Clover Moore would fit right in amongst these polite, young, conservatively dressed inner-city types who order chardonnay as they unwrap their scarves.
Some curl on a lounge with a book and a bowl of Sautéed School Prawns ($14) – slightly large on the day I dined, making them sharp but very crunchy.
The menu provides both 'biggins' and 'smalls'; Grilled Chorizo and Pumpkin ($14) is hearty and satisfying, though begs for more sweet relief in the form of tiny pumpkin cubes.
I was happiest with the delicious Pumpkin and Macadamia Bread ($12) served with a clever, house-made white truffle and pumpkin paste;
...followed by a puffy Braised Beef Cheek, Pea and Shitake Pie ($20) balanced by gentle sauerkraut and a good Saskia Beer beetroot jam. I’d return for both of them on another cool evening, when comfort beckons. Looking around at the full tables, I doubt I’d feel lonely – though floor and kitchen staff will need to step it up a notch (it’s early days).
Winemaker Nick Candy (McWilliams) has put together a relevant, easy-drinking wine list to match the very well priced menu. Stick your nose into a Coates 2009 McLaren Vale Rose ($8/glass, $35/bottle), and leave the cute terrarium on the table when you go!
Stanley Street Station
85a Stanley Street (Cnr Crown & Stanley), East Sydney
Ph: (02) 9331 5375