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Culture or location? What makes for a popular restaurant in Australia?

April 21, 2017 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

We wonder; what makes a restaurant so popular? Is it the quirky location, the original menu, the attentive staff or is it simply by word of mouth? We are going to look at two of Australia’s hottest restaurants here and see what it is that attracts diners back through their doors again and again.

My first spot is the O Bar in Sydney, a restaurant and bar that finds itself mingled within the busy skyline of the city’s Business District. Residing in an unremarkable looking tower block, its reputation precedes itself as it offers visitors something far more unique than a cleverly crafted menu or a quirky theme. Even before food is mentioned. It is such, that any negative opinions you might happen upon will be quickly cast aside in favour of experiencing it for yourself. I am talking of course about its revolving 360 degree view of Sydney. Although it’s neat and attractive interior, and set menu of aesthetically pleasing dishes seems to aim itself at the cosmopolitan go-getters and busy professionals; this unique dining experience also attracts visitors and tourists in their droves.

My second spot is Allure on Currumbin, a French fine dining restaurant based out on the Gold Coast. With a simple and elegant A La Carte menu that is complimented by the flawless presentation of such dishes as a Fish Du Jour and Classic French Duck, the focus here seems to be solely on the dining experience. The location, although central, offers nothing special per say but the restaurant itself is spacious, bright and pleasantly decorated.

There’s nothing to define what the perfect restaurant should be but some people treat their food as an experience, a culinary adventure, and seek out international cuisine that they’ve never tried before. The restaurant doesn’t have to be perfect but these types hope to try something new, taste a random flavour or seek out culture points by posting food pics online. Other diners prefer the more casual non-event of eating out with friends and family, choosing to focus on the company at hand rather than the culture aspect of the dishes. With these diners, location and first impressions are key. Of course, different people seek out different things in a restaurant, but the one obvious thing that everyone wants in a restaurant is good food.

Of course, the beauty of the world these days is that anyone can experience beautiful global food, prepared and cooked by masters of their trade, right at home. Whether you want to try a spicy Thai Red Curry, a mouth-watering American style doughnut or a box of thick Japanese Udon Noodles; with services like Deliveroo Australia

, you can have the international dining experience you desire without the fuss that dining out inevitably brings with

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