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Review - The Winery by Gazebo

The owners of Gazebo have taken what they pioneered at their first venue, polished it; refined it and given it an extra, quirky edge in this beautifully renovated Surry Hills pumphouse – jammed on the Monday night I dined. Food takes a back seat with deliberately muted flavours to allow the wine to shine, and that’s what it’s all about. Buy a huge range of wines by the glass from plentiful, affable waiters who encourage taste-testing. You can even buy a half glass of “Grange” for forty bucks!

My lips were best wet by a 2007 Dr Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling ($15/glass, $63/bottle). My belly was filled with a generous serve of Veal and Chorizo Sausage Roll with Pear Jam ($18).

My eyes popped when TWO huge pots of well-cooked Mussels with Ginger, Lemongrass and Coconut Milk ($24) arrived for the price of one - a fabulous Monday night special.

The wine focus continues with a Grape, Champagne and Chicken Pie with Buttered Spinach ($23), another example showing pastry is well-handled here.

Over a Ciabatta and Dip Board with Parma Ham, Cheddar and Olives ($19) we continued drinking. My dining companion was excited to try the Chardonnay clone everyone’s raving about, the 2007 Hardy’s HRB ‘D638’ ($15/glass, $65/bottle), it sits somewhere between old-school Chardy and the new-style stuff I adore.

The Winery by Gazebo

285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9331 0833



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I've walked past it on a weeknight and it's packed. Looks lovely design-wise
Dec. 21st, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Felt lovely to be in, visually, and atmospherically, and sound-wise.
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
WOW, pear jam for veal and chorizo sausage roll - whilst it was a "generous serve" - did you dig it? How does pear work with those flavours?? Curious.

The mussels look AWESOME, but then you're appealing to my seafood bent at the moment - I'm completely fixated with seafood. Om nom nom
Dec. 21st, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Pear is relief from the fat of chorizo and veal, an excellent condiment (think apple with pig). Lovely, and good drinking food. Excellent pastry, nice presentation.
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