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Drink/Dine ian 1/15/2014

While we are biased towards our own Sphere Restaurant, we understand that guests might like to get out and explore other cuisine options and here are a few we can suggest…

Dining World SquareBoth your humble blogger and Kan from Rydges World Square love Chinese in Dixon Street. Kan’s pick is Old Town Hong Kong (10 Dixon Street) – it is newly opened and famous for their Durian Pancakes and Roast Duck (old Hong Kong fare!).

Nine Dragons (39 Dixon Street) has been consistently doing it right for over 35 years and offers banquet, yum cha and a la carte.

Din Tai Fung is right next to our Square Bar is a very popular choice for dumplings (photos). Quite often there are queues outside – rather than join ‘em, beat ‘em by enjoying a pre-dinner drink or two in Square and make a move when the queue drops.

The Spanish Quarter is handy and Kan goes for Encasa at 423 Pitt St. It is considered the best Spanish in the area and always lively/booked out. An old favourite of mine is Captain Torres in Liverpool Street for the chilli and garlic prawns (Gambas al Ajillo).

For Greek, Diethnes is a short stroll away at 336 Pitt Street – even though it isn’t on street level this place has been part of Sydney dining forever (okay, 50 years) and it is a family business that cares about both tradition and food – http://www.diethnes.com.au/

Koreatown doesn’t look as ‘right’ as Chinatown but it is the correct term for this Asian strip on Pitt between Bathurst and Goulburn. Kan’s favourite restaurant is NaruOne at 375 Pitt St – it is famous for the Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) and beer – and here’s Jen, an independent foodie and blogger who agrees… and here’s a link to Jen’s first dining blog for 2014, China Republic in World Square…

Of course, for those who don’t feel like venturing out but would like to indulge some excellent modern Italian, here’s a link to our Sphere Restaurant menu.

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