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Pyrmont area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Pyrmont

Photograph: Adam Hollingworth

We're Pyrmont defenders here at Time Out, and here's why: long dismissed as a bit dull, we reckon Pyrmont has a lot going for it. First of all, there is the obvious stuff. The Fish Markets – now complete with one of Sydney's best yum cha dens. The casino, recently refurbed and revived as The Star and jam-packed with awesome things to eat like Messina ice cream, Adriano Zumbo treats and Momofuku Seiobo, David Chang's only restaurant outside of New York. The various views of Sydney harbour you can find on the slivers of foreshore. But as Pyrmont has become a central hub for the Sydney media – Fairfax and Channel 10 call it home among others – and the workers have demanded a good café and drinking culture. And if you're after something fancier, Flying Fish at Jones Bay Wharf is still going great guns.

Pyrmont highlights

Momofuku Seiobo
Restaurants

Momofuku Seiobo

A brief word on Momofuku: it started off a decade ago as a noodle joint on 13th Street in Manhattan’s East Village that grew to be a small group of restaurants around New York all doing different things, from steamed buns to country hams and cocktails. Ma Peche played with French-Vietnamese food and Momofuku Ko took things into rarefied fine-dining territory, while Momofuku Milk Bar popularised the compost cookie and cereal milk-flavoured ice-cream. Momo-mania had well and truly marched on Manhattan. As diverse as these places were they all had something important in common (beyond their AC/DC-rich playlists): a fuck-it-let’s-just-do-it irreverent streak a mile wide. So when it came to extending the empire beyond the Big Apple, where did they decide to plant the flag? Downtown Vegas? West Hollywood? San Francisco? No. In a former penal colony on the other side of the world, inside a casino. Naturally. Here’s the thing. That is the signature Momofuku lucky peach logo on the door and celebrity chef David Chang is still the big boss. But it’s Ben Greeno’s name that you need to remember. Not least for the snack of fried chicken asses and trout roe that kicks off the ten-or-so course degustation. That, and Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance” turned up so loud you can feel every pogo. Opening in Sydney hasn’t so much been a leap of faith (though it was certainly that too) as a lesson in the power of good hires. In the kitchen, Greeno runs a tight brigade of devoted chefs. The grimn

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Sydney Fish Market
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Sydney Fish Market

This working fishing port – with many types of fishing vessels in Blackwattle Bay, wholesale and retail fish markets, shops, a variety of indoor and outdoor eateries, and picnic tables on an outdoor deck – is well worth the journey to Pyrmont. Get up early and catch the noisy wholesale fish auctions; they start at 5.30am, with tours for public starting at 6.40am. It’s the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and you won’t find more varieties of fish on sale anywhere outside Japan: it trades more than 100 species a day and over 1400 tonnes of fish a year. The Sydney Fish market is also the home of Sydney Seafood School which offers a wide range of classes in handling and cooking seafood (from $85-$155), some held by well-known local chefs. Behind the Scenes Tours are held every Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri (except Public Holidays and between Christmas and New Year). Bookings for these tours are essential. Adult: $35; child $10.

Flying Fish
Restaurants

Flying Fish

A beautifully designed waterside seafood restaurant. Go for the views, stay for the blue eye trevalla.

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