If you’re planning to see something at the State Theatre, first see it from 300 metres in the air. 360 Bar and Dining is running a pre-theatre bar degustation for $55 per person (minimum two people). Taste hot and cold small bites from chef Elton Inglis alongside a glass of wine or the restaurant’s weekly cocktail. It’ll stop your stomach rumbling mid-scene, without making you so full you fall asleep. The offer also includes free parking at Westfield Sydney.
The Greeks know how to feast – they’ve been roasting lamb and wrapping dolmades for around 2500 years after all. Visit the Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park and then drop into Grecian gem, Alpha, for their $55 Festival Feasts meal. It includes two courses and a glass of wine: try the prawn saganaki, grilled pita bread with taramosalata or slow roasted lamb shoulder after seeing Panti Bliss’s Riot at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent.
During Sydney Festival, Belvoir St Theatre will be home to two shows: My Urrwai and My Name is Jimi. If you’re planning to see either (or both) fuel up beforehand (or after) at cosy Bishop Sessa. The Crown Street restaurant will be doling out dishes like kingfish ceviche, coal-cooked Black Angus sirloin and iced nougat. For the festival they're offering a three course meal – an entrée, main and dessert – for $55.
One day Sydney met Manhattan and they created Bowery Lane. The restaurant combines seasonal, local Australian flavours and ingredients from the arguably most famous borough in New York. See Sydney Festival events at the City Recital Hall before dropping into Bowery Lane for a $55 three-course meal. With options like fresh burrata, slow roasted lamb shoulder and Belgian chocolate cake you’ll leave full and content.
If you’re just as serious about beer as you are about culture than you might already have heard of Buckley’s. The quayside bar and restaurant loves a craft brew and for Sydney Festival they’re offering a beer and meal combo for a mere $30. Choose from beer battered fish and chips, a beef burger, vegetarian pizza or roasted sweet potato and quinoa salad plus a schooner of James Squire 150 Lashes (or a glass of house wine). Perfect for pre-show dinner by the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney does good Chinese food, so for those looking for some ace eats prior to an event at Sydney Town Hall or State Theatre, head to Chef’s Gallery Town Hall. During Sydney Festival Chef’s Gallery Town Hall are offering a two course meal plus a glass of wine for $30. Punters will be able to select their meal from some of the Gallery’s signature dishes, such as their prawn dumplings and handmade noodles.
After visiting the Art Gallery of NSW head to Chiswick at the Gallery. The elegant modern restaurant with a ‘garden to plate’ philosophy is offering a three course meal for $55 throughout Sydney Festival and includes dishes like seared snapper, and orange cake with burnt bee pollen cream. Please note: the offer is only available at lunch and Wednesday dinner services.
If you’re after a run-of-the-mill butter chicken look elsewhere – Indu does updated South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine. If you’re all for taking your tastebuds on an adventure they’re offering a five-dish menu during Sydney Festival for $55. Designed to share, the deal also includes a glass of Kingfisher beer, sparkling sauvignon blanc or pinot noir. If you’re hankering for some light spongy dosa and fragrant curries head for Indu.
Is there anything more comforting than a carb-tastic plate of Italian food? Near Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre, Kindred is a family owned Italian eatery known for its schmick vego-leaning menu. On their Festival Feasts menu you can expect house made sourdough bread and cultured butter, pickled and fermented vegetables and your choice of pasta – try the bucatini with guanciale, tomato and chilli. It’s all yours for $30 when you mention Festival Feasts.
Named after the WWII fighter plane, Kittyhawk is in the ideal location for a meal after visiting the Sydney Opera House or Meriton Festival Village. Their modern French fare comes as light or as rich as you want it. For the Sydney Festival period they’re doing a two-course meal for $55: choose from dishes like wagyu bresaola, leek and roquefort tart and moules frites – Provencal style Tasmanian mussels cooked in white wine and tomato and served with fries.
Inside Sydney’s Victorian-era shopping arcade sits Roman wine bar and osteria, La Rosa. The sister to Nino Zoccali's the Restaurant Pendolino, La Rosa the Strand is within walking distance to the State Theatre, Sydney Town Hall and Meriton Festival Village, so it’s a great option after seeing Jurassic Plastic or 16 Lovers Lane. Their $55 Festival Feasts meal includes two courses (try the frittura di calamari or one of their pasta dishes – it's made fresh daily ) and a glass of red or white wine.
If you’re planning a group outing during the festival then afterwards you’ll want to drop into Madame Shanghai. Much of their street food-leaning menu is meant to be shared and their special offering during Sydney Festival is no different. The menu can be adapted for groups of any size and features veggie dumplings, jasmine tea smoked turkey, kingfish sashimi and slow cooked beef ribs. It’s going for $55 per person and includes a sweet treat to finish.
For so long Mexican food in Australia has walked the Tex-Mex line. No more. After visiting the City Recital Hall visit Mejico for zippy modern Mexican cuisine. Their $55 grazing menu will take you from Mexico City to the Yucatan Peninsula with dishes like corn lollipops, smoked brisket tacos, grilled halloumi and Margarita cheesecake. You’ll even get a glass of sangria or Sol beer. Wanting to kick on? You’ve got a very healthy tequila list to choose from as well.
Whether you’re after authentic or contemporary Malaysian food you can find what you’re after at the Malaya. Sitting down on King Street Wharf, the restaurant has been slinging fragrant Malaysian fare since 1963. During the 2018 Sydney Festival the Malaya will be offering a $55 set menu featuring pork san choy bow, beef rendang, masak lemak prawns and more. It comes with a glass of wine and there’s a vegetarian menu available too.
For when you’re feeling peckish after an event at the Opera House or Barangaroo Reserve, consider the Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney. The slick venue has fantastic views of the harbour and Opera House: if you want a panorama that screams #Sydney this venue has it. As part of Sydney Festival the Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney is offering a surprise $55 two-course sharing menu.