Banksii Sydney Restaurant

Following a recent visit ‘down-under’ here’s our latest Sydney restaurant update sweeties!

We love to try new restaurants and where better than in one of our favourite foodie cities – Sydney. We hope you will be inspired by our latest Sydney restaurant update.

Banksii – is located on Sydney’s newest waterfront destination, Barangaroo. This is a great area for shopping,

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro - Sydney Restaurant

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

walking, wining and dining, and it’s all  on the harbour front. Banksii is a Vermouth Bar and Bistro (see our vermouth review). And while the drinks list is comprehensive, the menu is also very good. Banksii is named after Sir Joseph Banks. He was the first botanist to document the plants and botanicals of Australia. The menu is Mediterranean and is served as small, medium or large sharing platters.

We sat on the large terrace overlooking the water and opted for a mix of small and medium plates to start with. We then had a main dish to share. The service was good and the waiters knowledgeable. Standout plates for us were the fried Clarence river school prawns with aioli and kaffir lime salt and the Seared kingfish fillet with wild fennel vinaigrette, fermented chilli and dandelion. We were there in the evening, but this would be a great place for a lazy weekend lunch with friends too.

Jade Temple – This is Neil Perry’s latest venture, and is located in a historic building on Bridge Street in the CBD, just around the corner from the fabulous Mr Wong’s. The interior décor reminded us of colonial Singapore, with

Jade Temple - Sydney Restaurant

Jade Temple

plantation shutters, slow turning ceiling fans, potted palms and colourful fabrics. The food however is predominantly Cantonese and there are live fish tanks and ducks to be viewed. Dishes are a mix of contemporary Chinese and home-style cooking.

We will be back to try the lunchtime dim sum! On this occasion, we opted for the main menu, which is served on shared platters. We enjoyed the lemon chicken and salt and pepper squid, but it was the least Cantonese of dishes that got the most popular vote. The Mongolian lamb with leek, cumin and fried onion was a standout.

Mode Kitchen & Bar – You can find this behind a screened off area of the lobby at the Four Seasons. This is a casual modern Australian dining experience, and the food was good. There are several live cooking stations that make for good people watching, and a long 1920s style bar with an inventive cocktail list. We tried a ‘Contessa’ made with Brookie’s Byron Bay Dry Gin, Antica Formula and Aperol, which is a delicious twist on a negroni. We also tried a ‘Verde Bloody Mary’  made with chilli-infused Archie Rose Vodka and green tomatoes. The main menu is predominantly gluten free and focuses on wood-fired and grilled dishes. We shared octopus with leeks and radishes, tenderloin medallions with cauliflower and anchovy dressing.

The Cross Eatery – In search of a casual pit-stop in the CBD that could guarantee great coffee and food, we

Cross Eatery - Sydney Restaurant

Cross Eatery

stumbled upon The Cross, and weren’t disappointed. This café is located on the ground floor of a lovely building that used to be the home of the Red Cross. The all-white space is bright and airy with a list of specials on the blackboard and floor to ceiling windows that flood the interiors with light.

The coffee and retro playlist was great, and the choice of delicious and surprising dishes were a delight. They serve breakfast all day and kombucha on tap – we kid you not. The avocado toast came with coriander and a pepper and lime spread, while the free-range chicken sandwich comes with daikon, dill and a shallot hazelnut crumb. The flat white coffee came topped with a perfect milky heart shape, which we loved too.