Scoring a reservation at Fred’s can be challenging, but for a glimpse at the magic (and a taste of their canelé) head here Saturday morning between 8-11am. Farm to Fred’s, as the breakfast slot is called, is an opportunity for the pastry chefs to test new creations: perhaps orange and almond cake or caramelised pear galettes.
Cheap is a relative term, we hear you. Some people might not blink at a $25 glass of Coravin-accessed wine (those people probably know how much the bottle goes for), but for others $25 is food for two (especially if it's an El Jannah chicken). But fine diners aren't necessarily the exclusive domain of yore – there are ways in for fewer dollars if you know the terrain. Bar menus provide access to the talents of the kitchen without having to cough up for the full multi-course experience; lunch is often cheaper than dinner; and many high-end chefs also dabble with easier access exploits like markets stalls, side projects and at-home offerings. For those of you who fancy a bit of finery without breaking the bank, this list puts the happy back in happy hour. Follow these cheap hacks for fine dining on a budget in Sydney, and we’ll have you leaving the most lauded dining rooms in the city with a full belly and change in your pocket.
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