Entering into one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Australia, Rockpool Bar & Grill sure does transform a typical lunch hour into something from another world or era. Today I met up with a friend who worked in the building, and we decided to visit the bar section to try the David Blackmore's Wagyu burger. We got there just after 1pm so the bar was full already, but they promptly seated us down within a few minutes.
The bar section
We decided to split the burger so we can try the pumpkin and bean empanadas ($10 for 4) - they were surprisingly really good! Crispy on the outside with a slight chewy texture in the pastry, and filled generously with plenty of pumpkin and whole beans.
David Blackmore's Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger with Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle ($24) - the waitress kindly offered to cut the burger in half for us when we said we were sharing, and it was a good thing she did as otherwise I may have "accidentally" eaten the whole thing! Although we specified medium rare, and it was probably more medium leaning towards well-done, the burger was reaaaaally tasty. I especially liked the zuni pickle - weird right? to be commenting on the pickles rather than the burger... but the zuni pickles were sooo good, especially with it's sweetness cutting through the fat slab of meat patty and melted cheese, sandwiched between two soft buns.
Lunch came to less than $20 each, and we were both comfortably full, so definitely coming back to explore more of the menu - thinking about trying the grass fed burger to see whether there is a any substantial taste difference between the wagyu and grass fed beef patties when all the remaining toppings are the same :)
Rockpool Bar & Grill
66 Hunter St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 8078 1900
Open Mon-Fri for lunch, and Mon-Sat for dinner