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The Governor Hotel

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by Faye (subscribe)
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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 Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
Photo: Faye

The Governor Hotel Macquarie Park Rooftop Bar
Ess Rooftop Bar - Photo: Faye

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.

Ess Rooftop Bar The Governor Hotel
The Kitchen at Ess - Photo: Faye

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.

The Governor Booth Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
The Governor Booth - Photo: Faye

Between the bistro and bar is a semi private area for cocktails and social gatherings and intimate booths modelled on train carriages, each booth accommodating up to eight people.

The Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
The Carriages - Photo: Faye

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.

Bistro Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
Pork and Olive Pizza - Photo: Faye

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.

The Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
Slow Roasted Wagyu Ragu - Photo: Faye

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.

Dessert The Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
Cookies and Cream Panna Cotta - Photo: Faye

Our second choice, the Brownie with choc fudge sauce, vanilla bean gelato and macadamia praline was nice but the gelato had an unusual vanilla flavour which detracted from the rest of the ingredients.

Dessert The Governor Hotel Macquarie Park
Brownie - Photo: Faye

Overall, we will definitely return to this unique hotel. The staff were professional and friendly and word is already spreading about this chic hotel.

With Christmas approaching, The Governor is hosting Twilight Christmas Markets on Wednesday 28 November. Tickets are $10 including champagne, so get in fast as they sell out quickly.

Enjoy discounts on food and wine at The Governor by becoming a member. Click here for further details. There are good times ahead for this well-placed hotel in Macquarie Park.
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Why? Fabulous rooftop bar and bistro
When: 7 days a week, 10:00am - 12 midnight
Phone: 9287 1418
Where: 9 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park 2113
Cost: Varied, see website. Discounts for members.
Your Comment
I was there Melb Cup day/my birthday and the place is awesome. I'm looking fwd to returning. Great review.
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|2981) 29 days ago
There were 3 desserts to choose from, we chose 2 to share. And yes, they are pretty special.
by Faye (score: 3|1124) 30 days ago
The desserts look amazing!
by Amanda I (score: 2|520) 30 days ago
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