If you’re looking for small bars and unique restaurants, your hunt wouldn’t typically start in Sydney’s lower north shore. In the past five years however, the backstreets of Neutral Bay have been quietly transforming into a haven for foodies and cocktail lovers alike. Nights can be spent having a quiet drink with friends or grabbing anything from hearty and healthy American style cuisine, to a shared plate of tapas by candlelight.
Burgers for the ‘Burbs
With the health craze upon us and recipes for sliders cropping up in every season of Masterchef, along comes Grill’d as an antidote to these two conflicting desires. This Melbourne born burger joint has set up a new location in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.
When you and your friends are arguing about a place to eat it’s not often easy to please everybody but it’s true to say we all probably abide by three golden rules: good value, good quality and above all, delicious food. Grill’d is the mouth-watering solution to your problem. Their aim is simply to deliver first-rate burgers, sliders, sandwiches and salads that are healthy and affordable.
In the past few years, Neutral Bay has transformed from a neighbourhood whose only claim to fame was having the busiest Woolies in Australia, to a charming little hub of bars and trendy eateries. Grill’d has already slid nicely into the scene with locals enjoying a free burger on opening day!
The standouts on the menu are definitely the ‘Hot’ Mama, a grass fed beef burger with a spicy hit of harissa which can be washed down with a beer of your choosing . Vegetarians aren’t forgotten either with options like the Wild Field Mushroom Burger paired with sweet potato fries dipped in hot chilli mayo. Every flavour can be thrown onto a freshly baked gluten free or wholemeal bun.
But it’s not all burgers and fries. Despite being a growing franchise, Grill’d’s mission statement promises a connection with the community. Customers have the chance to drop in the name of a community project into a jar so that the projects with the most votes will have a $500 donation split between them.
Generous with taste, quality and local spirit, Grill’d is ready to serve up the goods in Neutral Bay.
24 Young St Neutral Bay 2089
Mon- Sun: 11am-10pm
Fri- Sat: 11am-11pm
Fully licensed wine and beer
Shaken, Not Stirred
If you fancy yourself a bit of James Bond type, then step back in time through the door of Neutral Bay’s Dr. No inspired bar Honey Rider.
For a bar in the suburbs, Honey Rider is not what you would expect. Tucked quietly between a real estate agency and a laundrette is a retro style door that invites you into an atmosphere that is less north shore, more Manhattan.
Whether you pull up a chair at the bar or choose one of the quieter corners amongst the leather furniture near the red brick wall, you will need to give yourself time to peruse the long cocktail list (hint: the menus are hidden in a vintage theatre program). High on the agenda is the Bramble: Tanqueray gin shaken with blackberry liquor, rock candy syrup and topped with fresh blackberries and a squeeze of lemon. If you’re still in the James Bond mood however, the bar staff are more than happy to knock up a classic Lillet martini. Shaken not stirred of course.
The cocktail menu is a little dangerous, with so many flavours to tempt the patrons so if you’re in need of a little sustenance, Honey Rider’s pizzas are cheap, tasty and have toppings tailored to your wishes.
If cocktail’s aren’t your game, the wine list is generous, featuring a delicious $7 Prosecco served in 1920’s champagne glasses to keep that retro feel. The beer selection contains the usual Three Sheets and Mountain Goat (the latter served on tap) but also a cheeky list of bitter American ales.
Head through the Honey Rider door for cocktail, a nibble and a taste of the past.
Address: 230 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Phone: (02) 9953 8800
Tue- Sat: 4pm-12am