Standing puffed up amongst the front of restaurants along Darling Harbour is Nickís Adria Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant boasts waterside views and dinners dipped in hazy sunsets. The smell of chargrilled angus beef casts a spell-like bind on diners as it marinates and grills in the outdoor kitchen which also serves up a range of local seafood, rotisserie meats, and regional pasta.
Walking into the restaurant you may feel a little overwhelmed by the loud chatter competing for dominance over the live entertainment, but this fades once you become part of the atmosphere. Your personal waiter will seat you either near the kitchen, which is fun to watch between lulls in conversation, or by the water, which compliments the seaside ambiance. The overworked staff may slightly decimate the lively mood, but their competence is extraordinary. Despite all the tables brimming with patrons, the food arrives promptly.
Located across from the Darling Harbour Lindt Cafť.
If the mere thought of meat dazzles you, then the menu will surely knock you out. If you're a vegan though, a bowl of chips may be your only choice.
The main menu is broken down into three categories: pasta, seafood, and meats including ribs and angus beef. There is a shortage in variety, but if you have a fondness for meat and seafood, you donít need a lot to choose from.
The marinated rotisserie meat ($26) bursts with flavour and is served with potato salad, chargrilled vegetables, and a mushroom and onion sauce to smother your meat with.
Chargrilled angus beef.
The Caesar salad ($17.50) is dribbled with a delectable creamy sauce and sprinkled with clumps of bacon. While the added, optional chicken is not chargrilled and tastes average it is still nice to have with a serving of chips or to bump up your salad.
Connected to the restaurant is a fully serviced cocktail bar that operates under the buzz of live entertainment. The drinks menu offers a variety of juices, cocktails, beer, and wines. You can also order some quality bar food such as the wagyu beef burger ($16), or zucchini and feta fritters ($10) which are fresh and made to order. Next to the bar is a rustic lounge area thatís a nice place to have a drink with friends and allow the rhythm of the live entertainment to pump up your blood.
The lounge room.
With a stunning, clear view of the harbour this restaurant is a great place for meat lovers and would even be a great place to dine on New Years Eve.
Where: The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf,
Cost: Starters and sides from $4.50 - $19.50. Mains from $22 - $44.
When: Breakfast every day from 8am-12pm.
Lunch and dinner every day from 11.30am-11pm (Friday/Saturday till midnight).
Good for kids: Yes, kids menu available.
Take away: No.