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There are quite a few premium restaurants housed within the Overseas Passengers Terminal which sits right on Sydney Harbour and tonight we are dining at Ocean Room which serves up elegant fusion Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is glamorously decorated with classy wooden touches and makes the most of the location with a stunning view of the Opera House visible through the clear glass windows at the back. We are lucky to have a window table and marvel at the view before perusing the menu.
A newish addition to The Rocks dining precinct is a shiny, upbeat French Mediterranean bistro restaurant with a glossy bar right next door to The Argyle. The fun decor pays homage to their delightfully fruity name Ananas (pineapple in French) which is reflected in the golden pineapples hanging from the ceiling and evokes images of the glitzy opulence of the French Riviera.
At the intersection of The Rocks and Circular Quay areas of George Street sits Grain Bar, a sleek new venue located at the Four Seasons Hotel. It is all polished wooden surfaces with touches of copper in the decor and a dimly lit interior which lends it a sophisticated vibe, making it a popular Friday night work drinks spot.
After our first visit to Pony at Neutral Bay, I was keen to try out Pony’s proper food instead of just dessert, and it sure did live up to the high standards that the desserts had set in my mind. We tried out Pony at The Rocks for lunch this time and found it to be quite delicious Modern Australian cuisine at a decent price point considering the location of the restaurant.
We started with a couple of oysters with Nahm Jim dressing and crisp eschallots. I love that they allow you to order the oysters individually rather than as a pre-set batch of a dozen or half because sometimes I don’t feel like eating that many oysters at once. The raw oysters were very fresh, although not very big. The Thai inspired sour and slightly chilli dressing complemented the freshness of the oysters well and the fried onions sprinkled on top added a nice crunch.
Oysters with Nahm Jim dressing ($3.90 each)
As another starter we also ordered their grilled chorizo which came with coriander as well as a tasty tomato and chilli jam to mix it with. The chorizo alone was bursting with savoury goodness but the sauce added a great layer of tang to it.
Grilled chorizo, $9.60
We also decided to try their seared sirloin which was very tender and soft, just slightly cooked but mostly still rare and drizzled with soy basil dressing which brought out the flavour of the beef.
Seared sirloin, $12.30
For our main dish, we shared a linguine with prawns and a rich tomato sauce. The prawns were succulent and fresh, as well as de-shelled (just the way us lazy people like it) and the sauce was appropriately chunky with some onions mixed in throughout. It wasn’t a huge serving considering the price, but it was still enough to share after all those starters we had already.
Linguine with prawns $32
The décor of Pony at The Rocks is a different type of sleek compared to the Neutral Bay restaurant which has more of a lounge vibe to it. The Rocks branch feels more like a proper restaurant with a modern wooden interior and an open kitchen that has a cute pony hair design bench in reference to its name and a long wooden table outside for those days where you’d rather soak up the sun or enjoy the balmy weather at night.
Pony Lounge and Dining
14-15 Kendall Lane
The Rocks NSW 2000
(02) 9252 7797