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Published August 16th 2012
Pelicano – Double Bay's Latest Trendy New Watering Hole
Home to the well dressed and well heeled high society, designer shops, and top end real estate, Double Bay is the playground of the rich and the beautiful, so when I look for a bar restaurant to visit for a mid-week dinner and a few drinks, I have high expectations.
Walking through Bay Street, I land on what looks like a sophisticated establishment called Pelicano on Bay Street, and head on in. Descending down the steps and I find myself in a beachy but elegant wine bar.
The venue is split over three levels, with a bar on street level, followed by another drinking area down a short set of stairs, which is followed by the dining area and kitchen another level below. It is owned by Andrew Becher, Tim Holmes à Court, Damon Downey of Sneaky Sound System and another partner, so the venue is set to be a success.
The décor follows a nautical theme with the obvious touches including stripes, ropes and maritime paraphernalia, all carefully designed to give a luxurious feel that oozes style and makes you feel like you could be in the French Riviera with its Mediterranean chic. There are hints of colour which add to the black and white tones of the place, with various bright artworks adorning the walls.
There is a range of seating options from a high, communal bar table with stools, to comfortable, plush booths with lounges. Arriving at 7pm the place is almost empty, but within an hour it is bustling with people and full to the brim.
The drinks menu is extensive with a fine selection of cocktails, beers, wines and champagnes. The food menu is small, with a handful of entrees, mains, desserts and a cheese plate.
We opt for the Burger De Luxe which is $18. It arrives on a dark board and is very small in size, but delivers hugely in its flavours. The menu doesn't give away the secrets of what is included in the burger, but the meat patty is soft and delicious, and is paired with what tastes like pate, sliced cabbage salad, and housed in a nice bread bun. It comes with three small potato wedges which are crunchy on the outside and crumbly in the middle – cooked to perfection. They are so tasty, I wish there were more on the plate. The burger is washed down with a nice glass of Champagne.
Still hungry after the main, we decide to try the dessert which is a choux pastry donut with fresh berries and ice-cream. Again, the portion is tiny, but the taste is of sizable proportions. Staff are polite and friendly, without being intrusive.