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 August 18th 2013
Diverse flavors, good portions and great ambience
The North-Shore suburb that once was home to the Cremorne Orpheum, a smattering of shops and not many quality food establishments has undergone major development in the last 2 years to become a foodie's heaven. One of the establishments that is leading the way with revolutionising this area of Military Road and surrounds into a drinking & dining hotspot is appropriately named; The Mayor Bar & Dining.
Boasting a covetable location next door to the Orpheum (400 Military Road); The Mayor is the ideal venue for any multitude of events. Alfresco weekend brunch with the ladies in summer months? Check. Dimly lit dinner-date with a significant other? Check. Cocktails and dinner before heading out for a dance? Check and check.
Dark furniture, walls and candle-light set the evening tone
On a wintry Saturday evening a girlfriend and I decided to give The Mayor a go. Whilst all the inside tables were occupied (unexpected for 6pm but then again; shows the popularity of the venue) we were at first apprehensive at dining outside however were pleasantly surprised by the back bar and dining area. Alfresco indeed with brighter lighting but cheerily warm and the fabulous staff all made up for the lack of an inside table. Several desserts and mains were sampled from the extensive menu. Portions were fantastic and erred on the generous side; so often is not the case these days so we were extremely pleased. The spiced pumpkin salad with baby spinach, sweet potatoes, almond flakes & honey lime yoghurt with lamb ($20) was absolutely divine and the serving of lamb extremely generous. Not one of those salads that's all leaves and nothing else. Looking around at other diners all seemed to enjoy their meals as much as we did which is a great sign! Mains (including salads) range from $19 to $35 and there are choices here for the gluten free, the dairy free and the vegetarian of course. My friend requested some changes to her meal and the staff could not have been more accommodating and gracious.
For dessert I deviated from my standard slice of cheesecake (although that is on the menu) and sampled the pistachio cannolis with caramel sauce and orange zest; amazing. My friend tried the panacotta but by the time I am writing this review this no longer appears on the menu and has been replaced by a tempting Ferrero Rocher iced soufflé. Sad as she said it was delicious, but good as it shows that the menu changes frequently. Desserts come in around the $13 mark but portions again are generous and you could easily split one between 2.
Now whilst the online homepage may at first glance remind you of a New York Diner, the venue really comprises gorgeous décor from years gone by, gorgeous food and gorgeous staff; all in all a totally gorgeous trifecta. Just phone ahead if you want to choose your table on a weekend evening as word of mouth spreads this gem is set to get busier and busier.