Contemporary. Relaxed. Fresh.
Address: 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW 2025
Tel: (02) 8388 8688
Times: Lunch – 12pm to 3pm / Dinner – 6pm to 10pm
Known for: Casual dining and locally sourced seasonal produce.
The Chiswick restaurant in Woollahra in one of the places in Sydney that comes with a high reputation. I’m always a little apprehensive about these eateries as they very rarely live up to the exceptional reviews they get. This place however, I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend for a slightly more formal lunch or casual evening dinner with a nice bottle of wine.
I ate there on a Friday lunchtime with 5 work colleagues for our Christmas meal and so booked plenty in advance. Based on how busy it was at this peak time, I would recommend you call up beforehand just to make sure you get a table.
I ordered the Prawn Popcorn for entree and the Beef Sirloin for mains, both of which were great. There was nothing exceptional about either dish, but they were full of flavor and the steak was cooked perfectly to order.
I did however have slight food envy over some of my colleagues who ordered the Wood Roasted Lamb. A dish designed to share, it is a whole shoulder of lamb served with chickpeas and a mint marinade. It comes with steak knife to carve, but there is no need as the meat simply falls off the bone. I snuck a few forkfuls and it was awesome.
While we mainly stuck to the wine, they also have a very extensive drinks menus with 12 house cocktails, 16 different beers & ciders, and even a load of homemade sodas!
The champion of this venue however is the emphasis on local and homegrown produce. All of their meat is sourced from farms and suppliers in Sydney, and they even have a hugely impressive vegetable garden on the premises where they grow their own veggies and herbs!
I would have given the Chiswick 5 stars, however my only criticism was a poor service experience. All of the staff were very nice, however when our server went on his break, we were left unattended for over an hour.
If you’re looking for a bistro style atmosphere that wouldn’t be out of place in the more upper class areas of West London, and would like the freshest seasonal ingredients, then I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Chiswick restaurant.
Seasonal. Homegrown. Rustic.
Knowledgeable. Friendly. Slow.
Not ‘that’ cheap, but well priced.