Rockpool is an institution known for its inventive food. At the helm is Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most high-profile chefs. Lunch is a great way to see what the fuss is about without breaking the bank—three courses will cost you A$79. It’s a true Sydney dining experience—if you can afford it. Reservations are essential. Also making waves in Sydney for its fish dishes, rotisserie meats, prime steaks, and pastas is sister restaurant Rockpool Bar & Grill, 66 Hunter St. ([tel] 02/8078 1900).