Sydney’s 25 Best Set Menus – No decision making required

Drinks Guide, Sydney / May 9, 2017

Set menus mean no cooking, no deciding, no worries!

You arrive at a restaurant, open the menu and get completely overwhelmed. What do we eat?! Which items are the most popular? “I wish someone could decide for me!” Foodies, we’ve got your back – here are the best set menus Sydney has to offer.


Alpha, Sydney

Are you ready for a big fat Greek feast? The set menus on ‘Yia Yia’s Table’ are for a minimum of 4 people. Yia Yia’s menu 1 is priced at $65pp, Yia Yia’s menu 2 at $75, or there is also a Vegan Gaia menu for $55pp. Yia Yia’s table set menu includes a selection of olives and dips with taramosalata, humous and melitzanosalata. Then enjoy slow cooked lamb shoulder and spit roasted chicken with delicious Greek potatoes and horiatiki salad. Finish with chocolate hazelnut baklava with chocolate metaxa sorbet and a sour cherry ice cream. Add a few sneaky sips of Mastiha or Muscat to finish Yia Yia’s table for $70pp. However, if Pappoús is secretly your favourite, add matching wines to each course (4 glasses) for $105pp.
For more information on Alpha, head to their website here.
238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9098 1111, Open Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – 10.30am, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm, Sunday: 7.30am – 10.30am, 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm


Anason, Barangaroo

On the shores of Sydney’s Barangaroo is where you will find one of the tastiest Turkish set menus. Anason is a traditional Turkish mezze bar offering a ‘Bosphorus feast’ for $78pp. Taste your way through Turkey with pide and atom labne yogurt. Spiced with shishito peppers, marash chilies and burnt butter it is sure to pack a punch. Turkish classics of turmeric humus and pickles will also be yours to share. Dive into the Turkish sea with cured salmon pastirma and ahtapot (octopus). Step back on land with the lamb shoulder tandir served with rocket salad.
5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000 (02) 9188 1581, Sunday – Saturday: 11.30am – 11pm

Annata, Crows Nest      

Enter the nest and ask for Annata. That is where you’ll find a set menu full of innovative flavours. With the best of seasonal produce, the Annata menu is a 7 course sitting for $69pp. Annata hero the best of Australian produce and for an extra $60pp they’ll match it with wine. Start with burrata crumbled with hazelnut and sided by a hen egg. Or your wagyu triptych with globe artichoke, whipped bone marrow and jus. Now, what is better than dessert? Have your green rose tea cake, we just hope you can eat it too! Served with coconut sorbet, strawberries and basil, it makes for a refreshing end Annata’s set menu.
69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065, (02) 9437 3700, Tuesday – Thursday: 3pm – late, Friday: 12pm – late, Saturday: 3pm till late

Bang Street, Surry Hills

Receive one of the best ‘Bang for your buck’ set menus at Bang Street restaurant in Surry Hills for $55pp.  This refined Bangladesh taste tour features the likes of fuska – Bangladesh’s most popular street food. This spiced potato, coriander and chilli ‘dumpling’ is your segway into true Bangladeshi cuisine. Slither on to the snake bean and cucumber salad to side your spiced meats. Ever had a sweet samosa? Rather than the usual vegetarian or beef samosa option, find something else within your crispy golden pyramid. For a grand Bangladeshi finale, crunch into a banana and white chocolate samosa!
3/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills Sydney NSW 2010, (02) 8354 1096, Open Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – late, Friday – Saturday: 12pm lunch and 6pm – late

Bistro Papillon, Sydney

For a simple and classic taste of French food, try the ‘Prix fixe menu’ at Bistro Papillon for $75pp. With entrees to share, enjoy an assortment of French specialties like classic escargots and charcuterie. Main course, the ‘plats de resistance’, offers French classics coq au vin and other duck and beef options. No matter your protein of choice, the les garnitures is a guaranteed inclusion. Choose from four classic desserts – crème brûlée, profiteroles, an apple tarte tatin or a selection of imported French cheeses of course.
Bistro Papillon
98 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9262 2402, Open Monday – Friday 12pm – 3pm,  6pm – 10pm, Saturday 6pm – 10pm
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Char & Co., Double Bay

Bringing Gaucho culture to the Bay is Char & Co with their $55pp set menu. Smell the South American barbecue as you wait for your waiter to step up to your plate. Yes, they come with options of churrasco skewers in hand, ready to be placed upon your plate. Rubbed with seasoning, marinades and more, there’s every chance you’ll ask for it all. Fire-roasted meats, poultry, seafood and sausages. Char & Co.’s set menu enhances this forage of flavour with saucy sides and condiments. Match your meats with chimi churri and salsa, polenta, beans and salads.
Char & Co.
15 Knox Street, Double Bay NSW 2028, (02) 9328 5542, Open Tuesday – Friday: 6pm till late, Saturday – Sunday: 12 Noon till 3pm – 6pm till late


Cirrus Dining, Barangaroo

For $110pp enjoy a set menu featuring dishes from the sea to the valleys and across the vines. Sea selections are a plenty with cured kingfish, Moreton Bay bug and more. Be led to the land with a Rangers Valley Rump Cap with mustard, with sides of chips with aioli. Last to hit the Cirrus shores is the olive oil cake with salted caramel and candied sorghum. Not only is the food worth fighting for, but the location is not to be missed. Nestled in the curvaceous shoreline of Sydney Harbour, is where you’ll find Cirrus.
Cirrus Dining
10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000, (02) 9220 0111, Sunday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm

Eastside Grill, Chippendale

Cross on over to the Eastside and feel the full throttle of an American and Japanese fusion. Think New York’s Meat Packing District meets a Japanese Binchotan charcoal grill. For $88, receive a 5 course tasting menu, or make it boozy with a wine pairing for an additional $50. Seared kingfish sashimi is served with nashi pear and jalapeno. Feel the American influence with a wagyu hanger steak with a truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. Japanese cuisine just sneaks in with a miso eggplant side. Finish with New York cheesecake for dessert.
Eastside Grill
2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, 9212 0900 , Open Lunch Thursday – Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm, Dinner Monday – Wednesday 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Dinner Thursday – Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Closed Sunday

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Ester, Chippendale

Ester is a simple looking establishment with a seemingly simple menu. Voted no. 12 in The Sunday Telegraphs Delicious 100, Ester is a two hatted masterpiece. For $82pp, Ester’s set menu takes you on a modern Australian tasting safari. Ester’s set menu is a range of tantalising treats including fermented potato bread, roasted oysters, and dried kangaroo. How about a blood sausage sanga? With four more savoury options to conquer, make sure to leave room for TWO desserts.
46/52 Meagher Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, (02) 8068 8279, Open Monday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 12am, Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm – 12am, Saturday: 6pm-12am, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Fred’s, Paddington

For groups of 8 or more, Fred’s in Paddington offers a 3 course set menu for $95pp. Choose from a selection of 5 entrées, and 4 mains and desserts. Entrees range from sashimi, nettle and smoked potato soup to tagliatelle. Choices of meaty mains encompass chicken, fish and meat. Add sides to share of Dutch cream potatoes and a leafy salad.  Now, since you’ve had to book a party for 8, make dessert an easy pick by simply ordering two of each! Share spoonfuls of a cardamon and pear tart, a macadamia meringue, with more offerings of dairy dreams. If you’re looking for something to nibble while you wait, Fred’s offers a few options aside from the set menu. Settle your stomach with wood oven fougasse ($6) or Clair de lune oysters ($5each).
380 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021, (02) 9240 3000, Tuesday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 12am, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday 12pm-10pm

Long Chim, Sydney 

Long Chim literally means to come sample and taste, so live the Long Chim way and order the set menu! On offer are two set menus, one for lunch ($45) and one for dinner ($68) to balance your day time vs night time foodie needs. $45 for lunch lets you share 2 entrees, 2 mains with some greens and a dessert. The dinner set menu includes 2 entrees (1 different), with 3 main options sided by the classic greens. Dessert is the definitive deciding difference between these two set menus. For lunch you’d find Rin’s Thai tea ice cream with pistachio and young coconut. For dinner however, you’ll feel as if you are stepping through Thai night food markets with banana roti.
For more on how you can sample and taste Long Chim from day till night head here.
Long Chim
Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place (Entrance in Angel Place), Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9223 7999
Monday – Tuesday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11pm, Wednesday – Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11pm, Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Lot. 1, Sydney

In the European way, Lot. 1 opens its doors and its menu to you through their set menu. Leave it up to Lot. 1 to serve you a selection of their finest European inspired menu offerings. If you’re looking for a lighter set menu, Lot. 1 will create a selection of 5 dishes for $69pp. If you like what you see, order the 7 dish selection at $95pp. Coming to your table you’ll find an array of meals. Will your meal be made up of arancini with mushroom truffle of scallops with grapefruit, oyster and trout crackling? A carb dense concoction from the pasta selection may arise, or perhaps an assortment of protein selections. We are crossing our fingers for the quail with charcoal crumb, yogurt, nduja and chilli!
Check out the range of tasty options you could receive by leaving it up to Lot. 1 now.
Lot. 1
18/20 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9279 3555, Open Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm, Saturday 5pm – 11pm
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Lotus Dumpling Bar, Dawes Point

Along what used to be known as the Hungry Mile, is Lotus Dumpling Bar. If you’ve got at least 3 other people with you, say hello to the Lotus set menu! At $59pp for a minimum of 4 people, this set menu takes you on an oriental journey. Nodding to its dumpling bar status, this banquet begins with a trio of dumplings. Last on the dumpling variety will be pot stickers and Peking duck pancakes. Next, it’s time to share classic flavours of chilli and ginger with beef, fish, eggplant and more. Have it all paired together with the lotus fried rice, tossed with duck and asparagus.
For the full tour of the set menu at Lotus Dumpling Bar, check out the website here.
Lotus Dumpling Bar
Shop 3/16 Hickson Road, Dawes Point NSW 2000, (02) 9251 8328, Open Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 9.30pm,  Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 3pm & 5.30m – 9pm

Mama’s Bưởi, Surry Hills

If eating is your favourite hobby, hop on into Mama’s Bưởi. Honouring all that his mama taught him is self-confessed mama’s boy, Bao Hoang. As his mama used to say, “eat, enjoy and never leave the table hungry!” So, listen to this mama and order Mama’s Bưởi set menu. The ‘Feed Me Banquet’ includes a selection of small shares and large shares served with rice. On the smaller side of the set menu scheme are pork belly skewers and pulled duck pancakes. Fill up on the larger shares like the steamed barramundi fillet or the Saigon duck curry. Finish off this home-cooking Vietnamese feast with your choice of a salted caramel brownie, coconut and lime panna cotta or mixed gelato.
To taste what your mama never gave you, book your table at Mama’s Bưởi!
Mama’s Bưởi
116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, (02) 9281 9993, Open Monday – Wednesday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm.

Mekong, Sydney

Can’t decide on your favourite Asian cuisine, but you are really craving those oriental spices? Mekong will be your taste bud travel companion through the Indochine provinces. Follow the flow of the Mekong river. Snake to the heights into Burma and the sand on your toes at a Thai sunset. If you are not the most geographically gifted, follow the guiding Mekong set menu ($55pp-$65) share map.
Both set menu options include 3 entrees, 3 mains, and 2 sides. The proof of the price difference, rests in the hands of the ingredients. Particularly the proteins. With meals in the $55pp set menu use proteins or chicken, prawn and beef. You can see why the $65pp menu is a little more. Using the likes of seabass, clams and pork belly, it is a worthy price hike. Ending this taste tour, both menus feature a Mekong dessert platter.
Join this Mekong foodie migration here.
Mekong Sydney
2/14 Kensington St, Sydney NSW 2008, (02) 9282 9079, Open Lunch 12 – 3pm, Thu – Sat
Dinner 6 – 10pm, Mon – Sat.

Mercado, Sydney

Meaning market in Español, Mercado has a whole lot of fresh flavours for you. Reviving old processes such as meat curing and cheese making, Mercado is a food respecting venue. Experience the loving link to food in Mercado’s set menu. At $80pp, the menu is subject to change. But, isn’t that just the nature of the market?
Currently, the Mercado set menu offers some crowd Spanish favourites. Olives, mixed pickles, cold cuts and more feature in the first stage. Following on, enter Mediterranean simplicity with Turkish pumpkin ravioli or chorizo with salsa mojo verde. Like any good Spaniard, meat and veggies are a must. The chef knows best, selecting your meats off the rotisserie. Heading into fancier territory are the desserts, with flavours of dolce de leche and Pedro Ximiniez.
For your fresco feast fiesta to lead you to a siesta head to the Mercado website.
4 Ash Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9221 6444, Open Monday – Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 11pm, Saturday: 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Mr Wong, Sydney

Mr Wong’s is a contemporary influenced, Cantonese-style menu, offering over sixty options. Now that’s a lot to choose from. As a two levelled, 240 seater restaurant, it may be a little overwhelming for some. But, have no fear, Mr Wong makes everything right with a set menu. Available are two banquet menus both requiring a minimum of four people. The $115pp set menu includes ten savoury share options followed by a choice of two desserts. The second set menu at $145pp adds on another savoury sensation using higher market priced produce. For a flavour frenzy, begin with the mixed dim sum selection. Be treated to tasty morsels of sea scallops, Angus beef cubes and so much more!
Do right by Mr Wong, and check out the full range of set menu options.
Mr Wong
3 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9240 3000, Open Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm, Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm.
The Nielsen Restaurant Vaucluse

The Nielsen, Vaucluse

Situated right on the waters edge this restaurant is perfect for hens parties and group bookings. It’s picturesque setting, friendly staff and reasonable pricing makes it a hot favourite amongst this list. Group bookings can be made for groups of 12-30ppl at The Nielsen in Vaucluse and you have the option of dining al la carte or ordering their group set menu. Served family share style the set menu is very generous at $65/head. Dishes change seasonally but could start with Sonoma sourdough and marinated olives to start. Then kingfish crudo, fresh burrata and chicken liver pâté for entrees. For mains fish and whole braised lamb shoulder are on the current menu. Finish with two different desserts tea and coffee. The Nielsen is fully licensed or you can BYO for $12/bottle. Win!
For BYO brilliance visit The Nielsen’s website.
The Nielsen, Greycliffe Avenue, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, NSW, (02) 9337 7333, Open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays and lunch & dinner 7 days/week.

Ms G’s, Potts Point

Flow through neon fluorescents under a jam jar ceiling. Find your seat among four separate dining levels, amongst darkly dimmed lighting. Go straight to the cocktail menu, as Ms G’s already have the food side covered. At $67 per person (minimum four people), Ms G’s has a treat for you! With everything to be shared, reach out like a hungry hippo to snatch up the goods before they are gone.
A chicken katsu mini bánh mi is a flavour favourite amongst this set menu. However, there is one meal that will never cease to please. Fulfil that dirty big mac craving with Ms G’s cheeseburger spring roll – there are no words. None. Get ready for some sticky finger licking goodness with some sweet and sour lamb ribs. For an even messier meal, enter the Stoner’s Delight part 3. With doughnut ice cream, peanut and pretzel brittle, Mars Bar brownie and more, this is the crowning glory of Ms G’s.
For all things Ms G’s, head to her website now for an oriental food tour like never before.
Ms G’s
155 Victoria Street, Potts Point NSW 2011, (02) 9240 3000, Open Sunday: 1pm – 10pm, Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am, Friday: 12pm – 12am, Saturday: 12pm – 1am.

Nomad, Surry Hills

Bringing the best of Australian produce into the heart of Surry Hills is Nomad. With a desire to bring people together to enjoy a laid back meal, why not order one of Nomad’s two set menus. Between the two set menus, commonality is found in wood fired sourdough and charcuterie. The ‘Shared Menu’ ($69pp) offers whipped ricotta and ceviche, with an ice cream sandwich to finish. The Chef’s premium shared menu ($89pp) offers wagyu tartare and grilled scallops, finally coming to rest at valrhona chocolate for dessert.
Every nomad has to make a pit stop, so why not at Nomad restaurant?
16 Foster Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, (02) 9280 3395, Open Sunday: 12pm – 12am, Monday: 6pm – 12am, Tuesday: 12pm – 12am, Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 12am.

Palings, Sydney

Tucked away on level one of Sydney’s iconic Ivy is Palling’s. Relax in an open-aired beer garden, sit back and wait to be fed. A three course set menu comes in two forms – $55pp or $65pp. Both including desserts of coconut and vanilla panna cotta and a cheese plate. For $55pp, share a variety of entrees. Next, choose from a selection of 6 varying main course options. If you’re opting for the $65 set menu, receive an entrée and a main exclusively just for you! With five entrée options, and six mains, there’s still a chance to share if you are keen.
It’d be appalling not to check out Paling’s set menu in its entirety.
330 George street, Level 1, Ivy, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 9240 3000, Open Monday – Friday 12pm – 12am.
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Papi Chulo, Manly

On the shores of Manly in a sea-breeze tickled beach house is Papi Chulo. Watch the sun go down off the East coast, while enjoying some southern American BBQ. Take it from day to night by locking yourself in for a set menu to guarantee a long, leisurely meal. Enjoy an array of smokehouse meats and tender seafood, sourced from the finest Australian producers. The Papi Chulo banquet menu comes in 2 forms at $60pp. Try your tastes with a selection of shares such as pea guacamole and salmon poke. Alternatively, at $60pp, receive the Papi Chulo BBQ platter ($15 supplement per person) with sides of slaw and curly fries. Finish it all off with a chocolate chip and macadamia cookie treat with all the trimmings!
‘The sucking pig menu’ ($100pp) gets you the cookie and more! Enjoy a selection of similar shares and sides as seen in the ‘Papi Chulo set menu’, with one obvious pig in the room. The inclusion of a sultry smoked suckling pig!
Head to the website now to find out what Papi Chulo is all about.
Papi Chulo
Manly Wharf, 22-23 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095, (02) 9240 3000, Open Sunday: 12pm – 9pm, Monday – Wednesday: 5.30pm – 10pm, Thursday: 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Friday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Saturday: 12pm – 10.30pm
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Queen Chow, Enmore

Now who can say that they’ve chowed down with Queen Chow? It is time you conquer the Hong Kong dim sum at Enmore’s Queen Chow. How best to conquer? Take down the whole empire. Queen Chow’s empire rests in her set menu offerings. Here is where she lays out a taste of all it is she has to offer. And it could be yours for lunch and dinner, every Friday till Sunday.
Requiring a minimum of four people, you have the option of a $55pp menu or a $75pp menu. Both including a selection of steamed dim sum and Cantonese roast meats it also feels like a sit down yum cha. For $55pp, receive seven meals with a fruit platter to end this set menu. The $75pp option comes with a total of ten meals with a closing choice of two desserts to share.
If you’re ready to bow down to Queen Chow, head over to her website now for more set menu details.
Queen Chow
2/167 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042, (02) 9240 3000, Open Sunday: 10am – 10pm, Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 2am, Friday: 12pm – 3am, Saturday 10am – 3am.

Spice Temple, Sydney

Enter Neil Perry’s red and black temple for a modern Chinese set menu affair with ‘The Golden Banquet’. At $79pp this set menu takes you through many flavour combinations. And no, beef in black bean sauce is not included. Pops of freshness are integrated with cucumber and a cabbage and radish salad. Sidle your steamed greens with share plates of Kung Pao chicken or Hangzhou steamed flathead. To lastly to lighten the palate, a lychee granite with a soft liquorice and dried palate.
Spice Temple
10 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, (02) 8078 1888, Open Sunday: 5.30pm – 11pm, Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm-10.30pm, Thursday – Friday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 6 – 11pm.

Sunset Sabi, Manly

Manly’s favourite Japanese foodie destination Sunset Sabi will have you shouting “shit balls!” Oh yes, that’s on the menu. It’s their take on yaki nigiri, rolled with pickled shitake mushrooms and parmesan. You’ll find it on their $45pp set menu along with the dank roll, filled with crab, scallop, avocado and crunchies, it is what’s on top that really counts. Torched mentai mayo and sweet sunset soy perch the heights of the dank roll. Order the optional $5pp dessert. A sweet burger is held together by two sweet potato doughnuts. In-between, find Japanese whisky cream, matcha white chocolate and fresh strawberries.
Sunset Sabi
26-28 Pittwater Road, Manly NSW 2095, (02) 9977 7461, Open Sunday: 5pm – 10pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm.

Chiswick, Woollahra 

Chiswick’s menu is inspired by fresh produce, generally grown from their kitchen garden. Chiswick’s four course set menu is designed to share between a a minimum of 4 people. Items include the wood-fired focaccia with cherry tomato and basil oil and beetroot with honeycomb and garden leaf. A whole roasted chicken and lamb shoulder to share. Baked plums with caramelised yogurt and pistachio is one dessert followed by a black fig pavlova.
Find out more about the Sydney city gem in the heart of Woollahra here.
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025, (02) 8388 8688, Open Sunday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 9pm, Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm.

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