Soft, hard, stinky, mild or full of holes, we don't mind. Cheese is never not the star of a dish—but when it's a dish in its own right, so much the better. Here are the best places around Sydney to get your fromage fix.
Not just cheese, Sydney retailer Simon Johnson stocks the best of everything, sourcing their artisan products from a curated list of suppliers. But when it comes to cheese, they really outdo themselves. In store, visitors will encounter this obsession in the form of a dedicated cheese room. Inside, shelves are flanked by mounds of delicate chèvre, giant wheels of gruyère and other cheeses from Australia and around the world.
THE STINKING BISHOPS
The Stinking Bishops is where to go for a full, cheese-centric meal. Burrata salad and double cheese soufflé are some of the criminally delicious offenders you'll find on the menu, with an appropriately diverse wine list to match. Of course, you can also choose from more than 40 cheeses to make your own cheese board, and purchase a wheel from the retail section if you find a favourite.
GPO CHEESE & WINE ROOM
An in-house sommelier, a cheesemonger and a fine-dining restaurant form the trifecta at GPO Cheese & Wine Room. The venue started out as a retailer. Still a destination for approachable and exotic cheeses from around the world, the offering has expanded into a restaurant where you can pair items such as a fondue burger board (melted cheese poured over a burger patty) with an extensive selection of wines.