If you love your pork crackling, as well as delectable roasts, then look no further than Swine & Co in the city. If you're a carnivore full stop, you'll love it here. If you're a full on vegetarian, I apologise for a moment. A newly opened, hip, trendy bar, deli and food joint that has opened a few weeks ago, as at the time of writing this.
This is one classy lunch spot you want to take that special someone to. That was the case with my man. My gluten free and dairy free eating fare went out the window. Now that my skin has cleared up, it most certainly can. Some quality time was spent with each other, over lunch and great conversations. The ambience allows that. Bookings are able to be made in advance for the fine dining area, but for the deli area it's first in first served.
It is where The Establishment meets The Paramount Coffee Project, and also to the likes of Pablo & Rusty's. Some cool food joints are opening up, with staff wearing the coolest greyish aprons. All of them were welcoming. The deli opens for weekday lunch service at midday. I arrived just after midday today (as at the time of writing this) to secure a table, let alone a great one. There was no problem in this area. All was well. While I was waiting for my man to arrive at the agreed time of 12:30pm, I went for some banana bread ($3.50) with mini chocolate pieces. This little piece was rather filling. Surprised to discover the chocolate chunks, yet they were a welcoming addition.
Such a classy place
There are ample magazines to read, and it is great that water is available, yet you may need to ask for it often. I did, and the second time round my top up arrived. Love the concept. The ambience is divine, albeit a little noisy.
It was all great, and our meals arrived quickly. I was still only half-way through my banana bread, of which my man enjoyed a bit. We had to leave some of it behind as we were so full in the end.
The coffee machine
I ordered The Reuben ($14) with cured wagyu brisket, sauerkraut, pickles and swiss cheese on rye sourdough bread. The filling was rather chunky, and therefore I needed to pull the sandwich apart and eat it with a knife and fork. I was really only interested and now hungry enough to enjoy the filling. Generous servings of sauerkraut was enjoyed, and the brisket on top was just smashing. The swiss cheese blended in beautifully with this antipasto like offering, and the pickles were rather small and not overpowering which was nice to discover. I did enjoy a bit of the bread, yet left remnants of it behind as I was so full.
Loved it here
My man loves chicken schnitzel sandwiches, and hence ordered a Chicken Schnitzel ($12) with vine ripened tomatoes, baby cos, aioli and parmesan. It came beautifully presented to our table baguette style, with a piece of bow wrapped around it. He was also impressed with the latte art on his skinny latte ($3) with a generous amount of caffeine to sip on. He devoured his lunch in a flash, while great conversations were enjoyed. All in all a great hour was spent in, taking in everything.
My mans chicken schnitzel sandwich
A lovely place, and feels ever so welcoming. Alcoholic options are also available. Nice one all round.
Deli style as always
Where: 16 O'Connell Street Sydney NSW.
Why: Amazing, heavenly sandwiches with a brilliant homely, dimly lit ambience.
Cost: My bill came to $32.50.
When: Lunchtime. Arrive from midday for the best spots in the deli area at the back.
Settled in quickly
Good for kids: No
Take away: Yes, but nicer to eat in. A nice mini-indulgence for hard work.