Based on the title of this post, you’d expect me to have a photo of said wagyu up top, wouldn’t you? And honestly, I totally would have but try as I might, I could not get a decent shot of the wagyu. Granted it was preeeeetty dark in Rockpool Bar & Grill, I still managed to get semi-decent shots of everything else, but when it came to the wagyu, I couldn’t stop shaking from sheer excitement and so all the photos turned out blurry.
But hey, it tasted awesome! (and I do share a photo further down in the post)…
It was our five year anniversary last Friday. Woohoo! Excuse to indulge! We had initially planned to binge on volcano rolls, but as you can see, I couldn’t wait… my bad. So instead, based on recommendations that Rockpool Bar & Grill served the best wagyu this side of everything, we went there.
starter: charcoal roast squid & pork belly
I should tell you now (and mum if you’re reading this, sit down), a 200g piece of wagyu sirloin at Rockpool sets you back a sweet $115. I shit you not, that’s almost $1 a gram. Ok not really, it’s more like $1 per 2 grams but $1 a gram sounds better. Whatever, it’s a lot. Panu and I would have loooooved to have a piece each, but given that we actually can’t afford that crazy extravagance, we agreed to play nice and share a piece, and order something else to share too.
That something else was meant to be the Wagyu burger ($24) but alas, we weren’t allowed to order from the bar menu (sad face) so instead we shared this king prawn and goats cheese tortellini which was awesome.
seared king prawns with goats cheese tortellini, burnt butter, pine nuts and raisins
And here’s the blurry photo of the steak
David Blackmore’s full blood dry ages wagyu – 200g sirloin
Was the wagyu good? Yeah sure it was good, I mean it’d better bloody well be for $115, but was it $115 good? Probably not. And as melt-in-your-mouth as it was, both Panu and I agreed it wasn’t even the best steak we’ve ever had… the best being at The House of Prime Rib in San Francisco, but that’s a little far away.
We also had a couple of recommended sides, both of which were pretty darn good. Except the mac and cheese was penne and cheese, but hey, it was still good.
charcoal over roast pumpkin & sweet potato with garlic yoghurt & burnt butter
mac and cheese
Ahhh dessert, I actually wanted three of the items on the dessert menu, but managed to stick to one and even share it. Good grief, I’m maturing. This sounded most interesting, the Ciampini, a chestnut meringue and ice cream sandwich. Turns out it’s more like a donut, because the meringue is all around the side, but still, it was surprisingly refreshing and a great way to end a great meal.
the Ciampini – chestnut meringue & ice cream sandwich
All in all, our meal at Rockpool Bar & Grill was brilliant. Every dish, including the starter which I didn’t even talk about, was flavourful and it’s totally somewhere I would recommend for a special occasion. Given that the wagyu was literally half of our bill though, I probably wouldn’t order that again but you know, I had to try it at least once 😉
Rockpool Bar & Grill
66 Hunter Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
(02) 8078 1900