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Published November 16th 2018
A New Barangaroo Debut
It is always exciting to visit new phenomenon waterfront restaurants in Sydney. The ones that have just opened and have the right atmosphere, marketing and word of mouth dishes that cause the crowds to flock. The Butcher's Block Barangaroo can be added to this list.
In what was once known as the local butcher's shop, The Butcher's Block, in North Shore's leafy suburb of Wahroonga, has become a popular local hangout, celebrated for its hearty and rustic family style cafe food which attracts many devoted crowds, with lines regularly stretching out the door. The business is now taking its next big step, opening in Sydney's central restaurant hub, Barangaroo.
The Butcher's Block has successfully secured a prime Barangaroo real estate (formerly Etè). By positioning itself on the prestige Barangaroo Avenue, patrons will enjoy a prime vantage point that is perfect for a Sydney day out. It's the first restaurant in Barangaroo to be open all day, 7 days a week.
The restaurant has undergone a full renovation with a multi-million dollar transformation and a brand-new design. We really like the exposed brick, soft sanded wood, pops of greenery, intimate mood lighting and polished silver pots and pans, alongside old-style butcher posts adorning the walls with pylons as decoration.
His cooking philosophy is all about putting his heart and soul into creating a well-balanced menu that has something for every palate. "I'm so excited to showcase the premium ingredients Australia has to offer, and finally welcome guests to see our hard work and vision come to life!"
The a la carte menu will change seasonally with a range of fresh, creative mains and laidback share plates. Current highlights include the Moreton Bay Bug & Pipi Spaghettini with chilli, parsley, lemon and seafood bisque; or the Green Lunch Bowl with BBQ broccolini, zucchini, avocado, kale, crispy brown rice and a soft poached egg.
In keeping with the business's butcher history, the menu also features premium variety cuts of meat such as the 350g rib eye, or the Riverina Angus eye fillet, both served with flavoursome house-made sauces. But arguably the signature dish got to be their 12-hour slow cooked ribs that are barbequed and glazed. All the meat is locally sourced from organic producers, to ensure the highest level of quality.
The lychee gin cocktails received high praises from the guests. It was sweet and fruity, setting the tone of the evening. We enjoyed the cocktails and admired the beautiful Barangaroo waterfront views.
The kitchen also offed some Crispy Brussels as an extra side and everyone absolutely raved about it. Brussel sprout was once a hated vegetable by many children but this version will change their mind! It was wonderfully paired with macadamia, pecorino and chardonnay vinegar. An excellent side which I will return for more.
It was an enjoyment to celebrate the grand opening of this fantastic waterfront establishment. The venue is set to become a staple for corporates looking for a quiet nook for an intimate business meeting, as well as an evening crowd in search of a special dining experience. It is very exciting to see such quality restaurants like The Butcher's Block entering the scene in Barangaroo.