Originally Posted by Aus_MD
"Ultimate dining experience", then I would have to add Icebergs at Bondi, but mainly for the location rather than the food and service.
You raise a very important point, though, which is that I am judging the whole dining experience. For me this includes food, wine (and winelist), service, ambience, location, novelty, knowledgeability of the sommelier and waiter, and a host of other factors. It is necessarily a subjective process, and I find the idea of "Sydney's Best" to be as meaningless as "who is the world's best tailor?".
I have been to Tetsuya often enough to know that its "product" is rather variable (I guess this is a consequence of employing transient staff) so to say that it is the best begs the question "when?".
Yes, Icebergs can be such a dramatic location. The last time I ate there it was late lunch in autumn, and a storm was coming in. We were still drinking away away as the sun was dipping and it was an amazing view. However, you could get the same view eating fish and chips on the beach, albeit getting a sandy bum and blasted by the wind. I thought the food was quite good, but not as good as it gets.
I too will judge by all factors. I was dining at Uchi Lounge on Sat night, which for the other readers is a moderately priced modern Japanese restaurant (not a fine diner), and was absolutely horrified when the waitress filled our wine glasses to the hilt so she could get rid of our bottle. Food wasn't great either, summoning an "OK, for the price that wasn't bad" type response.