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Perched in a coveted spot in Campbells Cove at The Rocks in Sydney, Luna Lu not only offers a stunning view, but also serves up some impressive Asian fusion cuisine. It’s an unwritten rule that restaurants in a great location charge a ‘view tax’, but as I discovered at Luna Lu, this is not always the case. Dishes are reasonably priced for a Sydney CBD restaurant, so the stunning harbour and Opera House views are simply a (major) bonus.

Arriving on a busy Saturday evening during Vivid Sydney, the Rocks area was buzzing with a steady stream of locals and visitors, all perusing menus at the shoreside restaurants and eateries to bookend their evening. The maitre d’ kept apologising and turning people away as we stood in the queue awaiting our turn, thankful that our booking was made way in advance.

Stepping into Luna Lu, we were met with warm smiles and shown to our table overlooking the Opera House. Outdoor tables offer the best view so you’ll need to dress warmly like we did in winter, but there are heaters to take away the winter chill. Indoor seating is also available if you’re feeling too chilly or would prefer to dine inside.

Luna Lu Alfresco Seating
Luna Lu alfresco seating

Blue suede chairs and lounges with black marble tables and lovely contemporary decor make for a comfortable but classy atmosphere. The ambience at Luna Lu is relaxed with a mix of beautifully decked-out date night couples, smart casual diners and a few tourists in t-shirts, jeans and sneakers who couldn’t believe their luck when they managed to snag a recently vacated table.

Private Dining Room at Luna Lu
Private Dining Room at Luna Lu

The people watching was superb thanks to the passing throng of people who were there for Vivid, plus you have the stunning backdrop of the harbour and iconic Opera House. While the overall vibe is great anywhere you sit, your seating selection is vital if you want a view as there are tables spanning the ground floor and the first story of the restaurant, some with and without views of the harbour.

The menu is designed to be shared with a choice of dishes such as Hokkaido scallop sashimi, Luna fish cake, black truffle duck spring rolls and a separate dim sum menu featuring dumplings and other goodies that are all made fresh daily. Main dishes such as the MB9 Wagyu rump cap steak, honey yuzu crispy fried chicken, and wok tossed Wagyu beef egg noodles are generous and perfect to put in the middle of the table. To finish, there are also some signature desserts that include the beautiful Luna’s Opera House and pandan deep-fried ice cream.

Beef Ribs & Duck Spring Rolls
Beef Ribs & Duck Spring Rolls

Appearing as if by magic, our experienced waiter who was also a sommelier turned up while we were pondering the wine choice. He steered us in the direction of a Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc and bought us each a taste to try. Both were delicious and excellent suggestions that were perfect for the dishes we ordered. This excellent service continued throughout the night, despite the restaurant being at capacity during Vivid.

Signature Luna Lu Fried Ice Cream
Signature Luna Lu Fried Ice Cream

For starters, we opted for the black truffle duck spring rolls which were filled with roasted duck and black truffle and served with a ginger vinaigrette. My wife ordered the purple fan jiaozi dumplings which were plump and moist, and served with a hoisin dipping sauce. The kataifi prawns were a showstopper with huge tiger prawns wrapped in kataifi pastry strings with yuzu avocado, sweet and spiced mayo and fresh starfruit. These come in a marriage-breaking portion of three, so order one portion each to stave off a fork fight or hire a divorce lawyer.

The kataifi prawns are a showstopper
The kataifi prawns are a showstopper

For mains, we chose two dishes: the rump cap steak and the honey yuzu crispy fried chicken. The Wagyu rump was served in a hot pot and coated in black pepper sauce, wok fried with fresh asparagus, pickled kohlrabi and Thai basil. It was stunning and there wasn’t a skerrick of food left in the bowl at the end of our meal.

The honey yuzu crispy fried chicken was good, but also a was a bit of a letdown compared to the other dishes as it was just ‘fried chicken’ (albeit very, very delicious fried chicken). Which is what I ordered, of course, but it didn’t give this appealing restaurant an opportunity to strut its stuff like the other dishes did.

Honey Yuzu Chicken & Dragon Fruit
Honey Yuzu crispy fried chicken

There was, sadly, no room for dessert as we were both full due to the portion sizes being on the larger side of ‘standard’. But if we were to pick, we would have ordered one of the restaurant’s signature desserts, Luna’s Opera House, which we spotted being devoured at other tables.

Luna Lu Opera House Dessert
Luna Lu Opera House Dessert

Diners come to Luna Lu for the fine pan-Asian cuisine but, as a bonus, you also get a restaurant with a view of the Sydney Opera House, a refined ambience, and terrific people-watching opportunities. Overall, Luna Lu offers a dining experience that’s well worth your time and your money.

Disclosure: The writers dined as guests of Luna Lu. They would not hesitate to return to this Sydney restaurant to dine at their own expense.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.