Rockpool Bar & Grill
When it comes to must-do Sydney food experiences, Rockpool Bar & Grill is right up there. From its opulent, green-marbled, art deco interior to the choreographed service from floor staff, this striking establishment has never been anything less than special. But it’s not the dramatic decor, nor the silver service that entice the well-heeled masses.
It is, of course, the food – and plenty of it. At its heart, Rockpool Bar and Grill is a steakhouse, with an incredible selection of cuts (dry-aged in-house) from the likes of Blackmore Wagyu and Cape Grim Beef. But you’d be ill advised to ignore the excellent seafood, or the poultry from the wood-fired rotisserie. A huge, unpretentious menu boasts around 30 starters and about the same number of mains, with proteins from partridge to pheasant and all manner of oceanic creatures.
Then there are the numerous sides – perhaps a tumble of mixed mushrooms or Brussels sprouts with speck and chestnuts. It’s a diverse, exciting and considered menu, sprinkled with touches of nostalgia – some mac and cheese here, a soft-boiled egg there.
The wine list is a tome of world-renowned labels, including that lauded 1945 Romanee-Conti at a staggering $89,510 a bottle, and only a small number of wines below $100.
A cluster of awards and rave reviews lie in Rockpool Bar & Grill’s wake, so expectations (and prices) are high. But with its impressive interior and expertly executed yet uncomplicated food, it lives up to the hype.
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