You do not expect this type of food from a pub. Truly sensation on every level.
Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, a stone throw away from Circular Quay underneath the leafy bounds of Macquarie Place Park. Executive Chef Hemant Dadlani saw the recent refurbishment of the 168 year-old iconic Customs House Bar as an opportunity to introduce a new gastro-pub menu.
Unsure of what to expect, we arrived on a Friday night at 6.30pm to a place that was pumping to the brim with suits and the like enjoying their after work drinks.
French Martini $20 – Grey Goose, Chambord & Pineapple and Pepino Martin $20 – Hendricks, Lime & Cucumber
We started the night by pounding down a couple of martinis from the bar’s extensive cocktail section.
Ploughman’s Board $23
A splendid selection of prosciutto, sopressa salami, aged cheddar, olives and country bread with artichoke butter. We knew there and then that the standard had been set for the rest of the meal, and we weren’t disappointed.
Peach White Sangria Jug $20 & Parmesan Fries with Truffle Mayonnaise $9
When they say parmesan fries they mean parmesan fries. As you can see these guys clearly don’t skimp on flavor. The chips were perfectly crispy and went very well smothered in the creamy truffle mayo.
Pulled Pork Steamed Buns with Roasted Chili Sambal 6pc $24
Momofuku eat your heart out. These mouth-watering bites were packed with tender pulled pork and dunked in fiery hot sauce making for an excellent mouthful.
Braised Galangal Beef Short Ribs $21
“That’s probably the best short rib I have ever had” says 1 Hungry Guy to the other. I nod in acknowledgement as I shove the rest down my throat. Enough said.
Open Monday to Friday only from 11am until late with food service from 12pm until 9pm. Customs House Bar is perfect for a mid week lunch or an after work meal or drink.
Sit outside in the sun-drenched beer garden fit out with rustic furniture, beautiful overflowing hanging baskets, hedges, white picket fences, wine barrels and long communal tables.
Customs House Bar
17 Macquarie Place,
Sydney, NSW 2000
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest