Where: 100 George St The Rocks
Opening Hours: Wed - Thurs 4pm - late, Fri - Sat 12pm - 3am
Phone: 02 8070 9311
Bar100 in The Rocks is in a beautiful sandstone building with high ceilings and vast amounts of space. Whether they fill it out sufficiently is another thing. There are tables outside but for the colder-blooded patrons inside offers more comfortable seating. There are couches lining the wall and high tables and stools peppered across the large floor. The long brass bar lines the back wall, grinning at newcomers as they enter the large double doors.
For its surrounds and prices (more of that soon) you come to get excited at what the food will be like. But again they fall short of these expectations. The music is fun, with a mix of Sydney’s best DJs and jazz groups. The staff are hospitable and smile aplenty.
Now what you came for. The bar menu’s gourmet choices sound delicious; we ordered the Arancini – crumbed pumpkin risotto balls with garlic aioi ($12) and for mains the fish and chips with saffron and lime mayo ($17) and the lamb and cumin burger with grilled zucchini, picked baby cucumber and watercress ($17). After a mildly long wait, it all came. Sad to say it was underwhelming – the arancini lacked full flavour, the fish and chips weren’t crispy but instead drooped and the burger with its undercooked patty, dry bread and single sliver of zucchini wasn’t worth its price.
Having said that, the majority of people there were just having drinks so if that’s what you came for, then you’ll be happy. Glasses of wine and bubbly range from $7.50 to $19 while cocktails are all $18. A choice cocktail would be the Mango and Ginger Caiprioska – vodka, fresh limes, brown sugar, mango puree blend, gingembre liqeur served over crushed ice.
Overall it was a pleasant experience - with music and TVs playing and three-quarters full, the ambience was quite buzzy, but just don't expect a stunning culinary experience - treat it like the big bar it is.
By Zoe Ferguson
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