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Monday, August 09, 2004

Pier 26 Bar, Darling Harbour

Pier 26 Bar next to the Aquarium at Darling Harbour, is filled with the usual tourists and stray suits during the weekday lunch-hour. However this has become one of our new favourite CBD lunch spots with its good food and scenic views.

On a previous visit we were enamoured with the blackboard special lamb shanks, tender and tasty on a large bed of comforting mash and drizzled with a meaty gravy. On this visit, to our dismay, the shanks were not available but in hindsight this was rather fortuitous as a new favourite was unearthed.

My lunch buddy ordered the seared pork, potatoes and cabbage with apple and walnut which was one of the blackboard specials. Disconcertingly the pork was rare in parts, but I was reassured it was tender and flavoursome. Had the searing continued slightly longer, it would have been perfect. The cabbage was enhanced by subtle apple and walnut flavours. Overall extremely tasty and a clever combination of flavours.

The standout dish though was the salmon. Featured on the regular lunch menu, the promise behind the "baked Atlantic salmon fillet on a caramelised onion and leek tart with a rocket and walnut salad" was not compromised. The crisp crunchy salmon skin was the perfect balance to the moist flesh, cooked perfectly so it forked with ease, the centre medium-rare. The caramelised onion and leek tart was also very moreish. There were no walnuts in the rocket salad, but plenty of parmesan.

Good food (especially the salmon!) and at reasonable prices given the location. The outdoor deck is ideal for soaking up the winter lunchtime sun and they do have a number of beers available. Staff can be a bit ditzy and service is casual (vibrating buzzers indicate when your food is ready to be picked up from the kitchen) but for a relaxed lunch with a view, you couldn't ask for more.

Seared pork with potatoes on cabbage
with apple and walnut $15.50 (Blackboard special)

Baked Atlantic salmon fillet on a caramelised onion and leek tart
with a rocket and walnut salad $18.50

View of caramelised onion and leek tart

Pier 26 Bar
Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
Tel: 02 8270 5126
Open 12pm till late, 7 days

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Pier 26, July 2006
Pier 26, March 2006
Pier 26, June 2005
Pier 26, April 2005
1 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 8/09/2004 11:59:00 pm


  • At 8/09/2005 1:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    in response to your comments:
    After being recommended to pier 26 bar it has become my absolute favourite place for lunch or a drink after work. I find the staff always incredibly friendly and courteous, the food is fantastic - always quick and at very reasonable prices. Overlooking the harbour - a great place to be. Always very busy Friday afternoons though, it is hard to get a seat.


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