High tea at The Gunners Barracks, Mosman

  The Gunners Barracks has captivating views across Sydney harbour and an equally impressive high tea. We were lucky to get married here six years ago and the night just flew by. I was excited to be back to for high tea with family who were visiting from London for a relaxing afternoon at a place that held so many fun memories. The prime spot for high tea is on the large verandah facing the moving picture that is Sydney harbour. There is...

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Sicilian Restaurant, Parramatta

Along Parramatta’s┬áChurch Street restaurants jostle for attention. Anyone wanting to skip straight to dessert can choose between Gelato Messina, Oliver Brown and Chocolateria San Churro. Sicilian is one of the largest and more established restaurants on the strip. Its interior is busy: wood panelling, logs, terracotta tiles, wine bottles, murals, mirrors, pictures, plants, street lamps and flat screen TVs. Seating is in split into several...

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Breakfast at Bills, Bondi Beach

Early on a Tuesday morning, Bills at Bondi Beach was already full with families on school holidays, groups in yoga clothes and people working on laptops over coffee at the bar. We were quickly seated inside near the window. The decor is a modern mix of concrete, marble and pale wood. The breakfast menu had something for everyone’s taste and price range. There are simpler dishes: Iggy’s sourdough toast & spreads ($7); toasted...

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High tea at the Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney

High tea at the Sir Stamford Hotel is a luxurious way to spend an afternoon in Sydney. You’re embraced by tradition as soon as you step into The Bar. Seating is a mixture of sofas and armchairs, tables are dressed with white tablecloths, while suited waiters pour Champagne and tea. The Bar has a friendly and relaxed feel with smooth service. We saw many tables linger long into the afternoon. Our Elegance High Tea ($69 per person) came...

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Pei Modern, Sydney

I have special memories of family celebrations over the years at The Four Seasons Hotel at Circular Quay. While the restaurants within have changed over time, the quality of the food and the elegance of the experience has been consistently impressive. Pei Modern opens into the Four Season’s Hotel’s lobby. It is spacious inside and popular for lunch, we walked past many large tables of business lunches to get to our more secluded...

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La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle

We didn’t need to see the menu to know that it was truffle night at La Grande Bouffe. As soon as we walked in the front door the smell of truffles smacked us in face. Service of the six course set menu ($265 for two people) started quickly with a friendly French waiter, a plate of caramelised scallops, truffles, sausage and celeriac puree matched with a 2012 Mader Riesling from Alsace. The first highlight of the meal was the palm sized...

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