Expedia’s Sydney Area Manager Louis sets his sights on seeing Sydney the Merviale way.  

Eating and drinking in Sydney

When comes to going out in Sydney, for casual, business or fine dining meals, drinks, people watching or live entertainment, the choices are endless. We’ve set ourselves the task of doing all this just at Merivale establishments.

Justin Hemmes, at the helm of Merivale, travelled the world and brought a little bit of everything back with him. Merivale’s use of local architects and designers to create larger-than-life venues has changed Sydney’s hospitality scene forever. Sydney now rivals any other city in the world when it comes to bars and food venues.

Business Lunch

If you want to impress and it’s all about the food, you can’t go past est. Set in a beautiful heritage dining room with soaring white columns right in the heart of the CBD, est. delivers dining on a grand scale. Renowned for its trademark contemporary Australian food, the menu at est. is uncluttered, seasonally driven and executed with French-influenced precision. After having a meal at est. you can retreat upstairs to Hemmesphere Bar which draws inspiration from the Ottoman Empire’s sophistication, style and cocktail culture. The bar’s low, comfortable lounges are great for more intimate conversations.

One of the few authentic sushi bars in Sydney is sushi e, located on the same floor as Hemmesphere. It has a dedicated following of sushi fans around the world – including Tokyo.

Food with friends

If you’re after a more relaxed meal to be shared with a team of friends, Mr. Wong is the place for you. Mr. Wong pays homage to classic Chinese influences in a contemporary style. The Colonial vibe is brought to life through timber floors with tiled inlay, bamboo framed French woven chairs and slow-turning ceiling fans. The Cantonese-style menu has more than 60 dishes and an unrivalled dim sum selection. Half the adventure will be finding Mr. Wong, which is tucked away in one of Sydney’s cool alley ways and half underground.

After dinner, head around the corner to Palmer & Co, an underground 1920s style bar where you can hear live music while sipping your cocktail.