I have heard great things about the elusive Winery which took us a little bit of a wander to find because it is tucked inside a courtyard off Crown Street’s footpath. It is located on the same block as Parma and the Surry Hills branch of Jazushi – food central! It is rather spacious, spanning over 2 levels and plenty of outdoor seating under large black umbrellas. We pass some awesome signposts showing you how far away you are from famous wine regions on our way in to be seated upstairs.
The whole vibe of the place is very trendy as expected of Surry Hills, with mismatched furniture and some plush touches such as marble tables and ornately decorated mirrors on the walls. It’s packed on the weeknight that we go and we squeeze into a table for two, sandwiched between other two-somes.
The crab toastie that I had spotted on other blogs was no longer on the menu anymore so I settled for the veal and chorizo sausage roll with tomato and chilli jam. It came served on a wooden board as many newer restaurants seem to be doing these days, all neatly sliced ready to be devoured. I quite liked the roll; the meat was deliciously savoury and the tomato chilli jam tasted more like a relish, with slight sweet tangy notes.
Veal and chorizo sausage roll, $19
My friend ordered the more interesting sounding meal of chicken pie with champagne and grapes. It looks just like an ordinary pie on the outside, with nice flaky pastry and the filling is less odd tasting than you would imagine – there are a few grapes mixed in through it but it doesn’t detract too much from the overall flavour of the chicken.
Chicken pie, with champagne and grapes, $25
Apparently my friend is also obsessed with macaroni and cheese at the moment, so when he spotted it on the menu as a side he had to order it. It’s a rather generous serving for a side and while the creamy, cheesy goodness was great at first, we did struggle to finish it off as the taste got a bit monotonous after awhile.
Macaroni and cheese, $9
The Winery is a sophisticated yet laidback place to catch up with friends. Although I’ve only reviewed a couple of dishes, their menu has many interesting foods and drinks so another review will surely ensue as I head back to try out their other dishes and also their White Sangria, which has been recommended by many friends.
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9331 0833