Whether you’re meeting them for the first time or catching up when they’re in town, a dining venue can make or break a night out with the In-laws. Here are Sydney’s top 5 In-law friendly dining spots.
For the out of town In-laws: Aqua Dining
This lower North Shore eatery has some of the most spectacular views in Sydney. Next door to Luna Park and with sweeping views of The Harbour Bridge, Aqua Dining is the perfect introduction to Sydney. Specialising in Italian fine dining and offering a range of over 300 Australian wines, this waterside venue is ideal for a memorable lunch or dinner. Choose from their A La Carte menu or entrust your pallet to their expert chefs and try one of the set menu options. Whilst the price point is high, Aqua Dining creates the perfect atmosphere for warm conversation and family bonding.
Northcliff St. Milsons Point, http://www.aquadining.com.au/, (02) 9964 9998
For the long time In-laws: Shenkin Kitchen
So you know the In-laws pretty well now and what you are really looking for is somewhere to eat delicious food in a low-key space with great service. Look no further than Shenkin Kitchen. This Israeli inspired café is known for its strong coffee, inventive food and dangerously addictive shakes. With a menu that offers both vegetarian and vegan options everyone is guaranteed to find a meal that is both delicious and exciting. The service is friendly and you won’t find yourselves rushed out once you’ve finished your meal. Far from boring but always dependable Shenkin Kitchen is your go-to for relaxed brunch and familial warmth.
129 Enmore Rd, Enmore, http://cafeshenkin.com.au/, (02) 9519 7463
For a celebration with the In-laws: Opera Bar
Whether you’re breaking good news or celebrating a special occasion Opera Bar provides a stunning backdrop with bubbles galore. Treat yourselves to a picturesque meal under one of Sydney’s icons. Choose from their delicious lunch menu while you celebrate your special occasion or bask under one of their many outdoor heaters whilst you share a wood fired pizza from their dinner menu. Known for their extensive wine and cocktail lists, Opera Bar is the perfect place to watch the sun set and make a toast to the future!
Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Maquarie St, http://operabar.com.au/, (02) 9247 1666
For the new In-laws: Yellow
First impressions are crucial when meeting the In-laws for the first time. Potts Point bistro, Yellow, is both impressive and delicious. With 2015 Good Food Guide’s ‘Chef of the Year’ Brent Savage at the kitchen’s helm you are guaranteed a delicious first meal together. There is also a wide range of alcoholic assistance available to calm the nerves and soften the mood. Book a table in advance so you can glide in easily and avoid uncomfortable table waiting. The weekend brunch menu is very reasonably priced with a range of energized breakfast staples. Alternatively arrive after 11am for additional lunch options. For dinner during the week you have access to their full menu with the option of tasting plates with paired wines. Allow the professionals at Yellow to take any unnecessary pressure off you so you can enjoy your first In-law encounter and make a lasting impression.
57 Macleay St. Potts Point, http://www.yellowsydney.com.au/, (02) 9332 2344
For the intolerant In-laws: Ruby’s Diner
Dining with a fussy eater often means you need to sacrifice your own gastronomic wants and needs. At Ruby’s Diner, however, flavour and variety doesn’t fall victim to food intolerances or health trends. Why not demonstrate your wonderfully considerate nature by taking your particular In-laws to Ruby’s for a primal burger (no bun) or a coconut quinoa bircher. Choose from their vegetarian, organic, gluten free and vegan options all served up in an intimate space with a relaxed atmosphere. Unlike many other vegetarian or gluten free oriented eateries Ruby’s doesn’t kick meat entirely off the island. You will find grass fed beef and organic chicken featured in a number of their delicious lunch options.
1/173 – 179 Bronte Rd. Queens Park, http://www.rubysdiner.com.au/, 0404 379 585