I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 17th 2014
It was our 36th wedding anniversary and Leanne had heard a number of good reports about a restaurant in the extremely busy main street of Gymea. Now when I mean extremely busy, there are times when the traffic in and out of Gymea is an absolute mess.
Now shouldn't deter you from going to this restaurant at any time of the day or night as there is plenty of parking to be had in the main street, as well as nearby streets. We were lucky enough to find a car parking spot in the nearby cark park. Which is only a short walk to The Wine Room Piano Bar Restuarant.
You can even park right out the front of the restuarant
The Wine Room Piano Bar Restaurant opened in April 2014 and serves up a seasonal menu of eclectic gastronomic new Australian cuisine while only using the best Australian produce available. To go along with their fine selection of meals you can also select from one of their wide variety of mid to high end cocktails, locally crafted beers and a great selection of artisanal wines.
Maybe there is a wine or cocktail here for you? Photo courtesy of The Wine Room Piano Bar Restuarant
When we arrived at about 1pm on a Wednesday the restaurant was pretty packed and there were only a couple of tables, so we decided to sit outside and watch the world go by. It wasn't long before the waitress came out with a chilled bottle of water and a couple of menus to have a look. As I looked through the lunch menu I couldn't decide what to have.
Would it be the Ploughman's Steak Sandwich filled with a Kilcoy sirloin minute steak, mustard, Jarlsburg cheese, tomato chutney, roquette and pickled onion on toasted Turkish & fries or the Char grilled lamb, haloumi, fresh tomato, mixed leaves and eggplant chutney Lamb and Haloumi Wrap served with fries or maybe the Crispy Skin Atlantic Salmon that is served with heirloom tomato salad and green olive salsa. Choices, choices, what to get.
My second choice was the Ploughman's Steak Sandwich
Kelly has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 18 years and has worked at many first class operations including commercial catering, 5 start hotels and various gourmet cafes. Kelly also has 6 years experience in wholesale bakery.
Kelly is a big believer of using nothing but the best and freshest ingredients in her cooking and from what we experience on the day we dined at The Wine Room says it all. The ingredients in the Ploughman's Steak Sandwich were as fresh as you could get.
The Kilcoy Sirloin minute steak was cooked exactly how I like it (medium) and it just melted in your mouth. One other thing about the meal I had was that there were not too many chips on the plate and for me this was great as the Ploughman's Minute Steak and its ingredients was the centre piece of the dish.
Daniel Weng – Sous Chef
Daniel began his apprenticeship at the Minzu Hotel in Beijing in 2004. Daniel worked extremely hard while working at the Minzu and it wasn't long before he worked his way up to one of the top chefs. It was while working here he developed a passion to explore different styles of cooking
In 2007 Daniel arrived in Australia and worked at some of Sydney's finest restaurants:
• Catalina's at Rose Bay
• Glass Brassiere in Sydney
• Tetsuya's in Sydney
before coming to work at The Wine Room at Gymea.
Daniel doing what he does best. Photo courtesy of The Wine Room Piano Bar Restuarant
While there I noticed, tucked away in the restaurant I spotted and white baby grand piano. How good would it be to listen to some music as you dine away at this restaurant? They have a roster of talented local pianists that play from 7pm on a Wednesday to Saturday night, and from 2pm on Sunday's.
The Wine Room has just about everything covered for someone who would like to drop in and have a Light Bite, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or just a cup of coffee and cake.
Just think if you were out shopping in Gymea and you were feeling a bit peckish and you didn't want to have a full blown meal you might like to try a triple chocolate muffin with a latte to keep you going for the second half of your shopping.
Maybe you were looking for somewhere to have breakfast on a Saturday morning before you start wilting your way through the list of chores you have up on the fridge. One that comes to mind is the Breakfast Platter with eggs cooked to your liking with bacon, roast tomato, sautéed mushrooms, Chorizo, avocado, potato rosti and toasted sourdough.
Now if you were looking for somewhere to take the family or a group of friends for dinner you will have approximately 7 entrees, 10 main s and 8 deserts to choose from.
So let me see, what about the Seared Scallops with crispy pancetta, cauliflower puree, micro herbs and charred lemon. Then for main I would have the Rolled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms, served with cashews, snow pea vegetables, crisp noodles & chicken jus. Then if I really had to I would have the Honey Semifreddo that is served with raspberries, pistachio shortbread and spun sugar. To compliment this meal you could pick from one of their beer or wine choices.
As with all restaurants the menus do change. So the menu that we had to choose from may not be the same as when you decide to go.
Photo courtesy of The Wine Room Piano Bar Restuarant
On another note I would like to thank the waitress that we had on the day. The service we had was terrific, as she couldn't do enough for us. Even to the point of apologising for us having to wait a very short time for her to take our order.
For further information on The Wine Room Piano Bar Restaurant you can click on the following link to their website or maybe you would like to look at their Menu and decide what takes your fancy. Or maybe you could Like them on their Facebook page and get updated on up and coming events.
For any further information you could cntact them on (02) 9526 8128 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org