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Garden Brasserie

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by Katherine Thomas (subscribe)
Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published February 21st 2013
Groups, first dates an enchanting venue for all
Garden Brasserie in the Lower North Shore suburb of Neutral Bay is perfect for friends, lovers and first-dates; thus covering a broad spectrum of those over 18 years of age.

Fairy light delight


The décor is beautiful; a feature wall of climbing plants reaching skywards, fairy-lights wrapping the balustrades of the upper level framing those in the bar upstairs whilst creating romantic twinkly overhead lighting for diners below. The furniture varies depending on which area you are in but there is a common theme of dark wood which complements the green foliage and table-candles.

The establishment is split into two separate areas; a spacious dining area on street level and the more casual bar area upstairs. Thankfully the toilets are also on the upper level, minimising dangerous ascents/descents as you clock up the cocktails of which the list is extensive and reasonably priced; all the more so on Thursdays when all cocktails are $10!

Street level dining area from the upper bar


Attending this establishment with several friends we were pleased to receive attentive yet not over-bearing service with staff who aren't afraid to crack a smile and enjoy a laugh.

On our recent visit we tried 4 of their tapas dishes; Haloumi with capsicum and lemon, Moroccan chicken salad, pulled pork empadanas and char-grilled chorizo. The food was pleasant however in tapas style not quite enough for 1 dish per person.

The pork empadanas and haloumi were strong table favorites however the Moroccan salad and chorizo lacked flavor. Never the less; the verdict was we would all return in the future for a Thursday cocktail night and sample additional dishes. The mussel night on Thursdays also sound a treat with 2 for 1 mussel buckets. You can find the full menu here.

The Garden Brasserie is definitely a great date location or place to catch up with friends as the décor is appealing, drinks are well-priced and varied and the food menu allows you to either nibble at small items or stretch the night out with individual mains. Not quite a bar, not quite a restaurant however this establishment seems to pull it off on a busy street of up & coming bars by offering both options to the discerning diner.

The garden of 'Garden Brasserie'

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Why? Bring the outdoors indoors when you dine
Phone: 61 2 8969 6900
Where: Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay
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