By Franz Scheurer
It’s been there for so long many of us have forgotten it exists. The Wharf restaurant at the very end of Pier 4 is quintessential Sydney and has been for years. You’re sitting in the middle of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and the old warehouse is fitted out in a typically Sydney-like casual laid-back style that is location inspired and rewards in a way money simply can’t buy. You’re instantly at ease when you walk in and your worries and stresses seem to have evaporated on the long walk from the road to the end of the wharf on the wonderful old and uneven wooden floor past all the fabulous posters of the Sydney Theatre Company sharing the same Wharf.
Table and glassware is appropriate and the subdued candle enriched lighting works wonderfully at night. You can sit in or outside almost any day of the year as both outside areas are well covered and one of them is always sheltered from the wind. The Wharf has reinvented itself with Tim Pak Poy consulting on the food and Aaron Ross manning the kitchen. The food is good and innovative without being precious. I like the idea of slotting a few “mid-size” dishes between the entrees and the mains and there are always a couple of vegetarian options on the menu. The wine list is concise, appropriate and very good value for money. Service is friendly without ever being too familiar.
If you’re a theatregoer the Wharf caters for you with a 6.30pm pre-theatre sitting and you can book a second sitting at 8.30pm if you’re not. By then it has quietened down from the pre-theatre rush and clamour to comfortable dining and a great way to enjoy our wonderful harbour.
If you love this city, enjoy good food then check it out!
For more information of bookings:
Tel.: 02 9250 1761