Time Out's picks of the hottest restaurants in Sydney that let you bring your own at the top end of town
David Zhou’s more casual Chinese restaurant is a pristine white wash room where your placemat is the menu, and regional-style share dishes are what's hot. Braised eggplant with garlic, chilli and black vinegar; a bowl of chilled, hard-boiled quail eggs, steeped in oolong tea with fragrant wolf berries, and little flash fried school prawns are all winners. Prahran.
BYO: $10 per bottle, wine only. All days except Saturday
This Parisian style bistro that celebrates excellent wine and service is the sort of place where you may want to brush up on your high school French before you go so that you can have a chat with the native waiters. South Yarra.
BYO: $14.50 per bottle at dinner (not including Saturdays). Free at lunch
Ladro's Prahan outlet hasn't dropped the ball. The pizza selection manages to be creative and diverse without engaging in any banana-bacon shenanigans. Try the mozzarella, parsley, carciuga and the lemon ‘Lazio’. Prahran.
BYO: $15 per bottle except Monday when it's $5, which is donated to charity
True to the Italian name, St Kilda's long-standing modern European/Italian restaurant Sapore does not disappoint on the flavour front. The food is approachable – no soils or foams here – but executed with precision. St Kilda.
BYO: $15 per bottle, Sunday to Thursday
The chef here offers a seasonal rotating menu of Italian favourites made from Victoria’s finest local produce. They have an impressive cellar, but also encourage BYO. Hell, they can even tailor menus to match your wines if you are a serious oenophile. Carlton.
BYO: $10 per bottle
Turin-born chef Paolo Masciopinto has come on board (via Stokehouse and Grossi Florentino) to give this North Melbourne olde Italian a brand new bad. If you can't hit the five-course degustation make sure you don't go past perfect buttery scampi and the delicate duck tortellini with a little duck liver parfait on the side. North Melbourne.
BYO: $15 per bottle, Tuesday to Thursday
Mixing the flavours of the old and new worlds, VicAsia offers contemporary and classic Cantonese dishes as well as its popular yum cha on the weekends. The wine list is nothing to sneeze at, but BYO is also welcomed. Albert Park.
BYO: $15 per bottle