ROCKPOOL BAR & GRILL
66 Hunter St, Sydney, 8099 7077, rock pool bar and grill. com. au
In the Art Deco dining hall of Neil Perry’s high-flying diner, soaring ceilings meet threestorey high green marble columns. It’s a temple befitting a powerhouse like Perry.
The wine list, a 168-page tome put together by head sommelier Yuki Hirose, contains an encyclopedic collection of vinos. In similar fashion, the food menu covers vast territory, from whole seafood dishes to rotisserie chicken and handmade pastas.
However, it’s the steak, or more specifically, David Blackmore’s dry-aged wagyu 9+ marble score beef, that is the must- order dish. Choosing between the scotch fillet, rump cap or topside merely comes down to preference. A 550g rib eye on the bone glides off the knife like hot melted butter, with rich, beefy flavours multiplied to the power of 10. Sides are ordered separately, from the wagyu-fat potatoes to the sweet creamed corn rippled with smoky charred kernels.
Even if you don’t have a company credit card to charge it to, Rockpool is still worth saving the pennies for. Chef Corey Costelloe Price $$$$ Open Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily