It's always great when dinner is more than dinner. At Pinbone, it feels a bit like going to the circus. Located on Jersey Road, Woollahra on the old site of Buzo, this restaurant is casual elegance with dark timber tables, geometric light fixtures and some serious mood lighting. The menu features top class produce, and with items like fairy bread and chocolate crackles; we were in for a culinary ride.
Only open since November, Pinbone has already built up quite a reputation, and with its chefs formerly working for some of the best restaurants in Sydney including three Blue Ducks and Billy Kwong; you expect fancy, shmancy and intimidating, but it's not. It's young, it's fun, and the staff are all so nice that guests get to have an awesome gastronomical experience in a friendly, very warm environment.
It's child's play with fairy bread
Sharing is caring, and with the entire menu designed to share, you're sure to feel the love. It's split into three sections: snacks, larger share plates and something sweet. The creativity that has gone into the dishes is amazing. Classified as modern Australian, there are combinations you would never see anywhere else: white pepper with blueberries; poached squid with marrow, and mushroom with rhubarb - unique combinations which show not only a real understanding of flavours, but also a sense of adventure.
carrot and mussels. A combination that totally worked.
My friend and I took that message to heart, and it was with a sense of adventure and leaping into the unknown that we ordered. Our feast included fairy bread ($4), an adult version topped with caviar which was a popping sensation; as well as the deliciously sweet and sticky lamb rib ($5), and carrot and mussels ($20) - a surprising combination that incorporated in house pickled mussels, as well as skirt steak with mustard greens ($28). This last dish, though relatively normal sounding, was served with the steak hidden. Unveiling, it was almost as much fun as eating it.
the steak hidden
Numerous times throughout the night, talking just ceased. The food was that good that our enjoyment of it took all of our attention.
the steak revealed
Though all dishes were great, the best performance of the evening was definitely the dessert. The banana and Rum ($16) was a platter of delectable goodies including rum stewed banana pieces, waffle, banana meringue, ice cream and more. I died a little from happiness.
the high point, banana and rum.
This restaurant is without a doubt worth a revisit. Next time I’ll order the chef’s selection, a $70 per person set menu of around eight plates of the chef’s choosing. That way I’ll be able to try everything on the menu.
Where: 3 Jersey Road Woollahra NSW
Why: Nothing else like it in Sydney
Cost: $4- $28
When: Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-late
Brunch sun 8am-4pm