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Sydney's Best Fine Dining Set Menus Under $150

Treat yourself without breaking the bank with these delicious degustation menus under $150.

Ester Chippendale
Ester Chippendale

Look, we'll level with you, the past few years have put us through the wringer! With lockdown after lockdown, borders slamming shut, general global strife, not to mention the fact that Chris Hemsworth still hasn't asked us out... we're in dire need of cheering up. 

It's time to treat ourselves! We're gathering up the gang and heading out to enjoy deliciously decadent degustations at Sydney's hottest new restaurants and then raising a glass at Sydney's sleekest new bars

To help keep the whole thing on budget, we've made an epic edit of the best budget fine dining options in Sydney. Scroll to check out our edit of the best set menus under $150.

Yellow

Well ahead of the plant-based eating trends, this Potts Point restaurant has been serving up an 100% vegetarian menu since 2016. Currently serving a six-course vegan tasting menu start with entrees of daikon, watermelon and fingerlime and buckwheat blini topped with kombu cream with pickled kelp. Four small mains showcase a veritable rainbow of plant based favourites including our personal favourite, the fairy tale eggplant with pickled baby onions and sunflower seeds. Cleanse your palate with strawberry curd granita with apple and mine and wattle seed ice cream with lemon myrtle.

Details: $105 six-course vegan tasting menu (matching wine $90)

57 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Jung Sung

Our favourite contemporary Korean restaurant, Jung Sung is a chic sunlit restaurant with a modern industrial feel. Their two seasonal set menus are heavy on seafood with rich Korean flavours. Think candy melon and ocean trout with smoked horseradish or beautiful Moretone bay bugs with deconstructed bibimbap decorated with flowers and poached in butter. Their sweet corn dessert is truly showstopping with custard shaped like a cob, doused in caramelised pistachio!

Details: $105 for four courses (matching wines $60) or $135 for six courses (matching wines $80)

Level 3, Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Hubert

One of Sydney’s best French eateries, Restaurant Hubert is a firm favourite with Sydney foodies. The bistro is a Parisian wonderland, and in typical French style, the wine list is illustrious and the food, exceptional. If you’re looking for a heavenly feed without the hefty price tag check out the pétit banquet at $115 per person. Starting, as all good meals do, with a warm baguette, eat your way through wagyu beef tartare, escargots XO and gnocchi Parisienne before the main course, a whole chicken and finish the night with a classic crème caramel. If you’re in the mood for a lighter feed, check out Bar Pincer, the restaurant’s bar, their menu is essentially an abridged version of Hubert’s and is well worth a look. 

Details: $115 Petit Banquet, $155 Grand Banquet (both minimum four guests)

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Ester

With polished concrete arches and lights hanging from the ceiling, Ester is the perfect place for an affordable set menu. Small plates of roasted rock oysters and fermented potato break with dashi and trout roe, pickled cucumber, scallops and fried corn give way to rich wagyu bavette steak with woodfired Hasselback potatoes and rich, creative desserts.

Details: $125 per person set menu

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Arthur

A hatted restaurant serving up epic five-course set menus for less than $150 is practically unheard of but, at Arthur that’s exactly what you'll find. For $130 per person you can get your hands on some of the best modern Australian cuisine in Sydney. Owned by head chef Tristian Rosier (Farmhouse, Dead Ringer) and his partner the ambitious menu changes regularly and aims to tell a story with every dish. A smart and gutsy chef, Rosier trained at Biota and Est and the signature produce driven fare – think Ester or Automata but at a fraction of the cost. For bright, rich, bold food at an unquestionably reasonable price, you can’t look past Arthur.

To make the experience even more memorable, book the chef's experience for your next date night. Available for only two guests per sitting, enjoy a enviable view of the kitchen atop their marble bar with every dish presented and explained by Arthur's talented chefs. 

Details: $130 per person for a five course menu ($95 per person beverage pairing)

544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

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Chef Nelly Robinson – who has been working in Michelin-starred kitchen’s since the tender age of 14 – is one of Australia’s most innovative creators. Constantly challenging themselves with a themed degustation menu which is reinvented every 10 weeks, you’ll never be bored at nel. Their current menu – the epic Once Upon a Time – Chapter 3 menu – will be on offer until Saturday 9th April. Part of the joy of the menu comes from being wrapped up in childlike wonderment and surprise at every dish but we’ll tease you with tales of dishes like ‘man’s red fire’ where ribs are served at your table alight and the rich pork ‘hundred acre wood’ dish where pork belly and carrots are served in the shape of Pooh and Piglet or the citrusy neon ‘boo’s best friend’ dessert.  

Details: Degustation menu $145 (wine pairings for $105)

75 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney

Botanic House
Botanic House
Botanic House

Luke Nguyen’s Botanic House serves up a menu that marries South East Asian flavours with native Australian ingredients and does it all in one of Sydney’s most enviable locations. Whilst their deluxe dinner menu is technically $155, you’ll also score a house cocktail, four matching wines and tea and coffee which is perfect for fine dining on a budget. Now onto the food, expect a chef’s selection of dumplings, seared scallops, salt and native pepper calamari before mains of kingfish sashimi, slow-cooked wagyu brisket and market fish with tempura saltbush.

Details: Deluxe Package Dinners $155pp including cocktail, coffee and matching wines

Botanic House, Royal Botanic Garden

If you've read this far we can all but guarantee you're in the market for a bougie, foodie night out! Check out our favourite degustations in Sydney (budget be damned!) or head here to check out our favourite rooftop bars! Or, if you can keep a secret, check out Sydney's best hidden bars.