Top 10 Restaurants of Australia

Number 4 - Marque

Cuisine: Modern Australian/Contemporary
Location: Sydney, NSW

Number 4 in our list of the top ten restaurants of Australia is Mark Best's Marque. In its second year in the World Top 100 Restaurants list it came in it at number 70 and was also awarded 2011 Restaurant of the Year by the SMH Good Food Guide. Self described as a modest family run restaurant it seats 50 people and the front of the house is run by Best's wife Valerie.

The menu is predominantly French influenced that delivers highly intelligent and original flavour combinations. New age techniques are used but without ego and only when relevant to amplifying the best aspects of an ingredient in a dish. An excellent wine list is matched expertly to the menu. Marque puts on a personable yet world class dining experience in all aspects and is deservedly one of Australia's best restaurants.

An interview with Mark Best:

Sample Dégustation Menu*

  • Foie Gras & Beetroot
    Chikumanishiki Kizan Sake - Nagano, Japan
  • Almond Jelly with Blue Swimmer Crab, Almond Gazpacho, Sweet Corn & Avruga
    2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Kabinett Riesling, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany
  • Jellied Oyster with Honeydew, Avocado, Jellied Samphire & Watercress, Cucumber Soda
    2008 Knoll ‘Federspiel’ Gruner Veltliener, Wachau, Austrial
  • Cold Smoked Ocean Trout with Lemon, Dill & Vanilla
    2007 Castagna ‘Adam’s Rib’ Chardonnay/Viognier, Beechworth, VIC
  • Yellow Eye Mullet with Carrots, Kimchi Pear & Nori
    2008 Josmeyer ‘Les Folastries’ Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France
  • Fried Duck Egg with Bonito Butter, Jerusalem Artichoke & Potato
    2007 Jean-Claude Lapalu ‘Cuvée des Fous’ Gamay, Brouilly, Burgundy, France
  • Grass Fed Angus Tenderloin with Cocktail Onions & Grapes
    2004 Valenciso ‘Reserva’ Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
  • Aged Comté with Eggplant, Rye & Yoghurt
  • Sauternes Custard
  • Chocolate Mousse ‘écrasé’, Eucalyptus & Coconut
  • Salted Caramel Chocolates & Bitter Bon Bons

*Please note the provided menu and prices are only an example and may change at anytime, please refer to the restaurant's website for up to date information