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Sydney Private Dining Rooms

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners S.r.l

Something I get asked on a regular basis is “which restaurants have private dining rooms” – so I have compiled a list, reasonably comprehensive but certainly not exhaustive! Some of them are semi private, and of course many restaurants will allow “exclusive use” (ie book out the whole thing) for larger events. Other things to check
* many will have a compulsory service charge
* most will have a minimum spend, regardless of whether you are using the room to its capacity. This often varies depending on the night of the week
* some have an additional room hire charge

If you’re just after a group banquet, and not necessarily a private room, here’s my banquet guide.

Restaurant
& Location
Number of Guests Website
ACME,
Rushcutters Bay
Up to 14 http://www.weareacme.com.au
Ananas,
Sydney
Up to 25 http://www.ananas.com.au
A tavola,
Darlinghurst
Up 28 http://www.atavola.com.au
Aria, Sydney Up to 60 http://www.ariarestaurant.com
Azuma, Sydney 4 to 34 http://www.azuma.com.au
Bar H, Surry Hills Up to 25 http://www.barhsurryhills.com
Bather’s
Pavillion, Balmoral
30 to 100 http://www.batherspavilion.com.au
Bentley,
Sydney
Up to 70 http://www.thebentley.com.au
Bishop Sessa,
Surry Hills
Up to 40 http://www.bishopsessa.com.au
Bloodwood,
Newtown
8 to 16 http://www.bloodwoodnewtown.com
Blue Eye
Dragon, Pyrmont
10+ http://www.blueeyedragon.com.au
Boathouse on
Blackwattle Bay
11 to 32 http://www.boathouse.net.au
Buon Ricordo,
Paddington
Up to 55 http://www.buonricordo.com.au
Cafe Sydney,
Sydney
Up to 14 http://www.cafesydney.com
China Doll,
Woolloomooloo
Up to 44 http://www.chinadoll.com.au
China Lane,
Sydney
Up to 10 http://www.chinalane.com.au
China
Republic, Sydney
6 to 60 http://www.chinarepublicrestaurant.com.au
Chiswick,
Woollahra
20 to 40 http://www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au
The Commons, Darlinghurst 16 http://www.thecommons.com.au
Est, Sydney Up to 16 http://www.merivale.com.au/est
Flying Fish,
Pyrmont
Up to 30 http://www.flyingfish.com.au
Four in Hand,
Paddington
Up to 30 http://www.fourinhand.com.au
Fred’s,
Paddington
8 http://www.merivale.com.au/freds
The Gantry,
Sydney
8+ http://www.thegantry.com.au
Garfish,
Manly
25 to 40 http://www.garfish.com.au
Golden
Century, Haymarket
8 to 24 http://www.goldencentury.com.au
Glass, Sydney Up to 14 http://www.glassbrasserie.com.au
Guillaume, Paddington Up to 12 http://www.guillaumes.com.au
Indu, Sydney 12 http://www.indudining.com.au
Ivy, Sydney Up to 22 http://www.merivale.com.au/ivy
La Scala,
Paddington
Up to 26 http://www.lascalaonjersey.com.au
Longrain,
Surry Hills
Up to 18 http://www.longrain.com
Lotus, Sydney CBD 8 to 40 http://www.lotusdining.com.au
Lucio’s,
Paddington
17 to 32 http://www.lucios.com.au
Manta, Woolloomooloo Up to 32 http://www.mantarestaurant.com.au
Meat and Wine
Co, Circular Quay
10 to 12 http://www.themeatandwineco.com
Mercato E
Cucina
, Gladesville
Up to 12 http://www.mercatoecucina.com.au
Mr Wong Up to 12 http://www.merivale.com.au/mrwong
Nomad, Surry
Hills
Up to 14 http://www.restaurantnomad.com.au
Nour Restaurant, Surry Hills Up to 16 http://www.noursydney.com
O Bar and
Dining, Sydney
Up to 28 http://www.obardining.com.au
Oscillate
Wildly Newtown
Up to 16 http://www.oscillatewildly.com.au
Otto,
Woolloomooloo
8 to 14 http://www.ottoristorante.com.au
Pendolino,
Sydney
10 to 55 http://www.pendolino.com.au
Pilu,
Freshwater
18 to 45 http://www.piluatfreshwater.com.au
Porteno,
Surry Hills
12 to 40 http://www.porteno.com.au
Prime, Sydney Up to 32 http://www.gposydney.com
Public Dining
Room, Balmoral
Up to 30 http://www.publicdiningroom.com.au
QT, Sydney Up to 55 http://www.qtsydney.com.au
Quay,
Circular Quay
Up to 32 http://www.quay.com.au
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney 8+ http://www.restauranthubert.com
Rockpool Bar
& Grill, Sydney
8 to 30 http://www.rockpool.com
Rockpool,
Sydney
Up to 14 http://www.rockpool.com
Sake, The
Rocks
Up to 30 http://www.sakerestaurant.com.au
Sepia, Sydney 20 to 30 http://www.sepiarestaurant.com.au
Sixpenny,
Newtown
TBC http://www.sixpenny.com.au
Sokyo,
Pyrmont
15 to 25 http://www.star.com.au
Spice Temple,
Sydney
Up to 12 http://www.rockpool.com
Sugarcane, Coogee Up to 20 http://www.sugarcanerestaurant.com.au
Tetsuyas,
Sydney
10 to 60 http://www.tetsuyas.com
The Apollo,
Potts Point
Up to 12 http://www.theapollo.com.au
The Dining
Room, Sydney
10 to 12 http://www.diningroom.com.au
The Winery,
Surry Hills
16 to 40 http://www.thewinerysurryhills.com.au
Toko, Surry
Hills
Up to 18 http://www.toko-sydney.com
Waitan,
Sydney
6 to 18 http://www.waitan.net.au

Sydney Cooking Schools

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Cooking classes are a great thing to do on your own, with a friend, or give as a gift. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or an expert in the kitchen, you will always learn something new, and even better, for most of them you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess!  The photo above I took at Altitude in the Shangri La, who used to run classes once a month or so – great fun cooking with a magnificent view as your backdrop. Here’s a round up of Sydney schools.

Sydney Fish Market Seafood School, Pyrmont
A Sydney institution that is incredibly well organised, good value and has some amazing celebrity chefs regularly showing you amazing things to make with our freshest seafood.
http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/

Cucina Italiana,  Annandale
Native Italian Luciana Samponga started small and now runs a large variety of classes.  The “Saturday Long Lunch” is very popular
http://cucinaitaliana.com.au/

Salt Meats Cheese, Alexandria
Enjoy shopping in this Italian food emporium, then go along to a class to find out what to do with it all! See the pasta class I attended here
http://www.saltmeatscheese.com.au/

Sushi School Australia, Neutral Bay
Small group sessions teaching basic Japanese sushi making techniques including preparing sushi rice and filleting fish.
http://www.sushischool.com.au/

The Raw Food Kitchen, Sydney
If you want to learn how to, um, “cook” raw food, this is the place for you.  They run two day retreats as well
http://therawfoodkitchen.com.au/

Baroque, The Rocks
Always wanted to know how to make macarons? Then this is the place for you.  They also teach French bistro favourites.
http://www.baroquebistro.com.au/Masterclass/

Simon Johnson Talk Eat Drink, Alexandria
A nice range of classes followed by sitting at a big communal table and enjoying what you’ve made.
http://www.simonjohnson.com/

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst
This famed gelataria have a Gelato Uni – but be quick, the classes book out months and months in advance.
http://www.gelatomessina.com

Williams Sonoma Cooking School
A relative newcomer to Australian shores, this kitchenware haven have now introduced classes.
http://www.williams-sonoma.com.au/cooking-school-ws-au

Signorelli Gastronomia, Pyrmont
The Signorelli family’s food temple teaches Italian favourites like pizza but also unique sessions like a whole porchetta.
http://signorelli.com.au/

Patisse, Chippendale
Vincent Gadan teaches the secrets of French pastry and sweets.
http://www.patisse.com.au/

Victor Churchill, Woollahra
If you’re not confident about cooking meat, this is the place to learn.
http://www.victorchurchill.com/

The Cheesemaking Workshop, Northbridge
Who doesn’t like cheese? The six hour workshop making soft cheeses – including camembert and mascarpone – sounds devine.
http://thecheesemakingworkshop.com.au/

Casa Barilla, Annandale
The Italian pasta empire teaches you how to their secrets to perfect spaghetti, every time.
http://www.barilla.net.au/casabarilla/casabarilla.htm

Cooking for blokes, North Sydney
If your other half is useless in the kitchen, send him in this direction.
http://cookingforblokes.com.au/

Pino’s Dolce Vita and Fine Foods
Pino’s is an institution of Sydney’s South, and does a roaring trade in cured meats. Pino decided he should start teaching others how to do it.
http://www.pinosdolcevita.com.au/

Accoutrement, Mosman
A store for “all things culinary”, they have a great line up of classes including some run by fantastic celebrity and hatted chefs. I’m going to a class with Lorraine Godsmark in May, can’t wait!
http://www.accoutrement.com.au/

Sailor’s Thai, The Rocks
A long time Thai favourite for many Sydneysiders, they hold cooking classes once a month.
http://www.sailorsthai.com.au/

Sydney Chocolate School,  Mosman
For those with a sweet tooth, classes from beginner to advanced.
http://www.sydneychocolateschool.com.au/

Brasserie Bread, Sydney
Want to learn all things bread? Some great classes here on artisan baking, plus classics like lamingtons and scones. They also offer an enormously popular kids baking class.
http://www.brasseriebread.com.au/