Galileo Restaurant at The Langham

Restaurant in Sydney

Modern Australian Cuisine Restaurant

Set in the historic Rocks area of central Sydney, a few metres away from the Harbour Bridge, is the small and prestigious Langham Hotel which is home to the award-winning Galileo Restaurant.

Galileo professes to offer modern Australian fine-dining in a Parisian-setting. As a European, I can concur that it does indeed feel vaguely Parisian, and the food is definitely among the best I have ever tasted.

I visited Galileo on a summer evening, with much anticipation as I had only heard very good things about the quality of the food here. I started the evening with a cocktail in the Globe Bar, trying not to munch on too many of the delicious nibbles as I knew I had an eight course Degustation menu to work my way through.

As I entered the restaurant, I was struck by how charming it is to find a restaurant in Sydney that has a traditional old-world feel about it. Everything in the city is generally new and shiny, but Galileo’s ambience offers comfort, style and had it been winter you would certainly linger well into the night as it feels very intimate and cosy.

The staff were excellent. They were friendly, impeccable and very knowledgeable about every dish presented. They asked if we wanted pauses between courses, and were on hand to recommend wine accompaniments to each course, chosen from a very extensive wine cellar. The Degustation menu included some local must-trys such as Balmain Bugs, a small sand lobster from the Harbour. The presentation and tastes were amazing, and whilst there were too many dishes to go into individually, of particular note were the smoked trout starter and the Japanese inspired mushroom salad amuse bouche.

I cannot recommend this dining experience enough. It is the perfect place for a romantic meal (congratulations to the lady that said “yes” to a proposal on the table behind me) or for food lovers anywhere and would impress even the most dedicated gourmet traveller.

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine Australian
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Couples, business colleagues, professionals
Restaurant good for Couples, Romance, Doing business
Cost per head Expensive
Dress Code Smart Casual
Dining Options Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

European, chic and cosy.

Additional Price Comments

8 Course Degustation Menu $110; Vegetarian Degustation Menu: $95. À la carte Entrées from $24; Mains from $37; Desserts from $18. Wine $60 to $100 average but range from $55-$1000+.

Last updated on 08-02-2013

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