Hugo’s has always been a premium brand around Kings Cross and even after all these years, Hugo’s Bar Pizza still has that level of cache despite being the more casual younger sibling of Hugo’s Lounge. Hugo’s Bar Pizza features a sleek, darkly lit bar and plenty of lounge seating lining its windows and some feature lighting to set the mood.
It’s not as busy as I had expected it to be on a Saturday night, but there’s still atmosphere thanks to the lounge background music. We start with a lovely Hazy Rose cocktail featuring gin and strawberry to go with the Tasting Platter, which showcases a number of their starters – some freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters with a sherry shallot vinaigrette, a generous serving of crumbed calamari with aioli, hearty Italian Meatballs and a refreshing fig salad.
Hazy Rose Cocktail, $17
Tasting Platter, $38
For mains, we couldn’t go past one of their pizzas of course and their upmarket rendition of a Salmon pizza definitely didn’t fail to impress. The thin crust pizza was layered with slivers of cured king salmon, mascarpone, capers, watercress, chives and a generous sprinkle of caviar on top. There was plenty of salmon in every bite and the combo of the mascarpone and light herbs with the seafood was a winner.
Salmon Pizza, $28
We also went for the Angel Hair Pasta with rare yellow fin tuna, rocket, chilli, capers, garlic and parmesan. The pasta turned out to be more like a thin linguine than true angel hair pasta, but I still enjoyed it as it was slightly different from the usual seafood + angel hair combo, with the sliced pieces of fresh tuna cooked rare livened up with the sour kicks from the capers and the chilli.
Angel Hair Pasta with Rare Yellow Fin Tuna, $32
We were almost too full for dessert, but the Lavender Honey Creme Brulee sounded too intriguing to miss. It was a beautiful dessert, with a perfect caramelised sugar glaze and subtle hints of floral lavender and honey woven into the custard and a surprise layer of roasted rhubarb at the bottom which went nicely with the creme brulee.
Lavender Honey Creme Brulee, $14
This classy establishment ticks all our boxes for a good night out, with fantastic food, wonderful cocktails and gorgeous, contemporary lounge decor. But as with all premium brands, it comes with a bit of a price tag that might be better for dates and group celebrations.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Hugo’s Bar Pizza
Hugo’s Bar Pizza
33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9357 4411