A guide that is not about the rankings and star ratings, Eating and Drinking Sydney is about showing off
the unique, quirky and noteworthy elements that make these venues worth a visit.
A guide that is not about the rankings and star ratings, Eating and Drinking Sydney is about showing off the unique, quirky and noteworthy elements that make these venues worth a visit. Supplied

New guides reveal top city eateries

EAT, drink and play your way through Sydney and Melbourne with Eating and Drinking Sydney and Eating and Drinking Melbourne, comprehensive guides to a great night out. 

As Sydney and Melbourne's first and most complete dining and drinking guides, each title covers over 700 venues in each city, ranging from glittering restaurants to bistros and ethnic eateries, to bars, pubs and secretive drinking holes. 

Eating and Drinking Sydney and Eating and Drinking Melbourne are not about the rankings and star ratings, but about showing off the unique, quirky and noteworthy elements that make these venues worth a visit. 

Both Sydney and Melbourne guides recognise that many people enjoy eating at an authentic Vietnamese eatery in the outer suburbs as much as they love to splurge on the occasional foray into expensive white-linen fine dining in the CBD.

Eating and Drinking Sydney and Eating and Drinking Melbourne are published by Hardie Grant (RRP $29.95) and will be released on 1 September, 2011. 

Eating and Drinking Melbourne

Eating and Drinking Melbourne is like a Melway for your tummy!

Whether you're on the grid or on the outskirts of the city you won't go hungry in Melbourne-town.

Divided into area chapters with sections on restaurants, cheap and cheerfuls, and bars, this guide is as comprehensive as Wikipedia - without the boring bits. All venues have been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of each of Melbourne's distinct locales - from the 'burbs to the bright lights of the city - with casual and schmick options in every area.

From Elizabeth street's Afghan, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Chinese feasts for all under $10 to Melbourne's dominant culinary empires of local celebrity chefs, including Shannon Bennett, Frank Camorra, George Calombaris, and entrepreneur Con Christopoulos, while not forgetting the coffee houses of Salvatore Malatesta (St Ali), which can be found all over town.

Melbourne's bar scene is now frequented by an increasing number of boutique breweries, but beyond local beer and cider, Melburnians are also being treated to the finest whiskies and tequilas, not to mention laboriously handmade cocktails which remain as fashionable as ever.

Eating and Drinking Melbourne enables readers to search for what they're after in three easy ways: by geography and category, by business name or by cuisine type. There's something for every budget and all occasions - just be sure to leave enough room for dessert.

Eating and Drinking Sydney 

Eating and Drinking Sydney recognises that many people enjoy eating at an authentic Vietnamese eatery in the outer west as much as they love to splurge on the occasional foray into expensive white-linen fine dining in the CBD. This international city offers fantastic eating and chic drinking to be found across the city at all levels and at all price points, from glittering restaurants, bistros and ethnic eateries to bars, pubs and cocktail hideaways.

Blurring the lines between fine and casual dining, these days, some of Sydney's finest restaurants have opened in shopping centres and casinos, while hot pub bistros are taking on classy French restaurants for the mantle of the city's best eating spots.

Each venue has been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of each of Sydney's distinct locales - From the CBD to the Blue Mountains - with casual and schmick options for every area.

With more than forty fresh and original writers, including some of the city's most influential food commentators, Eating and Drinking Sydney offers a dynamic perspective on the city's culinary nuggets.

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