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Lunch at Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sydney

I was meeting a high school friend, we didn’t go to the same high school but managed to hang out with the same group of friends. We have known each other for a long time, however, I can’t believe that it has been 5 years since we last met. We emailed but that was about it.  There was a lot to catch up on!

We originally wanted to go to go to the bar section at Rockpool Bar and Grill to have their wagyu burger, but I think everyone that day had the same idea as us. There was a 25 mins wait, and frankly, I really didn’t want to wait that long for lunch, so we opted for the restaurant.

I have been to Rockpool Bar and Grill in Melbourne a couple of times now, with work and friends, prior to me having this blog. I have to say though, I do prefer the Rockpool Bar and Grill compare to just the plain Rockpool. I have been there a few times and it has always been a miss for me, not a hit or a miss, but plainly a miss!

We were seated to our table straight away and were presented with a heavy A3 paper, which was the daily menu, and two or perhaps three folders of wines, red, white and cocktails. I was amazed by the amount of wine they had on offer! It took W and I a while to decide what we wanted, there were so many different options from Hot Starters and Salads, and other entrees, and not to mention the main courses and desserts! It just blew us away but we finally agreed on three entrées to share. I didn’t feel like a heavy lunch as I needed to be alert and awake that afternoon and food coma was simply not an option!

We started with the warm salad of wood fire grilled quail with braised dried figs, walnuts and fresh herbs. As we were sharing the dishes, the waiter was kind enough to split the dish prior to it arriving, so both W and I had a plate each. The quail was cooked to perfection, it was succulent and although not as meaty as some other poultry, it was delicious. The braised dried figs were sweet which gave the salad a nice sweetness to it.

I couldn’t go pass the ‘pork belly’ – it was charcoal squid and pork belly. Again both W and I got a plate each. The charcoal squid was incredibly tender, and the pork belly divine, a little bit fatty at times, but divine! The caramelized onion and chili gave it a nice touch. My only gripe would be that there weren’t enough pork belly! Either that, or they didn’t divide it properly and W had more pork belly than I did!

W couldn’t go pass the ‘bone marrow’ – like me, that was all that she read. It was brioche with slow cooked hens egg and bone marrow with red wine butter sauce. It looked amazing. Little discs of marrow, pale looking, surrounded the brioche – I counted, 3, and thought damn! The bone marrow was just divine, it melted in your mouth, no need for any chewing. It. Just. Melted. It was THAT good. I could have easily eaten half a dozen on my own, I wanted more. Thank fully, W, gave me the last piece, as she ate the rest of the egg and the brioche.

Now the egg, it was cooked to perfection, oozy runny egg yolk over a thick slab of brioche. This dish was the winner for me, it was just incredible.

Unfortunately, I ran out time, and had to go back to work, so no desserts, but I think I will be back for dinner to try their steak amongst other dishes.

I do love the high ceilings in this restaurant, and the Riedel Riesling glasses hanging over the bar like chandeliers, the open kitchen, and the layout of the restaurant. The service was fantastic, although when I asked for the bill, it did take while and I had to ask for it two times more.  I do still prefer the Rockpool Bar and Grill compare to just the Rockpool, although in saying that, I wasn’t expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

It was great catching up with you, W! Let’s catch up soon and not leave it to 5 years.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Rockpool Bar and Grill

66 Hunter Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 8078 1900

Rockpool Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

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  1. Frank
    October 5, 2010 at 12:23 am

    yummmmm, go for dessert, its yummy

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