurant is sure to provide guests a unique dining experience. Altitude Restaurant opens for dinner service Monday through Saturday at 6 pm.
- Temple of Tastes – The Sea Temple Resort and Spa is home to a favorite restaurant in Palm Cove, Australia. The Temple of tastes offers guests Australian cuisine with a pacific and Southeast Asian twist. Guests at this restaurant dine can dine on the terrace and enjoy views of the streets below as well as the fresh, Australian air. The Temple of Tastes is open for breakfast and dinner daily; they close during lunch service.
- Yamagen – The Restaurant and Caterers Association Gold Coast voted Yamagen the Best Restaurant in a Hotel in 2010. With its Japanese cuisine, Yamagen is a popular restaurant for both locals and visitors. The restaurant boasts brilliant menus featuring their Teppanyaki BBQ grill and sushi bar. Yamagen’s located at the QT Gold Coast Hotel in Surfers Paradise.
- Collins Kitchen – The Grand Hyatt Melbourne’s on-site restaurant, Collins Kitchen is an a la carte restaurant that uses fresh, local produce to prepare a menu that features cuisine from around the world. The restaurant uses wok, sushi, grill, deli, and patisserie dining concepts in addition to guest interaction with the chefs to create an extraordinary dining experience. Collins Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers dining menus for each.
- Absynthe – is located in the Q1 Tower at Q1 Resort and Spa on Australia’s Gold Coast. The restaurant features a seasonal a la carte menu and a seven-course degustation, or tasting, menu. Open Monday through Saturday for dinner, Absynthe is sure to provide an exceptional dining experience that will tantalize your taste buds.
- The Brasserie – The Brasserie is a semi-formal restaurant in the Hilton Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. The restaurant serves modern Australian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Brasserie’s dinner menu features South Australian produce and changes approximately every six weeks to underscore a different region. The Hilton is one of the best hotels in Adelaide to stay at for a weeklong vacation, the staff will make sure you feel right at home.
- The Louden Kitchen & Grill – Located in Melbourne at the Mercure Welcome Melbourne, The Louden Kitchen and Grill is a buffet style restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also offer an a la carte menu at dinner to allow guests to personalize their meal. Enjoy the bottomless coffee daily from 6:30am to 10:30am or visit later in the day to try a selection from the health grill menu. The Louden Kitchen and Grill also offers Gluten Free choices on their menus.
- Rez 252“ The Hotel Grand Chancellor’s Rez 252 offers an escape from the crowds on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Australia. A laid-back atmosphere, Rez 252 is best known for their seafood stack, an entrees for two. The Rez 252 Restaurant and Bar is open daily for breakfast and dinner service.
So when you book your next trip to Australia, whether it is for business purposes or you just need to get away, make sure to test out some (or all) of the hotel restaurants in this list.
This guest post was provided by freelance writer Erica Gustafson in consulting for Expedia. Gustafson has had the opportunity to travel to Australia many times and has enjoyed many of these hotels great entrees and specials.