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How hard is it to write about one of the best restaurants in the world? (Yes, Sepia has been listed in the 2015 World’s 50 Best restaurants list.) I will give it a try…For me, Sepia was not just a dinner, it was a trip, an experience. I was literally feeling like I was discovering a new piece of art with each new dish. Not only am I referring to the beauty the dishes, but also to the different textures and tastes you can have in one bite. It was just amazing.

The Masterpiece was definitely the Black forest dessert. It really looked like a plate of dirt with grass, stones and pieces of wood. So strange! And when you dig in, you discover so many different tastes that fit so well together. I have never seen so much work in one single plate.

The matching wines were delightful and quite unexpected, including a saké as a start and a very interesting Japanese wine. The Sommelier, Rodney Setter, has just won the Best Digestif List at Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards.

I was disappointed to learn that Sepia will close its doors within a year or two. They haven’t renewed the Sussex Street lease. If you haven’t been there already, I would recommend not to wait too long…Otherwise, rumours say that the famous chef, Martin Benn, is preparing a new and different (meaning non fine-dining) restaurant in Sydney. Hopefully a new delightful experience.


Featured on the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (#84)

Restaurant of the Year by Gault&Millau

NSW Restaurant of the Year 2016 by Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants

#3 Australia’s Top 100 restaurants 2016  by Financial Review Australia

Three Chefs Hats 2016 by the Good Food Guide

2015 – Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Time Out Food Awards

Hall of Fame by the Australian Hot 50 Restaurants

3 Stars 2015 by the world of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine List

Australian Restaurant of the Year 2015 by the Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants

Chef of the Year 2015, Martin Benn by the Australian Gourmet Traveller

Hottest Chef 2015 Martin Benn by the Australian Hot 50 Restaurants


Chef: Martin Benn

5 course menu : $195pp (only available for dinner midweek and Friday lunch)
+ Matching wines : $100pp

9 course tasting menu : $215pp
+ Matching wines : $135pp

For dessert, you will have the choice between 2 options.
My  recommendation is the Spring chocolate forest (Soft chocolate, hazelnut and almond, cherry blossom cream, blackberry sorbet, lemonade fruit jellies, green tea, licorice, chocolate twigs, bronze fennel, native violet, blossoms)


Sepia restaurant

Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday
Open for lunch Friday and Saturday.

201 Sussex Street

Bookings are taken up to 3 months in advance.

Photo credit :
Hero photo (at the top) © Jennifer Soo for Sepia
All other photos are mine © Laura b.