With the school holidays in full swing, the Darling Harbour precinct was packed with families! The beer garden bistro on the lower level of Helm Bar seems just the spot to combine a spot of 'please-everybody' lunch with a visit to one of the neighbouring attractions - Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World and the National Maritime Museum are all within cooee.
The daily specials represent the best value - Saturday’s Prawntastic ($25) delivers a kilo of prawns. The hot and sweaty work of peeling them necessitated a bottle of Blue Pyrenees Luna NV ($43) – I suspect the branded shade umbrellas influenced our selection!
The Seafood Stand for Two ($70) is hugely popular, though I’d prefer to see it carried like an expensive lunch rather than a bucket! A neighbouring wedding table totally demolished a series of them!
The straight-up Wagyu Beef Burger ($12) will win fans with a two-inch patty, melted cheese and a rasher of bacon – I’m a pickles girl myself.
The fireworks came with a slightly risky pot of Australian Black Mussels in Blue Cheese and White Wine ($19.50). Apparently the combination is common in Belgium, but it’s the first time I’ve tried it here. It’s a knockout!
While they do come with fries, I strongly recommend Garlic Bread ($6) to do the crazy-good sauce justice.
You can find an earlier visit to this venue HERE.
Helm Bar & Bistro
Aquarium Wharf, 1 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
Ph: (02) 9290 1571