The Rocks Restaurants
Despite being one of Sydney’s oldest districts The Rocks is also one of the most exciting in the city, and the area is no longer off-limits to locals, appealing to those with an eye, and a stomach for fabulous food. The Rocks’ restaurants are some of the best and can be found hidden amongst the famous cobblestones or out in the open for all to see. This little historic part of town is rocking. Get around it for a feed.
Found on Bligh Street in Sydney’s CBD, Chophouse is a contemporary adaptation of the New York steakhouse showcasing Australia’s leading produce and innovations in dining, both on the plate and through the restaurant design. The building’s original substructure has been unearthed, elements have been stripped back to their raw, primitive nature and wood features heavily in the décor. Tables and booths are spread across two levels, with a bar and outdoor seating area also available to perch at while enjoying the calm ambience and tasty fare. It’s a visual and culinary experience that won’t be forgotten. Although there’s plenty of variety in the menu (the array of killer salads and sensational seafood will knock your socks off), Chophouse prides itself on its ‘meat and chops’. Head Chef, Scott Kim begins with an amazing product and pairs it with regional and seasonal produce, thinking outside the box and surprising diners with his creations. The is a restaurant for those who appreciate quality of produce, not just tasty food. You’ll never look at a steakhouse the same again. Chophouse pushes the boundaries of expectation.
Housed in a stone, heritage-listed building, in the heart of The Rocks, Lowenbau Keller is the place to be if you’re looking for a range of thirst quenching, unpronounceable German craft beers, all the size of small buckets. Boys - and girls - you'll froth over a glass of frothy Hofbrau Original, or the Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell, guaranteed. But it’s not just about the beer at Lowenbau, we’re just warming up. This authentic, Munich-style restaurant and bar will transport you straight to Germany with their traditional Bavarian dishes and female waiters dressed in traditional Landhausmode (settle down boys, we know you’re excited already!). Famed for its crisp chicken schnitzel, mixed sausage platter and roast pork belly, Lowenbrau Keller has all the key ingredients to draw a crowd - and has no trouble doing so - night, after night, after night. Prost!
Located in the heart of The Rocks, surrounded by beautiful cobblestone lane ways and historic buildings lies Pony Dining, an intimate restaurant offering a unique dining experience that’s perfect for a romantic night out with that special someone. This former bond warehouse features hanging woven art on sandstone walls, glossy chocolate settings and an open kitchen decorated by a brown and white cowhide. Acclaimed head chef Damian Heads, takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and South East Asia, offering dishes designed for sharing, including innovative vegetarian options and fresh seafood thoughtfully created with seasonality in mind. One thing is for certain, Pony has distinctive style and sass.
There's no doubt about, Ananas Bar & Brasserie has scored some prime real estate in The Rocks. This French beauty is a welcome addition the area - an interesting mix of old school French cuisine and new world glamour. Ananas is a cocktail, champagne and oyster bar extravaganza with an art deco-inspired restaurant and late-night supper club. The real show stoppers at Ananas are the desserts, bringing a taste of the French Riviera to Sydney with salted caramel eclairs, sorbets, mille-feuille and the outstanding ‘snickers revolution’ - miam miam! In addition to the undeniably mouthwatering desserts, the room is undeniably beautiful. There are pineapples as far as they can see - hand painted titles in the bar, lavish glass pineapple light-shades and even lamp stands. Too much pineapple? We don’t think so! C’est bonne. It’s time to start indulging at this French fave.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Ananas Bar and Brasserie.