Restaurant Manager Mary Vrontos is a pleasure to watch on the floor of this upmarket steakhouse. She seamlessly removes and hangs jackets whilst greeting and seating her business clientele. They all seem to know her; her warm ministering seems to have lured her old clientele from The Occidental making this newish space full and buzzing for my recent lunch.
The Tasting Plate of the Day ($19.50) makes for a convenient starter if you’re sharing; for a solo diner I’d recommend their tasty Soft Shell Crab ($16.50) – it’s crisp and nicely spiced. Oysters are also a stand-out, with a half dozen natural Sydney Rocks ($18.50) impressing me.
Executive Group Chef Daniel Fountain has produced a menu designed around CBD men who (corporate) lunch. He leans toward grain fed beef (something I generally eschew) but avoids the antibiotics trap (treating cows with upset tummies) by choosing product that has just been finished on grain for twenty-five days. Daniel’s vision of “simple, good quality food [that] goes back to comfort food” is well realised in my Lamb Cutlets ($32) served up on potato puree encircled by mint jelly. If you’re into grain-fed beef, this chef has Riverina in his blood, so I’d try the Riverine Rib Eye on the Bone (400g) ($45.50).
482 Kent Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9264 1688