Neutral Bay Bar & Dining – Sydney

by Suha on September 26, 2010

We really enjoyed Alex Kearns’s Glebe Point Diner and were most excited when he decided to open a sister restaurant in Neutral Bay – just around the corner from home. The restaurant is huge…never really expected it to be so spacious. There is a large bar area in the front and the restaurant with an open kitchen all the way along the back. The décor is totally different to Glebe – although I must say I prefer the Glebe fit out. This one has large wooden booths all parallel to each other and really reminded me of an American diner. Not really somewhere I would go for fine food. However even though it was a Monday night – it filled up through the night! The menu is small but still enough choices to confuse you over the order. There is ‘to start’ section as well as a ‘sharing’ one to get you started. Then the ‘main meals’ and ‘pasta’ and ‘grill’ and ‘fish’. Tonight we decided to try one from each. I must say by the end of the meal I preferred the cuisine at GBD. It could have been the dishes we ordered on the night or the ambiance or just the fact that the restaurant is still very new. Either way it is good to have Alex’s cuisine close to home….

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Salt blue eye fritters with green tomato jam. Not sure I would order this one again..

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Hay Valley lamb rump. Roast peppers, spring onion – this was the highlight of the night. Soft and succulent lamb and beautiful flavours.

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Trofie, braised rabbit, muscatel, pancetta – I expected a lot from this dish and was a bit disappointed. The sweetness of the muscatels overpowered all the other flavours and I thought it was too sweet for a main.

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Baked chocolate pudding with chocolate sorbet – how could you not order a dish like this? It was  well cooked and the sorbet was divine.

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