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Published November 8th 2018
Trendy multi level hotel with rooftop bar and stylish bistro
A trendy bar and bistro in the Ryde area is successfully filling the gap as a new dining experience for the local community, workers in the Macquarie Park business centre, as well as being a magnet for an increasing number of visitors to the area. The Governor Hotel, a member of the Momento Group which owns several venues across Sydney's North West, has an enticing rooftop bar, a stylish bistro, a hip public bar and a bright garden terrace.
The four of us arrived in the early evening for a birthday celebration. We ascended three flights of stairs to reach the spacious Ess Rooftop Bar which commands 360-degree views of the surrounding area (there is a lift which also transports people between the multi-levels of this venue). The bar takes centre stage where a selection of cocktails are offered. The Kitchen eatery is the place to order a variety of shared plates then take your seat on comfy stools and chairs which are set along the rooftop perimeter. Every Wednesday evening is Ladies Night at Ess. Selected cocktails are $9, wine is $6. There are complimentary mini desserts and regular themed events.
Downstairs is the bistro with a spacious seating area and private booths. Booths located on each level are a hallmark of this hotel creating a fascinating trait for this establishment. The bistro's blonde wooded interior is a refreshing change to the dark spaces of many hotels. The bistro has unusual decorative features with an oversized couch taking pride of place in The Governor Booth, large deer heads in various other booths which sit on the bistro's perimeter.
After being wowed by the diverse range of spaces, we were famished. There is an extensive menu including vegetarian and gluten free options. The Gov Cheeseburger, Prawn Gnocchi, Poke Bowl, many selections of pizzas, sides and large share meals. The birthday girl chose the Pork and Olive Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella fior di latte, parmesan and basil oil. It was very moist and delicious. Another chose the Southern Fried Chicken Burger with red cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli and spicy pickles on a milk bun served with rosemary salted fries. Yum.
The next dish was the Petite 200g Sirloin which arrived with a nice pink colour. My friend had the choice of fries or vegetables. He chose the healthier option of cauliflower and broccoli with a pepper sauce. Next to arrive was the Slow Braised Wagyu Ragu with pappardelle and buffalo mozzarella. The meat was lovely and tender but I would have liked a stronger flavour, perhaps using peppers to give the dish a greater intensity.
We could not ignore the desserts. We chose two to share. The Cookies and Cream Panna Cotta was sensational. The chocolate flakes with sugar and oreo crumb scooped into the creamy panna cotta was melt in the mouth delicious.