Rockpool Bar and Grill
May 11, 2018
Neil Perry’s latest offering is housed in the same stunning Art Deco building as the glamorous Spice Temple, also owned by the master chef and restaurateur. The bar part of the operation is glorious gleaming space, easily one of the most attractive in the city just over two and a half thousand wine glasses are suspended from the ceiling and the whole place seems to shine. Speaking of wine, the list is as thick as a copy of War and Peace and the cocktail list, while altogether more compact, has been put together with care. There’s a selection of house-made sodas if you’d prefer to keep it soft, and double choc-chip cookies on offer if you’re feeling puckish before dinner. There’s actually quite a tempting bar menu here, spanning snacks (try the house-made jerky), small plates (it’s a toss-up between ceviche of the highest order and simply mouth-watering wagyu bolognaise and buffalo mozzarella arancini) and heartier mains (super gourmet burgers). While perfectly acceptable to visit the bar for a drink and a love-in with the bar menu, it’s worth trying to secure a reservation at the adjacent dining room. You may have to take out a mortgage to cover the bill, but it won’t be a meal you’ll forget in a hurry the steak is superlative and it’s definitely worth saving room for dessert. And if you’re not too busy rubbernecking at your (quite possibly famous) dining companions, take a gander at the cooks at work in the open kitchen. Don’t they just look the part?