With some of the nation’s best restaurants just a short walk or shorter drive from your Club Resorts, a WorldMark holiday is the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner gourmand. To maximise your foodie experience, reserve a table at one of the following establishments as part of your next Wyndham adventure.
1. Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin
A Hunter Valley favourite, this establishment ranked 15th globally in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Founded by husband-and-wife team Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown, Muse promises contemporary favourites in a seasonal menu loaded with the finest local produce. Located at the Hungerford Hill Winery, you’ll find a suite of reviews lauding the excellent service and dessert special ‘Muse Coconut’.
Location: 3.3km from WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Pokolbin Hill
A word from Troy Rhoades-Brown, Muse Restaurant Owner/Chef
So what’s the secret to your success?
“I definitely feel our restaurant’s success has been down to collectively doing things well for many years. Happy, professional staff who give intuitive, genuine service are essential.”
And what’s the restaurant’s focus?
“We’re a fine dining restaurant that is relaxed and elegant. We focus on making our food refined, creative and reflective of the Hunter Valley.”
What do you want people to remember?
“Delicious seasonal dishes that are exciting and showcase the Hunter Valley’s best produce. We hope our guests feel welcome, relaxed and special!”
2. est., Sydney
Acclaimed by diners and critics alike, Peter Doyle’s est. demonstrates how an incredible culinary experience goes beyond just food. The establishment’s neo-Grecian decor and spacious interior result in a warmly refined ambience, with smart, fast service being one of the restaurant’s strongest points. The kitchen’s creativity is exemplified in dishes like the New Zealand scampi tartare, sterling caviar, kombu, chive oil and golden chicken consommé. Perfect for a special occasion, the nine-course tasting menu is highly recommended.
Location: 2.2km from Wyndham Sydney Suites
3. Attica, Melbourne
Ranked 32 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list – Australia’s highest entry – Attica is fine dining with an Aussie twist. Its famed dégustation features dishes like wattleseed damper, grilled marron with desert lime, jumbuck and tulips, and whipped emu egg with sugar bag. The creative menu is enhanced by a paired wine list and knowledgeable wait-staff, with diners being able to tour the kitchens and the restaurant’s garden between the main courses and dessert. Due to a lengthy waiting list, booking ahead is necessary.
Location: 8.5km from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne
4. Nobu Japanese Restaurant, Burswood
Arguably the world’s most famous Japanese restaurant, Nobu packs a celebrity punch with its part-owner, Hollywood legend Robert de Niro. Brainchild of chef Nobu Matshuhisa, the restaurant skilfully fuses traditional Japanese favourites with a South American palate – ceviche and anticucho share the menu with teriyaki and tempura. Occupying pride-of-place at Perth’s Crown Plaza, the restaurant’s interior amazes with glass chandeliers and an intimate sake bar.
Location: 7.1km from Ramada Perth, The Outram
5. Spirit House, Yandina
Awarded a Chef Hat nine times, Spirit House overlooks an emerald-green lake and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens – a wondrous world that weaves its way into almost every online review. Rich in Southeast-Asian flavours, its menu includes dishes like honey-glazed duck breast and tamarind with pineapple curry and banana relish, with local produce like Hervey Bay scallops and Mooloolaba king prawns heavily featured.
Location: 23.2 km from Ramada Marcoola Beach
6. Stunned Mullet, Port Macquarie
The complexity and creativity of the Stunned Mullet’s menu leaves no doubt why this Port Macquarie icon has been awarded a Chef’s Hat six times. Technically-challenging dishes like confit duck with truffled polenta, sour cherry and bitter leaves and Mandagery Creek venison with bone marrow, blackberry and radish are executed with consistent perfection. Trying the Glacier 51 Toothfish is highly recommended – this rare fish can only be found in the icy waters near Heard Island, and the Stunned Mullet’s kitchen does it justice. Try boutique beers from the extensive drinks menu while admiring Town Beach across the road.
Location: 1.8km from Ramada Resort Flynns Beach
7. Brae, Birregurra
Popular with online reviewers and critics, Brae’s menu changes daily depending on the produce offered by its onsite organic garden and local growers. Its 10-course dégustation is crafted with innovation and a respect for the environment – you can try dishes like oyster soft serve, sea urchin and chicory bread pudding. The excellence of owner Dan Hunter’s establishment has put Birregurra on the map, so make sure you book well in advance!
Location: 53.9km from Wyndham Resort Torquay
8. Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant, Gold Coast
Top-tier seafood is the centrepiece of the Omeros Bros. experience, with fresh oysters, king prawns, calamari, octopus, Hervey Bay scallops, snapper, whiting and sole all featuring prominently on the menu. The $45.90 three-course set menu offers excellent value and delivers some of the restaurant’s best food. Waterside dining and its proximity to the Marina Mirage lend the Omeros Bros. a delightful, oceanic ambience.
Location: 5.8km from Wyndham Surfers Paradise