Fine dining at Parliament House

Strangers’ Restaurant
Monday to Friday | 12 pm to 3 pm

Strangers’ Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Domain, provides a rare opportunity for the public to experience fine dining at New South Wales Parliament House.

Executive Chef, Vanessa Harcourt and her very talented and passionate culinary team, have designed a seasonal menu that showcases the wonderful delicacies and unique regions of New South Wales. The Restaurant proudly supports local farmers who practice ethical and sustainable farming methods. The matching wines on the menu are designed to highlight a wide variety of award winning and unique wineries from across the state.

The Restaurant is open on Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with the last seating at 2:00 pm.

The a la carte menu and 3 course lunch special is available on Monday to Thursday, whilst High Tea is held every Friday.

Bookings are essential

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Seasonal Menu
The menu rotates throughout the year to accommodate the seasonal change of local produce. Menus are usually available by the start of the month. July and December menus have a Christmas theme.
The maximum number for group bookings in the restaurant is 20 people. Minimum numbers for a booking is 2, maximum numbers for a group is 20 people. The Group organiser can settle the bill for the package on the day or pre-purchase a gift voucher to cover the cost of the package. Each table will be responsible for settling their own additional drinks that are ordered on the day.

For groups over 20 people private dining room are available, please refer to the function & events page above.

$25.00 / 36.00
NSW rock oysters with Hogwash dressing or natural with lemon (GF) 6 / 12
Pickled beetroot, ash goat’s cheese, mustard dressing, autumn leaves (GF, V)
Smoked salmon and ocean trout terrine, pickled eschalots & piccalilli (GF, DF)
Slow cooked egg, Iberico jamon, asparagus, balsamic dressing, shaved Mahon cheese (GF)
Kingfish ceviche, coconut, avocado, Kaffir lime, crispy shallots (DF)
Confit duck leg, braised red cabbage, peppercorn & orange sauce (GF)
Wagyu rump, XO wild mushrooms, charred shallots & pak choy (DF)
Oven baked NSW rainbow trout, French lentils, cauliflower puree & herbed buerre blanc (GF)
Cauliflower beignet, pea puree, zucchini flower & radish salad, caramelised onion Romesco sauce (V)
Chocolate fondant, Amaretto crumb & Grand Marnier Ice cream
Yuzu lemon curd, meringue shards & coconut sorbet (GF)
Cardamom panna cotta, rhubarb textures, hazelnut praline (GF)
Cheese trio with Shadows of blue, triple cream Brie & aged Cheddar with muscatels, quince & lavosh
Bowl of chips
Rocket and parmesan with balsamic
Fried corn ribs with chilli, lime & parmesan
Three Course Lunch$78.00
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Three Course Lunch with paired wines$108.00
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Wine Menu
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Australian Wine List of the Year Awards 2019 & 20 by Gourmet Traveller Wine

The Independent Drink Journal – Gourmet Traveller Wine

  • RESTAURANT: Strangers’ Restaurant at NSW Parliament, Sydney
  • RATING: 
  • CUISINE: Contemporary Australian
  • WINE LIST: Lee Kwiez
  • WINES ON LIST: 68 (20 by the glass)
  • WINE PRICES: $ – $$
Strangers opened in 2016 and is situated in the NSW Parliament, so the cellar is aptly devoted to an excellent selection of NSW wines. The list is compact, under 100 wines with 20 by the glass, ranging between $6.50 – $20 a stem. Choices extend from the established Hunter-based producers with history and reputation such as Lake’s Folly and McWilliams, to talented contemporary examples such as Nick Spencer, Usher Tinkler and Nick O’Leary. Bottle age is considered, with a few years on most labels showing a patience and appreciation for the benefits of encouraging the wine’s development. Prices are more than reasonable too, such as 2014 Tyrrells Vat 1 $88, 2012 Canobolas-Smith ‘Alchemy’ $70 and 2017 Bloodwood Riesling $53 all tantalizing choices in themselves.
We expect no less than a 100% NSW-strong wine list in the dining room at the NSW Parliament, and that’s what we have here. The state focus (which takes in the ACT) covers major and emerging regions, from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange to Yass Valley, Lake George and Hilltops. Choice of pour from glass to carafe and bottle opens up the options, as does the use of Coravin to discover icon wines such as Lake’s Folly Chardonnay and Usher Tinkler Reserve Shiraz. Prices are super attractive.


Restaurant Reviews by Resdiary  4.8 / 5 


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Dining with history

Dine with history at Strangers’ Restaurant – a place where Members of Parliament meet and greet their guests.

Historically, guests to Parliament, which may include visiting dignitaries, consulate representatives or even members of the Royal family were referred to as ’strangers’, thus the restaurant became known as the place ‘where strangers become friends’.
Today, we invite you and your guests to continue this tradition.

“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met”.
William Butler Yeats – poet

Dine and Discover NSW Vouchers

The vouchers cannot be redeemed at Strangers’ Restaurant, for a full list of eligible businesses, please visit the NSW Dine and Discover website below.

The Strangers’ Restaurant located within NSW Parliament House is managed and operated by the Parliamentary Catering Branch, of the Department of Parliamentary Services.

As a public agency funded by the NSW Government, Strangers’ Restaurant has not participated in the Government’s Dine and Discover program. The initiative is designed to principally support businesses who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available venues to use the vouchers

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