7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Brilliant Strangers’ Restaurant At The NSW Parliament

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Brilliant Strangers’ Restaurant At The NSW Parliament

Food connoisseurs — we’ve got a swanky new place for you.

We love finding hidden gems around the city and bringing them to you. If you take your food as seriously as we do, The Strangers’ Restaurant should be high up on your list. With food and plating to die for and a dining experience as unforgettable as it gets, this striking restaurant in the heart of Sydney CBD is one to look out for. Instagram enthusiasts will find the stylish and neat interiors apart from consistently delicious eats an added incentive to head down there. If you’re keen to dine at this serene and spectacular hideaway, we’re here to give you a lowdown of 7 things you didn’t know about the Stranger’s Restaurant to give you just the push you need to experience this foodie haven.

1. You don’t have to be a member of the parliament to dine here

While historically the who’s who of politics and government have dined here, you and I are also very much welcome to dine at the restaurant. Not only do you get to take in the rich history and tradition of the place but you get to enjoy a fine selection of wines and local delicacies all at your disposal to experience.

2. Guests visiting the Restaurant were referred to as ‘strangers’

Interestingly, guests who visited the Parliament House, including aristocrats and members of the Royal Family were referred to as ’strangers’, evoking the adage, ‘there are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met.’

3. Some of the world’s most famous people have visited

Queen Elizabeth II opening the NSW Parliament in 1954

Right from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty- The Strangers’ Restaurant has played host to a wide variety of people. Audrey Hepburn, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princes of Wales, Princess Diana and the Duke of Wessex have been some of the famous guests.

4. It’s (for good reason) an award-winning restaurant

The Strangers’ Restaurant wine list was awarded a two-glass rating which is deemed to be excellent in 2019 and 2020 in the Australian Wine List Awards by Gourmet Traveller Wine. So you can rest assured, you’re in for a treat.

5. You can burn off those extra calories by taking a walking tour of the prestigious NSW Parliament

NSW Parliament Building

A huge motivation to book a table right away is the free tour of the Parliament House that follows the meal Monday and Friday at 1.30pm. That’s right, you get to stay back following your delicious meal and wander the halls that are steeped in history and tradition. You can also view, up close and personal, a diverse collection of artefacts from around the State.


6. The Restaurant is big on supporting local

The Strangers’ Restaurant makes it a point, as much as possible, to use ingredients and produce that are sourced locally. All wines are from regional NSW and all food is sourced through farmers who practice sustainable farming.

7. Tea is served in some of the finest teacups

Since The Strangers’ Restaurant is so steeped in history and tradition — they only serve high tea on the Parliamentary crested wedgwood tea cups and plates. High Tea is an age-old and revered tradition at the NSW Parliament House and available to the public every Friday. Find more information here.

The Strangers’ Restaurant at Parliament House is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm and on Friday’s High Tea is served between 12noon and 3pm and bookings are essential. You can make a reservation here.

(All images supplied/ The Strangers’ Restaurant)

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