I know I say this a lot but Pinbone could be my new favourite brunch place. I’ve visited about half a dozen times now and twice for dinner and the food is for real.
Located across the road from probably the nicest police station I’ve ever seen, (apparently even if you kill someone in Woollahra you don’t have to slum it) Pinbone is serving up whatever the fuck they want and I mean that in the best possible way.
The brunch menu is a little more traditional I guess but the dinner menu has the most interesting flavour combinations I’ve tasted in Sydney since Cafe Paci.
The fit-out makes you feel like you’re enjoying a meal at a friend’s house, the kind of friend who has more money, much better taste, and makes your place look something like this.
You can’t go past the juice of the day to start, today it was watermelon & mint, they’ll even add vodka too it for a few more bucks.
Obligatory coffee shot.
There are a few (only a few) things I know about in this world and club sandwiches are one of them. I’ve enjoyed club sandwiches all over the planet, from a cafe in Athens while witnessing a bike-rider be thrown from his seat by a pack of wild street dogs to the plush surrounds of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong drinking Fiji Water out of a crystal tumbler, so I speak with some authority.
This incarnation at Pinbone is up there with the best of them (I can’t think of a better one right now). Served on a damper style turkish roll, it’s the perfect combination of grilled chicken, crispy bacon, tomato, lettuce and sauce.
Who doesn’t like a croque madame? To be honest I don’t even know why they have the croque monsieur on the menu, here’s a little life lesson – if you get the option of adding an egg to anything, you take it. This is served on some kind of artisan bread I’m sure, probably baked by P.H.D qualified virgins in a heritage listed factory in Surry Hills using an oven flown over from an Italian monastery.
Sautéed mushrooms instead of fries today make me feel less guilty.
Soft bun, smoked cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo with smokey bbq sauce – this fried chicken burger which is not on the regular menu but has made an appearance the last two weekends I visited is everything you want it to be and more.
Fregola, which is a small type of pasta shaped like rice (who knew?) is mixed with fresh creamed corn and topped with a poached egg.
Genius. Loved this.
They have a number of tarts and muffins available, the raspberry and custard tart is served warm on some crazy good short pastry.
Lets face it, you could put dulce de leche on cat food and I’m going to ask for another serve so this tart is obviously the goods. Slightly edging out the raspberry & custard this one is the go to tart on your first visit.
Brunch is only available on Sunday 😦 but it’s the dinner that is really something special so stay tuned for a review soon, in the mean time here is a little sample of one of their desserts. It consists of banana ice cream, black sticky rice, waffle pieces and a bunch of other things you want in a dessert.
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