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Rockpool est 1989 – Sydney


Rockpool is Neil Perrys Sydney dining institution dating back to as the name states since 1989. The last time I had been to Rockpool was when it was located in The Rocks so it was a few years ago now. The Bridge St location is in an old grand building with high ceilings , a small mezzanine level upstairs with the bar & kitchen underneath it and like Neil Perry’s other restaurants quite dark inside certainly not the ideal lighting for photography.

I had this meal during Vivid where there was a special menu and eight course degustation for $90 where as the regular price is $175 for ten courses. So this was a few dishes short of a regular meal at Rockpool.




Chirashi zushi of snapper, kingfish, bonito and squid


Queensland Mud Crab with silken tofu & fermented vinegar


Prawn mousse ball on squid ink – If I had to pick a best dish this would be it , the flavors and textures go together so well. The crisp covering on the outside of the ball with the smooth & soft center.


Honey and spelt bread served with licorice & kombu butter and fresh ricotta with kale – this house baked sour dough was one of the best I have had in a long time & licorice & kombu butter made it hard to stop eating. I had to resist getting another one as I knew there was still more food to come.


South Australian lamb with buckwheat risotto

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Riccota parfait with strawberries , almond and spliced lemon sorbet


Vacherin of pandan custard with coconut  parfait , sorbet and lime granita


Date tart – this has been on the menu since  since 1984

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Sydney Harbour Bridge & Park Hyatt with the lights of Vivd

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Customs House

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Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art looking towards the city


Sydney Opera House

11 Bridge Street, CBD, Sydney

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LP’S Quality Meats – Chippendale


Lp’S Quality Meats as the name suggest serves up a wide array of smoked and cured meats, fish is also on the menu with some non meat sides.  Its in a lane way in Chippendale not really a place you would expect to find a restaurant or just walk by. All of the dishes I had were excellent, simple food done really well. If your in the mood for a meat meal I would defiantly check out Lp’S Quality Meats.


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Vitello Tonnato $16- I did not know what this dish was so had to ask the waiter was told its cold sliced veal covered in a creamy sauce. Not something I have had before but I was in the mood for something new so I gave it a go. I’m not the biggest veal fan however this dish was great the meat was soft and full of flavor with out being overpowering. Glad I tried it and would defiantly order it again.

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Coppa $15 – hard to go wrong with cured pork so good two servings were ordered.

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15 Hr Smoked Beef Short Rib $38 – the meat was so soft it was just falling off the bone, with the meat has a strong smoked taste to it.

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Pouding Chomuer with vanilla ice cream $14 – Super sweet tart a great way to finish off a meaty meal. The sweetness of the syrup is balanced with the creaminess of the iced cream, a simple but very tasty dessert.



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Ph: (02) 8399 0929
Bar menu from 5pm Dinner from 6pm–11pm

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Chiswick – Woollahra


Chiswick is set on the grounds of Chiswick Park so it feels like you are in the middle of a garden , you forget that busy Ocean St Woollahra is right there. The space is open and airy with big windows looking out onto the grounds of the park. The food is simple modern Australian cooked using great fresh produce some of it from the restaurants on site garden.


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Crispy fried quail, shallot, ginger $24 – my favorite dish of the meal I could have eaten a couple of serving of them. The crispy texture with the quite strong spices make for an amazing dish.

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Garden radish, Hawkesbury goats curd $24

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Haramassa Kingfish $24

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Whole trout $64 – simple but very tasty! Im not normally a fan of trout as they have too many small bones to pick out. That as no problem as this one had all of the bones removed.

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Roasted Moran family lamb with tomato & mint $75 – the lamb really is a must order! The meat is so soft and tender it comes with knife for carving but its not needed as the meat just falls off the bone. Accompanied with mint sauce the two go together so well

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 Wood fired garlic bread with garden thyme $7

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Caramel parfait , peanut praline, peach $17

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Passion fruit pavlova with sorbet $17

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65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW

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