Experience No.023 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.

With a cluster of top-notch eateries and thousands of Qantas in-flight menus to his name, sometimes it feels as though Neil Perry owns Australia’s food scene from the moment you set foot on Australian soil.

Food critics have been breaking out the adjectives since Rockpool Bar and Grill’s grand opening in 2009.

He’s a divisive character, but you’ve got to hand it to him; Perry knows how to get things right. The Rockpool Bar and Grill, whose sister restaurant sits in Melbourne’s Crown Casino, stuns diners before food even becomes involved.

In the bowel of a stunning Art Deco skyscraper in Sydney’s CBD, Rockpool Bar and Grill does decadence and old-world glamour with ease. Food critics have been breaking out the adjectives since its grand opening in 2009; once they’ve finished raving about the room, they move on to the meat. Blackmore’s Wagyu, Greenhams and Rangers Valley produce grace the tables after onsite dry aging.

Even if you can’t grab a table, the bar menu has some showstoppers. On any day sidle up to the marble counter and count the number of hamburgers on the table. This may be a glorified steak joint but this is no ordinary burger. David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu melts in your mouth alongside bacon, Gruyere cheese and Zuni pickle. At $22 the meal will break your heart and possibly some arteries but not your budget.

Where: 66 Hunter St, Sydney. (02) 8078 1900, www.rockpool.com.au

Did you know: Don’t get this hearty steak place confused with Rockpool, Perry’s sublime seafood restaurant just down the road.

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