When Lennox Hastie, former chef at Spain’s Asador Etxebarri (renowned as one of the best restaurants in the world), said he wanted to set up shop in Sydney, Sydney got excited. And then Sydney waited. And waited. It took three years, but Firedoor was certainly worth the wait – and it continues to impress in more ways than one. The space is cool – a sliding steel-clad wooden door reveals gorgeous wood detailing, communal tables and bar dining – but it’s the thought that has gone into the food that makes it stand out. Think marron smoked over apple wood and garnished with finger lime or medium-rare dry-aged rib on the bone with lemon. It takes a special chef to deliver such sophistication in simplicity and with a stellar wine list from young gun Ned Goodwin, it’s one of the city's most exciting restaurants.

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