What kind of Eagle Street Yuppie would I be if I didn't treat myself to the occasional weekend escape to Sydney? Ahh Sydney. Some criticise the city for being too superficial and hedonistic, but those characteristics are exactly what allure me there. During this peak holiday season, I figured a few indulgent days in the big smoke was definitely a better drawcard than going to the Sunshine Coast where I would reluctantly have to share my precious beach and tanning time surrounded by families and screaming babies.
The foliage-adorned interior downstairs at The Winery.
One of my more recent favourite dining hotspots in Sydney is The Winery in Surry Hills. There's a lively and enchanting ambience that hangs over this two-year-old venue which can be attributed to the reliable menu, flowing drinks and dramatically impressive design. Last but not least (and we wouldn't expect any less from Sydney), there is an abundance of cool and good-looking patrons who fill the restaurant inside and overflow into the two outdoor bars. ...
Whether you're upstairs or downstairs, indoors or outdoors, or lucky enough to be in a private dining room, every area of The Winery has been designed to impress. Much kudos goes to Keystone Hospitality (which runs a swag of successful establishments around Sydney) for somehow managing to pull off the eclectic interior design which is a mishmash of rustic exposed brick walls, foliage-adorned interiors, vintage Louis-style dining chairs and modern quirky pieces like a chandelier of antelope heads and a giant chess board in the garden. The overall impact is so aesthetic and tasteful that you'll forget how bizarre it all really is.
As for the menu, the kitchen serves classic European comfort food that is simple, yet elegant with a creative and confident twist. For example, I couldn't resist choosing the intriguing champagne, grape and chicken pie with buttered spinach for my main course. Or maybe I just like the idea of alcohol in my food as well as my drinks. Either way, my main meal and the double chocolate brownie (with fairy floss) that followed for dessert were nothing short of delectable.
Finally, if you need to go easy on the wallet after shopping on Oxford Street or too many big nights in the Cross, then you'll be pleased to know that prices are pretty reasonable at approximately $25-$30 for mains and $11-$14 for desserts.
The outdoor bar overlooks the city and features a giant chessboard. Random, but very cool.
Some of my other favourite venues run by the Keystone group are Kit&Kaboodle Supper Club, theloft and Cargo Lounge. Watch this space, because I hope to blog about them in one of my future Sydney visits.
Address: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Phone: 02 9331 0833
Open daily from midday until midnight