Situated on the Ground Floor of the historic Customs House, Quay Bar is one of those perfect spots for an after-work drink for locals and tourists alike. Overlooking Circular Quay, the venue is greatly positioned for people-watching in the heart of Sydney while indulging in some food and wine.
The venue has recently changed over its food and beverage menu and we recently visited to sample some of these delicious treats. There are five “classics” on the menu including the BBQ pulled pork belly, the Jamaican jerk chicken burger, Panko crumbed chicken schnitzel, New York aged sirloin, and the Quay Bar burger. We tasted the latter and found it to be both delicious and filling. The burger was big, possibly double the size of a Big Mac, with a grass-fed wagyu beef patty, double cheese, salad, pickle, relish, and aioli. It also came with thick cut chips to ensure you don’t leave the place hungry.
The salad menu looked equally as appetising including the roast mushroom salad (halloumi, basil pesto, rocket, balsamic reduction), the caesar salad (baby cos, crisp pancetta, garlic croutons, parmigiana reggiano, soft poached egg), and the sesame seared tuna. This one was a highlight with butter beans, mixed leaves, heirloom tomato, and mustard vinaigrette. Delectable.
There are also options to share including warm marinated olives with parmesan puff, flash fried calamari, korean fried chicken wings, the antipasto plate, thick cut chips, and sweet potato wedges. The menu doesn’t overload you with too many options making it an easy no-fuss feast.
Sydney’s most spectactular festival of light, music and ideas (Vivid Festival) happens right on Quay Bar’s doorstep every winter and will be the perfect time to journey on down for a bite and a drink before checking out all the festivities. Open from 7:30am to late daily, 9:00am to midnight on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
Ground Floor, Customs House
31 Alfred Street, Sydney