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Fine dining, Down Under

Mark Best, chef of Marque in Surry Hills, winner of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide chef-of-the-year award. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
At Icebergs, a sophisticated Italian restaurant atop a swimming club on Sydney’s popular Bondi Beach, the views and the food are prime. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
At the casual storefront Bill’s on Liverpool Street in Sydney, you need remember only two words: ricotta pancakes. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
Steve Hodges, chef of Fish Face in Sydney’s Darlinghurst neighborhood, serves sublime fish and chips. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
Smoked trout with chiles, garlic and trout roe served on a betel leaf star at Longrain’s, a Thai restaurant on Commonwealth Street in Sydney. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
Billy Kwong, a modern restaurant serving flavorful Chinese food, draws models, actors, tourists and foodies. (Phillip Hayson / For The Times)
Sydney Opera House: the jewel of Sydney Harbour. (Greg Wood AFP/Getty Images)