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“Maybe Best in Sydney” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Est

Est
Level 1, 252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 9240 3000
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Ranked #12 of 5,479 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Perth, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Maybe Best in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Well, maybe second best, after Tetsuya. But then again, I used to think Est was about on a par with Quay and Aria, but in the last couple of years they have taken a step up.

The service is just astounding, I doubt it is better anywhere in the world.

Food is exceptional. Right up there and close to the best of the best in the world.

Wine list is rightly considered one of the best in Sydney. Though a bit pricey, even by 3 hat restaurant standards.

The only thing that every so slightly lets it down is the ambience and the décor, but that is being really, really nit-picky.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Yeh ok, but better restaurants for this price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Sorry to be a stickler, but I've been to many restaurants of this calibre in Sydney, and Est. just didn't compare.
Regarding the service, the staff tried, but it ended up making the atmosphere pretentious - Australian fine dining service is normally formal but understated which means you aren't intimidated - the staff here didn't achieve that balance.
Food: was fine, but nothing new or special
Overall: we had to giggle that with the pomp and ceremony the staff were doing, we saw 2 cockroaches wandering across the walls :P

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Definately one of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Went to Quay restaurant one day, didn't think it could get any better, then went to Est, and it does. View aside of course, this restaurant had the best service I have come across anywhere, the individual synchronised placing of plates in front of each member of the table was faultless and impressive. The food was visually spectacular, and an absolute pleasure to eat, I didn't want it to end.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Yammi food in friendly atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Food, service and staff were absolutely fantastic. Exstrimely pleasant experience for my friends and me. We had numerouse dishes that gave us good impression of Chief's cooking skills. It's really a gem. I can recommend this place.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Some of the best food in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Est is a fantastic restaurant above a very cool bar. The food is amazing and would definitely be ranked up there with the top restaurants from around the world.

An absolute must for anyone visiting the CBD.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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