Swine & Co, a flash bar, deli and fine dining space solely opened for the carnivore lovers of Sydney. Vegetarians, you might need to stick to your mouth watering cakes and pastries. The pig is an appropriate logo for this Australian Restaurant in the beauty of O'Connell Street in the city. You will get this in a moment.
You're able to make a booking in the fine dining area, where the menu deviates away from sandwiches. Pork crackling and roasts heaven reigns supreme with or without an alcoholic treat. If you're after something a little more casual, then the deli area is more suitable for a posh weekday lunch experience. If you want a meat sandwich of any kind, then the deli area is your friend. You can still enjoy a drop of wine or a cocktail in this area if you wish. Coffee is a best friend to many city workers here, too.
The deli opens at midday, and as Swine & Co is only a few weeks old as at the time of writing this; it is pot luck in finding a good table - if one at all. Definitely first in first served. I locked in another date with my man, and was way ahead of schedule. Therefore, we were lucky to find ourselves a good, intimate table at the back.
This is why I opted to try a piece of their banana bread ($3.50) while I was waiting for my man, and so to curb my hunger pains till he arrives. Although small and petite in size, this cake is rather filling. This is no ordinary banana bread either. Quality chocolate pieces reign supreme like a pleasant surprise when you open up sesame so to speak. I gave some to my man later, and left a bit of it behind in the end. Was so full.
My man and I were both in the mood for a sandwich, and therefore I ordered The Reuben ($14) with cured wagyu brisket, sauerkraut, pickles and swiss cheese on rye sourdough bread. The sauerkraut and the wagyu inside was rather generous. You would need a fairly wide mouth to eat this like a burger, and therefore the cutlery was needed. I only tried a small portion of the bread as the beautiful fillings was more than enough. The sauerkraut was fresh, and blended in beautifully with the wagyu. The pickles were small in size. I would have liked a little less sauerkraut, and a little more cheese, yet the swiss cheese I had was heavenly on the palette.
On the other hand my man thoroughly enjoyed his Chicken Schnitzel ($12) with vine ripened tomatoes, baby cos, aioli and parmesan cheese. It was wrapped in a way to perceive freshness, and he powered it down, together with his well brewed skinny latte ($3) with latte art goodness and finesse.
An hour can fly just like that in this place. It is like eating in a five-star hotel with prompt service, although I had to remind the staff twice for my water top up. A gorgeous place to enjoy lunch at, but you must be in the mood for some meat sandwich in the deli area. Needless to say, I would not hesitate in recommending this establishment to my friends. If dining in the main dining room, you'll need to be in the mood for a hearty roast.