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