Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Bottom Line: I’ve never been to the restaurant, but I’m not sure I ever will knowing you can get the best burger in Sydney straight from the bar.
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Last night McKay and I went down to the Opera house to check out Vivid Sydney– a pretty awesome light show taking place for a short while. I recommend it to anyone if you are in the area for the next week or so – it’s beautiful.After the show we decided, with no reservations made, to try to check out Rockpool Bar & Grill. Typically in San Francisco, even getting a seat at the bar for dinner at a popular restaurant can be tough, so we came prepared to wait, but were happily surprised that we were immediately seated at a table in the bar area.We’d heard that Rockpool’s claim to fame was the Wagyu Burger, and sure enough – the tables on either side of us had ordered two Wagyu Burgers and Chips. We followed suit and were not disappointed. I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly made this burger so amazing. The meat was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The mixture of different types of onions – caramelized, red – was perfect. The sauce – was BBQ flavored, but not overpowering. Mmm…the whole thing was just perfect!The chips were memorable as well. Super thick, crisp and salty. Next time I want to try the onion rings, but the the chips were a perfect choice.

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The wine list is 150 pages (rumor has it that in the main restaurant the red and white wine lists are 150 pages each). Prices range from about $50 to about $30,000. You can find lots of wine for less than $100 in this book.They have a worldwide selection and we were so pumped to find a huge selection of California wines—we hadn’t come across any California wines in Australia yet. When we saw that they had about 20 different bottles of Pinot from Russian River, we knew that the sommelier was on point.  We opted for a big Napa Valley cab to go with our burger.
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We were feeling rather gluttonous last night and ordered two desserts – the Chocolate Jaffa Mousse Cake and the Warm Rhubarb, Strawberry & Almond Pudding. The Mousse cake was yummy, but the Pudding (which was our lovely waiter’s reco) was out of this world. Would definitely order this again.
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Despite being two hats in the Good Food Guide, the bar menu was not astronomical. In fact, besides our splurge on a Californian bottle of Cab Sauv, the most expensive thing was actually the desserts ($25 each!). The Wagyu Burger is manageable at $24 and the Hand Cut Chips were $12.Ooh! Be sure to also take a glance at the House Rules inside the drink menu – pretty funny!
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