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Monday, October 22, 2012

Bayswater Diner, Potts Point, Kings Cross

mini corn dogs at bayswater diner kings cross

Sloppy joes, corn dogs and 1920s jazz. The current Sydney obsession with American diner food looks far from over, but Bayswater Diner looks to offer a swankier experience, with smart uniformed waitstaff, a refined dining room and a comprehensive menu that runs from cobb salad to gumbo. It's the latest venture by Peter Lew and Nicole Galloway (Fei Jai and Barrio Chino), bringing new life to the site below Concrete Blonde.

bloody mary and root beer float at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Mary Arribiata $17
Pork fat washed Finlandia vodka with lemon juice, olive brine, tomato and Tabasco
Root beer float $7

The drinks menu has a determined American focus, with variations on the prohibition classic Long Island Iced Tea, cocktails with cherry cola and root beer, and adult shakes like the Dirty Girl Scout ($13). The creamsicle float (soda and ice cream) makes a rare appearance, but I'm all about the Bloody Mary- named a Mary Arribiata here - that's super peppery with Tabasco but not noticeably porky despite the mention of pork fat washed vodka.

soft shell crab po' boy at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Soft shell crab po' boy with lime mayo $14

We are happy to share dishes tonight, starting with a carnival of mini corn dogs ($12) that combine soft frankfurters with the sweet fluffy crunch of deep-fried cornmeal batter.

The soft shell crab po' boy is heftier than you'd expect, a tangle of crab sandwiched with shredded red cabbage in a crusty torpedo roll. The crab isn't as strong in flavour as you'll find in Japanese restaurants, but the batter is admirably light and crisp.

chicken wings with hot sauce at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Chicken wings in Bayswater hot sauce $10

The chicken wings, too, suffer a little in the seasoning department despite a promise of hot sauce, but a liberal coating of blue cheese sauce helps things along.

pulled pork hoagie and battered onion rings at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Smoked pulled pork served on a hoagie roll $18
Battered onion rings with honey on the side $8

The smoked pulled pork, on the other hand, offers plenty to cheer about - shreds of intensely smoky pork sauced up and slapped onto a hot dog-style bun.

Battered onion rings come with a side of honey. It's a strange concept at first, but if you exercise restraint and trail it lightly across the surface (not drowning it like I first did) you can easily trick your mind into thinking the onion is caramelised and naturally sweet.

double cheeseburger at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
The double Bayz cheeseburger $18

You can order the cheeseburger with a single patty ($12) but why stop there when you can double the fun? The meat patties are juicy and the cheese has that just-melted wilt to the edges. Suze is also ecstatic that the salad comes on the side - a pile of fresh tomato slices and butter lettuce leaves.

mac and cheese and sloppy joe at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Mac and cheese with bacon $11
Burnt end beef brisket sloppy joe with slaw and potato salad $18

We'd been looking forward to the macaroni and cheese but there's a distinct shortage of cheese sauce, missing the stretchy strings of molten cheese.

There's a blanket of cheese on the sloppy joe however, oozing over a bed of savoury mince cooked in tomato sauce.

hickory smoked pork ribs at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Half rack hickory smoked pork ribs with slaw and potato salad $35

I'd chosen the half rack of hickory smoked ribs, not as smoky as the pulled pork but ridiculously tender. The meat falls right off the bone as soon as I attempt to separate the ribs.

pecan pie at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Pecan pie with JD cream $12

You can make your own sundae for dessert, with your choice of ice cream, syrup and toppings that include Oreos, mini marshmallows and Reese's pieces. There's also a New York baked cheesecake and cherry choc fudge brownies but we stick with the pecan pie, an individual tart that's crowned with a alcoholic-tinged dollop of Jack Daniels flavoured cream.

key lime mousse at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Key lime mousse with mango $13

We'd been warned that our lava cake order would take 15 minutes but the kitchen must have taken pity on us for waiting, as they send out a complimentary serve of key lime mousse from the menu. The mousse is tangy with lime, wrapped around a core of mango gelee, but on a menu of homestyle classics, I'm wondering why they don't offer the heartier and much more satisfying key lime pie instead.

peanut butter chocolate lava cake at bayswater diner, potts point kings cross
Peanut butter chocolate lava cake with salted caramel ice cream $14

We can smell the sugar sweet overload of our peanut butter chocolate lava cake even before it arrives at our table. The chocolate lava cake is moist but it's the core of what tastes like pure peanut butter that threatens to stick to the roof of your mouth. Salvation comes in the form of a salted caramel ice cream that's cool and creamy.

There are some hits and misses tonight, but it's a relief to see an American menu that extends beyond the ubiquitous slider and hot dog. Now all we need is an oyster po' boy and some hush puppies. Then we can talk.

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Bayswater Diner
33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, Kings Cross, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8021 3040

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 5pm - 12midnight


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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/22/2012 01:32:00 am


32 Comments:

  • At 10/22/2012 1:52 am, Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said…

    I went down this list of dishes and thought I was back in the states. Po-boys, pulled pork bbq, hickory smoked.. Put this yank back in memory mode. :)

     
  • At 10/22/2012 2:11 am, Anonymous Micky said…

    Wow... Looks amazing! Can't wait to try out! I'm drooling over the ribs and the double double cheeseburger

     
  • At 10/22/2012 7:08 am, Blogger Food is our religion said…

    Pork fat washed vodka? That's def American to the power of hardcore!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 7:33 am, Blogger Sherrie Huang said…

    That peanut butter lava cake looks heavenly! Dude food is hitting Sydney by storm isn't it?

     
  • At 10/22/2012 9:07 am, Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said…

    This definitely makes me feel as I'm in america all over again. Though, the desserts are much more fancy! hahah. Take me back to america please..

     
  • At 10/22/2012 9:10 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    hells yeah salad to the side!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 9:45 am, Anonymous Jimmy said…

    Looks nice, but can someone please come up with a new theme please?

    Every other restaurant or bar in Sydney is either an American diner, Mexican taqueria or a prohibition bar. Each staff member with every single Sailor Jerry tattoo and/or looking like an extra from Boardwalk Empire.

     
  • At 10/22/2012 10:07 am, Anonymous billy@a table for two said…

    "Suze is also ecstatic that the salad comes on the side"
    Did I hear it right??

    Suze... you have changed... LOL


    But those ribs.....

     
  • At 10/22/2012 10:12 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Okay, so yes, the peanut butter chocolate dessert sounds incredible, incredible... but Helen, you've got this wrong. I'm in Canada now. You have to start blogging about poutine and nainamo bars (or however that's spelled...) ;)

     
  • At 10/22/2012 10:55 am, Anonymous Vivian - vxdollface said…

    The burger looks promising! though i wish it were made with the american cheese, the darker shade of yellow. ooh and that pumpkin gets me all excited :D wonder if they'll be holding a halloween shindig

     
  • At 10/22/2012 11:50 am, Anonymous Christine @ Cooking Crusade said…

    mmm there's a lot of american goodness right there. you had me at blue cheese sauce. then onion rings with honey. then at ribs. haha.

     
  • At 10/22/2012 1:32 pm, Anonymous gastronomous anonymous said…

    oh my... everything looks fantastic here! the ribs and the burger and the peanut butter chocolate dessert! will put this on my list when i come back for a visit!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 2:27 pm, Blogger leetranlam said…

    Making your own sundae for dessert sounds like an ace idea. Thanks for this great trip to American dinerland via Potts Point!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 2:45 pm, Blogger Jacq said…

    That is one good looking double cheeseburger! And I love corn dogs - so bad but so good lol

     
  • At 10/22/2012 2:59 pm, Blogger joey@FoodiePop said…

    Have been eagerly awaiting a review of this new diner; thanks Helen, looks good!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 3:45 pm, Anonymous cassie@nextstop:food said…

    OMG ... I don't know what I'd like to try, everything looks and sounds completely amazing!!
    but the Peanut butter chocolate lava cake may just be something in my "must try" list! :9

     
  • At 10/22/2012 8:11 pm, Blogger Anna said…

    Honey with onion rings is something I have never heard of.. how curious!

    That lava cake looks to.die.for! :D

     
  • At 10/22/2012 9:36 pm, Anonymous MoMo and Coco Dessert Correspondents said…

    Seems like Sydney/Melbourne are both being swamped by an American craze! It's good for a while, then it just becomes b-o-r-i-n-g. Of course, not complaining with anything pecan pie or peanut butter chocolate related though!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 11:44 pm, Blogger milkteaxx said…

    i have my eyes on the soft shell crab po-boy and that rack of ribs! love the american influence!

     
  • At 10/22/2012 11:44 pm, Blogger milkteaxx said…

    i have my eyes on the soft shell crab po-boy and that rack of ribs! love the american influence!

     
  • At 10/23/2012 8:17 pm, Blogger Potato Princess said…

    Awww...I want to go there now! :)

     
  • At 10/24/2012 8:50 am, Anonymous gaby @ lateraleating said…

    The desserts look too "delicate" to pass as authentic American cuisine... other than that I'd say they've nailed it.

     
  • At 10/24/2012 11:59 pm, Anonymous Sara - Belly Rumbles said…

    Love the little corn dogs, too cute. I would of drowned the onion ring too, thanks for the light hand heads up. Not generally a dessert girl, but they look good.

     
  • At 10/25/2012 10:48 am, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    This place is now firmly at the top of my to eat at list. The soft shell crab po' boy looks a bit tricky to eat, however the hickory smoked ribs have my name written all over them!

     
  • At 10/25/2012 10:48 am, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    This place is now firmly at the top of my to eat at list. The soft shell crab po' boy looks a bit tricky to eat, however the hickory smoked ribs have my name written all over them!

     
  • At 10/25/2012 10:48 am, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    This place is now firmly at the top of my to eat at list. The soft shell crab po' boy looks a bit tricky to eat, however the hickory smoked ribs have my name written all over them!

     
  • At 10/25/2012 10:49 am, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    This place is now firmly at the top of my to eat at list. The soft shell crab po' boy looks a bit tricky to eat, however the hickory smoked ribs have my name written all over them!

     
  • At 10/26/2012 1:19 pm, Anonymous Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said…

    I will never tire of this craze. May it always be around. Especially those mini corn dogs....yeah.

     
  • At 10/31/2012 4:24 pm, Anonymous Katie said…

    Tried on Saturday and loved it. Didn't get to try everything I wanted but between our table we managed the cheeseburger, pulled pork hoagie, beef brisket sloppy joe, mac and cheese (with bacon) and onion rings. I was glad to find my sloppy joe wasn't mince as you mentioned in the review, but much as I'd expect brisket to be - shredded/pulled beef. Amazing flavours. My only complaint was the heat of the jalapenos in the potato salad. Would have much preferred a creamy potato salad for the contrast/cool down factor. will definitely be returning!

     
  • At 11/09/2012 10:19 am, OpenID bestrestaurantsofaustralia said…

    I really didn't enjoy Bayswater - such a shame as I absolutely adore Barrio and Fei!

    Onion rings were the highlight... but honey? Not convinced

     
  • At 11/10/2012 9:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's pork fat washed whiskey on their menu. Not vodka. That's probably why it didn't taste like it

     
  • At 11/11/2012 8:48 pm, Anonymous Trent said…

    Great post!

    I'm going to grab my missus and head here soon. I've missed a lot of this type of food after moving back from the US.

    Pulled pork sandwich is definitely on the list.....I'm drooooooling.

     

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