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#592 of 2,731 Restaurants in Sydney
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our evening at Oncore has cemented a theory I’ve had for some time, white table fine dining is dying. In fact, I now believe that in Sydney, it’s dead. Outpaced and outsmarted by the elite brasseries and casual fine dining establishments that better reflect today’s...values and culture. There simply isn’t a product in Sydney good enough to rise above. Each dish served in the seasonal menu at Oncore was unremarkable. Everything was good, but that doesn’t cut it at a $700 a head experience. We couldn’t put our fingers on what was wrong with the Murray cod, until we realised… it needed seasoning. The food service was impersonal. Not once were we asked what we thought of the food, how our meal was. Every dish was delivered with its script. The table was reset between courses. The bill was brought at the end, before it was requested and the credit card machine, tip screen expectantly glowing, was presented. The only exception to the unremarkable service was the sommelier, who added some warm and much needed personality to the evening. With the exception of a middling Pinot Noir, the wines were the highlight of the experience, far surpassing the forgettable food. There was also a point where carrot was made into sorbet. And not in a good way. All in all, a disappointing experience for the bar set by the incredible setting and equally impressive price tag.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is Sydney’s (possibly Australia's) #1 fine dining restaraunt. Every meal was flawlessly devine. This restaraunt is commensurate with a small international holiday. Simply sublime in every sequence of our experience. Put this on your bucket list or make it the priority for your next...very special occasion. It towers over Vue De Monde in quality and our view was a privelaged panorama of the most picturesque visions of Sydney’s water ways. One of my favourite memories now with my beautiful ladyMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 February 2024 via mobile

One word WOW. We first saw Clare Smyth as a guest on Australian Masterchef. So it was a no brainer to make reservations when we decided to visit Sydney. The restaurant is beautifully laid out with stunning views of the Opera House, the Bridge and...the restaurant’s Kitchen. The staff were friendly and accommodating regarding dietary requirements. They were informative regarding the dishes and wine twinning. All the dishes were delicious - but the highlight was the dessert Core-teser which was sublime - thought I had died and awoke in Chocolate Heaven But if I had one criticism - it would be some of the plating accessories as I am not sure what they bring to the dish and sometimes made it difficult to eat the main attraction - the foodMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

This was my birthday dinner and was probably one of the very best experiences of my life after Ducasse in Hotel Athenée Paris a few years back. The location is formidable with views of Sydney Harbour and almost 360° all around and the furnishings are...warm and welcoming with a modern twist with shiny steel columns. The service is undescribably perfect in every sense of the word. The set menu was superb. Each plating presentation was a work of art in itself and almost a shame to devour if it weren't all even more delightful and delicious than the presentation itself. Everything timed to perfection. There is nothing out of place or not organized. When we go back to Sydney we'll certainly go back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

The best restaurant I have ever been to. Service was amazing, view spectacular, music playlist was fun and the food was incredible

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

A little bit disappointed. The + : The restaurant is beautiful. Open kitchen is amazing. We got the best view overlooking the bridge and Sydney opera house. Food is tasty and look flawless. Service is discreet. The - : We arrive and waited 20mn in...the bar. Then, we moved to the restaurant and waited another 10/10 mn (only one table in the restaurant except us). They rushed us at the end, not pleasant, to get the table back even though we ate quite fast. Nobody ask “how was everything?” “Do you need a taxi?” “Any favorite course?” They just gave us the bill, make us pay, and bye. It was my boyfriend birthday, the receptionist asked us and we told her, we saw they told something to the table next to us during dessert about a birthday, but not our table. It looked too busy. Waiting staff great but asking us questions and not looking/ listening for the answers, they were looking at the door or other tables all the time. You don’t feel very comfortable. The service was average, not personalised, very robotic. Food was very tasty, but nothing special. Bread tasty but very simple. Petits fours were very bad.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

Fine Dining with view of Opera Hse and Harbour Bridge at level 26 of Crown Towers Sydney. Ordered the 7 course seasonal menu for A$395. Superb. Well worth the money. Comes with a complimentary entree.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023

If you have a really special occasion then this is the place to go, from the moment you enter the building you are made to feel special. You are greeted as you get off the lift and you even get to say hello to the...chefs in the open kitchen, showing you to the table we were thrilled as we had a window seat with gorgeous views of the harbour bridge and the opera house!!! We had the tasting menu which was amazing from start to finish, the core apple and core teaser were works of art, everybite of food was finished to such a high standard and the attention to detail WOW. Every member of staff was so lovely and there’s no stuffiness at all in this restaurant, always ready for a chat after they described the food which was great. Lovely service, lovely food and we being from the UK love the fact that Claire has made her mark in Australia too 👏👏🎉🎉More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

The menu was fair not spectacular for the price asked ! I felt disappointed by the whole experience

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

My recount on some of the highlights below: Ambience of the restaurant was that it was far too noisy, wasn’t able here ourselves and also the waiters explaining the food clearly - very hard to hear, mostly unable to capture it. To further add to...this ambience, complete overload of staff. Very much unnecessary when they would just casually talk to each other doing nothing. Too many people just walking around the small area that it seems - quite disproportionate. Everyone in the kitchen and working in the floor just looked stressed, tired, unhappy which all contributed to hindering our enjoyment of the food. Serving etiquette for a place like this, expected much much better. Sometimes serving female members on the table last when they should be served first - very inconsistent throughout the night which was not helped by different waiters (of varying experience) managing our table. Bread served was cold. Not the norm that I’d expect. Even in airplanes you get warm bread - doesn’t give me the sense of freshness and the effect of having the butter melt on the bread. Going back to inconsistency in staff experience, there was one time a waiter had almost forgot to explain one of the dishes for a guest (as he’d ordered a different set menu). Again, something that I wouldn’t expect for such a restaurant’s reputatIon I’ve read about. On top of all this, the waiters seemed to be rote learning the menus - instead of addressing us and talking to us about the dish we were served, they addressed someone in “mid-air”, eyes looking up as if reading from a teleprompter, very strange. Sauce pouring was very inconsistent, some guests receiving a noticeably greater amount or a lesser amount. Simply distorts the whole experience, very unacceptable for a restaurant 3 hatted. Wiping the table seems to be all an “act” from the staff. Every time they came to supposedly wipe off crumbs/spillovers - they always seem to keep missing the actual crumbs. If you have 2 eyes, you should use them. You should consider coming here if you want to try the most expensive potato. It’s not a gratin but simply a whole single potato that isn’t even complete (both top and bottom cut off), garnished with some caviar. There is a significant problem when everyone on the table just talks about the sauce/gravy only. One of the desserts called Lemonade and Honey, was quite sour. Unable to the honey and overall reminded me of the honey lemon flavoured Strepsils. Another dessert was their signature ‘Core Apple’. Mine came with a bit of dent on the surface and the bottom of it was not cleanly covered, but rather jagged. This was inconsistent compared to others that got served the same dish - accuracy to detail is not there. Whilst serving the final course, being the petit four, one of the waiters dropped one of the wine jelly balls on the floor. When leaving, one of the waiters brought our jackets we wore. She only brought 3 of them and we needed to remind her that we had 2 more… For a restaurant of this calibre in a 6 star hotel, do we need to remind them? Very disappointed in this experience! As someone who has been to some of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, Oncore across food and service fell significant below par, inconsistent. Will not go again nor will I recommend someone to go unless significant changes considered. Came to give it chance but sadly my thoughts also echo the thoughts from several of our friends who have come here before.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 August 2023

Food was good and the service was also good on the day. However the restaurant did not respect dietary requirements and I was extremely disappointing in their response when this was brought to their attention- they very simply and easily could have shown that they...took responsibility for their lack of care on the day. Would expect this of any restaurant, let alone one of this calibre. Pity as the staff seemed very nice and the views beautiful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023

I booked a seat in the bar as we would be tired from travelling. In hindsight, I should have been more specific when telling friends that I had booked a table at the bar as they were fairly underdressed for the setting but 1 wine...in with welcoming service and all was forgiven. The hosting started from the moment we stepped out of our taxi, with an escort to the correct entrance and the elevators (no buttons pressed here) up to the 26th floor to soak up fabulous views over the city in an intimate bar with top class service. I had already pored over the bar menu and ordered for all and everything - every ‘snack’ was a feast for the eyes and the palate. A gorgeous photo op. Next time: I will tell my guests that this is stilettos not sandals or sandshoes. I will video the duck presentation and I will be less tired.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023 via mobile

Dropped a star because of the way you get to the restaurant. You have to go to reception and queue up. Unfortunately for us it was very busy so 10mins or so go by before we get to reception where we’re welcomed and taken to...the lift to go up. Food was absolutely wonderful. We went for the truffle menu and every course came with it somewhere - either in a fragrant sauce or grated over the top. THE best course was the linguini with fresh truffle shaved at the table. We also went with the wine pairing which for $215 per person was pricey but we thought the wines would be worthwhile. Sadly they weren’t and apart from the Riesling and Madera were pretty average. The amount served was also a surprise - would be interested in how many ml each glass was cause I’d estimate 50-70ml so with 6 glasses wasn’t a lot of wine and not something I’d recommend. Overall a great meal for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 June 2023

This is a great special occasion restaurant in Sydney. It is certainly not cheap but the combination of food, service and theatre makes it an event as well as a meal. We chose the classics menu, which is based on many of Clare Smyth's dishes...from the UK restaurant. Very much enjoyed it. Particularly enjoyed the lamb carrot – the carrot is the “hero” so very little lamb but amazing flavour. The Core apple dessert was also really good. (No bad dishes – just some that stood out.) The wine pairing was 6 x 100mm glasses – a lot of wine – so instead we selected a few glasses as we went – assisted by Darcy, who is excellent sommelier. Good selection of wine is really important for a meal like this and Darcy listened to our likes and made great suggestions. (The wine list is huge and international so I wouldn't delve into that unassisted unless you really know your wine.) An excellent meal and really good service.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

A humble spud stole the show, a steak that had been cooking for 40 hours, melts in the mouth, and the core-teaser, just amazing! Well worth it for a special occasion, hope to be back when Clare is in the kitchen.

Date of visit: May 2023
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