Best City Restaurant List

Aria, Brisbane

Aria, Brisbane

1 Eagle St, Brisbane 
(07) 3233 2555

CUISINEModern Classic
WINE LIST Ian Trinkle
WINEs ON LIST 1000 (54 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$266 by the glass)

If location is key then Aria Brisbane has always been a winner, ideally positioned by the river in the CBD.

Three things make this a list that sits on a higher plane than most. First, while it is extensive, if you dip into any region from around the globe you can be certain that the very finest makers will feature heavily, and they will be well supported by emerging stars.

Secondly, you may find it hard to get too far into the list as there is an array of tempting options with which to begin. A fine collection by the glass, elevated by the use of Coravin (an ‘04 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro or ‘94 Jim Barry Armagh anyone?) kicks off proceedings. Enticing sherries follow, with the highlight being the brilliant Navazos offerings. There’s also an all-embracing assembly of sake, an intriguing selection of Beaujolais and an excellent assortment of local wines from the Granite Belt.

Finally, as any good CBD list should have, there’s a wonderful and far-reaching collection of great reds from around the globe. Ken Gargett



Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney
(02) 9251 5600

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Amanda Yallop
WINEs ON LIST 520 (49 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$82 by the glass)

Amanda Yallop’s superlative wine list at Quay is everything you expect in an iconic Sydney Harbour dining experience. She traverses the length and breadth of the international wine world, embracing classic superstars and cutting edge trends with effortless poise. Think Cullen, Foillard, Gravner, Rippon and Sami-Odi. LR

Il Lido

88 Marine Pde, Cottesloe 
(08) 9286 1111

WINE LISTDan Wegener
WINEs ON LIST 430 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$35 by the glass)

Without a doubt one of Australia's great wine lists and no surprise with talented Dan Wegener at the helm.  Wegener has always led, rather than followed, having the confidence to include a broad spectrum of wines rather be constrained by the whim of fashion. There has been careful curation with each wine serving a purpose, as well as additional treats such as house-made sodas, sparkling aperitifs and classy spirits.   It is an Italian focused list, in line with the restaurant's theme, but it also houses an impressive selection of local WA and interstate producers.  Wegener includes select wines from France, New Zealand, California, Germany and Austria at his discretion.  Each category is commendable, though one must mention the large spread of nebbiolos, Amarones and Super Tuscans, plus the excellent selection of fine chardonnay and pinot noir.  But this list it not all about grandiose names and regions; it is about diversity, balance, quality and detail.