Even though I lived in Sydney for majority of my life, I'm still always discovering new places that I fall in love with. As I am currently based in Perth, I love to soak up as much sights as possible when I trek over to the east coast. My friend A, recommended that we visit, 'The Winery' for lunch and a couple of drinks. After roaming the streets of Surry Hills, I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky place like this tucked in the back of the alleyway. It turned out to be a hidden gem, so I am a little hesitant about sharing this secret place with the rest of the world because I will have to share it!
Pimms Cup Pimms - mint, cucumber, strawberry, lemon, ginger ale
We shared a jug of Pimms, a fresh and delicate option that is perfect for Summer. I love teaming this drink with seafood and white meat because it's light and fruity taste complements the dish without it being overpowering and difficult to drink.
Dusted Squid with chilli mayo
Smoked chicken pie with mushrooms, chestnuts and spinachWagyu brisket lasagne with picked vegetable salad
Hot chocolate brownie, vanilla cream and candied popcorn
I skipped out on breakfast and so we both agreed on sharing an entree to keep us happy while waiting for the food to come. We opted for the Dusted Squid with chilli mayo, it was tender and fresh with a light batter coating that was ever-so light and crunchy. I highly recommend this dish, as I would go as far to say that it was one of the best squid dishes I have ever encountered.
The mains were generous and presented well, I loved the pie but felt the red wine jus to be unnecessary because I personally prefer my pastry flaky and the smokey flavour became compromised. The lasagne was utterly, spectacular. I had major food envy and told myself that I will order that on my next visit. Lasagne is my favourite comfort food and there is no comparison to my Mum's, however this would be second best in a showdown. On my second encounter at The Winery, I devoured the rich and decadent brownie....if you love salted caramel and chocolate, this is heaven on a plate!
If you can't make it for a Melbourne trip but you'd like to sample a new place that is big on taste and has a quirky ambience, please check this place out.
The Winery 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills Sydney, 2010 (through the old sandstone gates, next to Thomas Dux)
Open every day, Midday - Midnight