October 14th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Ananas Bar & Brasserie


For a camp take on date night, this one’s a scream – like stepping into a scene from The Birdcage that sucker punches you into believing it can’t house a top-notch chef.

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Jerome Lagarde’s moved beyond three-Michelin, and is cooking here for kicks. In the bar that means dude-food, turned completely on its head: tacos, cones and test tubes have never been this slick!

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Cocktails were such a triumph, I could feel my virtue unpick. Absolutely Ananas ($15) delivers namesake pineapple with an intriguing chilli bitters kick; while Le Resistance ($18) is quite clever, neatly hiding rum – though perhaps it’s a misnomer… when I left I had none.

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Moving to the bed-I-mean-dining-room, it’s a surprisingly speedy affair – military kitchen precision aims to please on a one-hour ‘business’ lunch.

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My breakfast-for-dinner highlight, a 65 Degree Egg ($20), delivered smoked cream, posh pig and porcini with a trumped-up googy egg!


Mains are quick and solid. Sir enjoyed Chateaubriand ($36), while...


...Madame appreciated her Scallops and Black Pudding ($30), right down to the unnecessarily luxurious lobster jus.


This left space for a perfect Salted Caramel Éclair ($12), consumed whilst giggling over an iPhone capture of the apparently offensive gents’ loo.


My take: it’s only really sexist because us girls didn’t get one too.

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Ananas Bar & Brasserie
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Ph: (02) 9259 5668

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