12 MAR 2018

The best late night eats in Sydney

Musicians have a reputation for being night owls, so who better to ask for tips on Sydney's best late-night dining spots?

The musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform at the Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall every week, wrapping up as late as 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights (and often mid-week as well!). From Lebanese gems to alleyway bars, here are 10 of our musicians' favourite post-concert eating and watering holes.

1. Golden Century

Frank Celata, Acting Principal Clarinet: One of my favourites would have to be Golden Century restaurant, which is open very late. My favourite dishes there are pipi Clams with XO sauce, salt and pepper squid and Peking duck. 

393-399 Sussex St, Sydney

Mr. Wong

2. Mr. Wong

Euan Harvey, Horn: I really like the Cantonese-style restaurant Mr. Wong because it's so close to the Sydney Opera House. The food is fantastic and it's open until really late, which is great after a concert.

3 Bridge Ln, Sydney

3. Fatima's 

Ben Ward, Double Bass: After a concert, I really like going to Fatima's, a lebanese restaurant in Surry Hills. It's a while away from the Sydney Opera House but it's worth it!

294-296 Cleveland St, Surry Hills


4. Wilhelmina's

Nicola Lewis, First Violin: I go to Wilhelmina's in Balmain after a concert where I like to have a mushroom toastie (with casalingo de vera cheese and truffle honey) and a glass of wine.

332 Darling St, Balmain


5. Mamak

Emily Long, First Violin: I love going to Mamak after concerts. It's one of the few places that's still open when we finish playing and it's so cheap and tasty.

15 Goulburn St, Sydney

Palmer & Co

6. Palmer & Co 

Kirsty Hilton, Principal Second Violin: Sometimes we go to Palmer & Co because it's not too far from the Sydney Opera House and has this really cool 'Great Gatsby' vibe. It's nice to unwind after a concert with a cheese board and charcuterie.

Abercrombie Ln, Sydney

7. Opera Kitchen

Wendy Kong, Second Violin:  Opera Kitchen is close to the Sydney Opera House so it's very convenient. We usually get more of a snack, like fries or pizza (in my opinion, any pizza with pepperoni is good!), because it's already pretty late when we finish performing.

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Pt, Sydney

Caffe Roma

8. Caffe Roma

Nick Byrne, Trombone: Principal Tuba Steve Rosse and I always used to go to Caffe Roma for pizza after a concert! There's always a colourful crowd and I can highly recommend the pizza campagnola.

9 Kellett Street, Potts Point

9. 678 Sydney

Alexander Norton, First Violin: After a concert you'll probably find me having a bowl of Bibimbap with a beer at one of the Korean restaurants such as 678 Sydney. Korean food is particularly good. Ever since the orchestra toured Korea a couple of years ago, the food has really grown on me.

Level 1, 396 Pitt corner Goulburn St, Sydney

10. Guylian Cafe

Felicity Tsai, Viola: I really like the Guylian Cafe at Circular Quay. They have amazing desserts and hot chocolates, with real chocolate melted in the bottom of the mug. It's a nice quiet place to go and relax after a concert.

Shop 10, Opera Quays, 3 Macquarie St, Sydney