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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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  • Reply Helen | Grab Your Fork June 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like you had a stellar night. How good is that date tart? And I loved the Vivid lightshow at Customs House this year. Not sure how they will top it next year!

    • Reply Joseph June 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      The date tart is amazing , only had a small piece and wanted more. Vivid keeps getting better and better yea not sure how they will top it next year!

  • Reply chocolatesuze June 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    woah that lamb! that date tart!

  • Reply Maddie Loves Food September 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I’m intrigued by the sound of that honey and spelt bread and licorice butter! I’ve been dying to try their date tart, looks like I’ll have to now!! 🙂

    • Reply Joseph September 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      The bread butter combo is great! Unique taste too, not like anything I have had before.

      The tart is a must try too 🙂

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