Quay Bar is a bistro style bar in an idyllic and scenic spot right in the heart of Circular Quay. Conveniently just steps away from buses, trains and ferries, this bar is the perfect destination for after work drinks, special occasions or just somewhere to rest and relax whilst out sightseeing. Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge are literally around the corner.
Nestled within the confines of the historic Custom House, this bar has both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor plaza is sheltered and therefore gives you that alfresco dining experience, whilst being sheltered from the elements. We dined on a sunny but cool winters day and the shelter and the heaters were a Godsend!
We started off with a share plate of prosciutto, bocconcini, olives and flatbread. This was an enormous serving and could happily appease 3-4 people as a starter. And naturally, this went perfectly with the beers we ordered. The prosciutto was excellent. It was quite mildly flavoured for those who don’t like strong salty prosciutto. The bocconcini was quite obviously of good quality, as were the olives. The quality of the produce was quite evident in this particular dish. Definitely worth the $19. In fact, a bargain given the portion size. I would highly recommend this dish to anyone dining here, either as a starter before dining or as nibbles whilst drinking.
We then moved on to the Vietnamese chicken salad with fresh herbs and peanuts. This salad was hands down one of the best we’ve had as of late. Gluten free, full of the requisite sweet, salty and sour elements that make a Vietnamese dish successful. And of course the textures as well. Crunch from both the vegetables as well as the nuts, on top of meaty cuts of chicken. This dish was again, a very hearty portion. Sufficient to have as a meal on it’s own. Tasty and healthy – a win win!
One of our mains was the Quay Bar Burger – grass fed beef, double cheese, salad, relish, aioli and thick cut chips. And put quite simply, it was fabulous. We didn’t ask for the patty to be cooked to any specifications as we wanted to see what the standard serving would be. It came out medium to well.
I guess this is the norm to cater to the general public’s requirements. We’d normally go for medium rare, but this burger was surprisingly juicy despite being cooked through. There was also an extremely familiar and comforting flavour to the patty that we couldn’t quite place. We thoroughly enjoyed this burger!
Our other main was the Panko Crumbed Schnitzel with salad, house gravy and thick cut chips – and it was ginormous! A very generous portion of meaty chicken breast with a deliciously herb crumb. The schnitty was cooked beautifully, giving it incredible crunch without drying out the chicken.
This ticked all the right boxes for a schnitzel. And what would a schnitty be without gravy. The house gravy complimented the schnitzel perfectly. The thick cut chips were surprisingly really good too. I must say, we were rather skeptical, as good chips are so hard to come by. These chips were soft and fluffy on the inside with a crunchy exterior. Yum!
Our lazy Saturday lunch was absolutely perfect. The ambiance, the service, the scenic location – it was all so conducive for that lazy weekend lunch. At the end of the day however, it all comes down to the food. And we were extremely satisfied with our meal. Excellent food, booze and the perfect location – what more can you ask for!?
31 Alfred Street,
Circular Quay, NSW 2000
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys