What a pleasant surprise to have been invited here. You feel like you're one excited Sydney foodie to say the least. Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill at King Street Wharf is no ordinary Greek Tavern. Its where Greek food meets the swanky bar experience. For the article, I asked one of the staff if it was okay for me to take a picture of the bar, and apart from granting permission in being able to do so, he jokingly said the area is copyrighted. There is an element of truth to this. If you don't like seeing yourself in the mirror here, get used to it. Why? Head inside the restroom, and there are mirrors all around you. Just be careful not to bump into them. A kaleidoscope of mirrors isn't too fun after devouring their Apple Martini and Lychee cocktail concoctions.
The ambience is awesome on a beautiful autumn's afternoon. Even cooler, if you're coming from Circular Quay, ensure you catch the Ferry to wharf 3 at King Street Wharf, and that way you will be dropped outside the door, literally. Lounging outdoor on one of the white couches is a great way to enjoy a cocktail. Cool blue paint, with Venetian timbers and a table etched with concrete patterns sets that Greek feeling alive. Funnily enough, all the Greek staff went home for the night, and the poor Belgian waiter who served us (a wonderful guy, mind you) dropped an entire bottle of white wine right near me and someone else. Sticking to the cocktails was a wise decision.
The Apple Martini was (as the menu described) exactly like a Vodka Martini with a bite of crunchy apple. Its crystal clear in liquid form, yet ever so strong and sweet upon taking the first bite. At the dinner table, the staff made me a special lychee cocktail, and the lychee piece left over was refreshment heaven. Not as strong, with a fig like pip. Otherwise, the staff were excellent mind readers when it came to topping up the water. Perfect.
The mini-feast was amazing, only to underestimate the serving size of the lamb. This meant that all of us passed on the dessert. For those of us who caught the train home, we wouldn't have made it to either Town Hall or Central stations otherwise.
So far, I am uber pleased that what was once Double Bay fame, has moved to a waterfront location on the quieter end of Darling Harbour. For starters, the freshly roasted nuts ($7.50 per serve) were okay. Problem was, many of us were hungry at that point. The pistachios in particular went without any haste.
Otherwise the whiting fillets baked in vine leaves with breadcrumbs, pine nuts and latholemono ($16.50) was a great shared dish. Cut up in halves, out of four people, everyone received a piece. The whiting had no bones, and was rather well cooked. The vine leaves brought in the olive oil fusion.
Not anticipating the size of the lamb we were all looking forward to, our group ordered another serve. The spinach and feta spanakopitas ($16.50) enjoyed the right amount of spinach, yet the ricotta flavour was rather weak. Super crunchy pastry with a buttery feel. We were still hungry until we got to eat the slow roasted Greek Lamb with lemon and oregano potatoes ($32.50). The lamb was beautiful, flavoursome and cooked just right; it slid off the bone with calm and grace. An easy dish to enjoy. I wasn't too fond of the potatoes. I could have gone with a Greek salad instead. Pity I passed on the salad, despite a few others in our group commenting that the tomatoes were red and ripe, and that the Classic Greek Salad ($13.50) was a real, authentic Greek Salad prepared with love.
Back to the lamb. It was filling. I had to leave some on the plate, and so did the rest of our group. Once again, we were expecting this dish to be tapas style, and not one dish each. If we had known the latter, we would have passed on the extra serve of whiting. Amazing how three enjoyable hours went just like that. Despite our waiter not having a great night when it came to manual dexterity tasks, this restaurant is still highly recommended. Great food and pretty great service. I loved it here.