Friday, September 12, 2014

Bowery Lane, Sydney CBD

I've always wanted to experience that Empire State of Mind. To be in the streets of New York that can make one feel brand new with lights that will inspire you. Until then, I have Bowery Lane on O'Connell Street in Sydney to go to for an NYC style dining experience.

The new Bowery Lane is a cafe/bar restaurant situated in the heart of the Sydney CBD. It's a culinary sanctuary in the midst of a corporate jungle. The interior has a modern chic meets Wall Street dining look. The restaurant is named after a thoroughfare in Manhattan Island. Their dishes are inspired and reflective of the various ethnic groups that resides in New York like Italians, South Americans, Jewish, Koreans, Jamaicans, Africans etc.  American classics with modern twists are also available.
Piccolo latte
 For coffee, I ordered a piccolo latte ($4). They use Single O's Reservoir blend for their coffee. It's one of my favourite blends due to its vibrant acidity and fruity notes. The blend's fruity notes pierced through the textured milk nicely.
Steamed Moroccan eggs with sourdough toast

They open from breakfast so you can get dishes like their steamed Moroccan eggs ($16). It had tomato chutney, spinach, and dukkah with sides of toasted sourdough bread. The yolk was lusciously runny, which was perfect for toasted bread dunking!
Reese's peanut buttercup milkshake

Cookies and cream milkshake
Aside from coffee and cocktails, you can also order milkshakes from lunchtime onwards! I tried their cookies and cream milkshake ($8), which was contained in a rockin' classic tall milk bottle. The milkshake wasn't heavy and not overly sweet either. I would totally order this again!
Lamb ribs
The lamb ribs ($14) were so succulent and tender. So tender that meat easily fell off the bones! It was drizzled with chimmichuri that was less garlicky but rather stronger in spices which also worked well with lamb.  A squeeze of lemon cuts through the richness of the lamb and chimmi.

The fries

The cheeseburger
I love cheeseburger and so I tried their New York cheeseburger with fries ($18 for lunch, $20 for dinner). I prefer not to have lettuce in a cheeseburger but I didn't mind it on this one because the cheeseburger was too damn delicious! The juicy wagyu beef patty was cooked medium well with a nice caramelised surface area. The melted Monterey jack cheese, tomato, bois bourdan, sharp mustard and the sweetness from the caramelised onions worked in perfect harmony. The lightly toasted brioche bun was soft and buttery. The cheeseburger was also a generous serving. The shoestring fries were cooked to perfection and nicely seasoned.
Ice cream sandwich
The ice cream sandwich ($13) made up of chocolate ice cream in between gingerbread with hot chocolate poached pear and candied pecan was decadently superb! The gingerbread went well with the chocolate ice cream. The sweet and soft pear balanced out the luscious dark chocolate coating. I loved the candied pecans and how it gave a nice contrast in texture and flavour to the rest of the other components.

For lunch and dinner, they also have dishes for sharing like pork collar & scratching's with apple & fennel salad ($48) and 1KG of braised wagyu braised short rib with horseradish cream & roasted garlic ($58). Bowery Lane is now one of my favourite food joints in the CBD. The service is tops and the food rocks!

Not long after my last visit, I returned to Bowery Lane with the awesome Chocolatesuze (This time, we attended as guests of Bowery Lane via Wasamedia) to try more dishes:
Strawberry shortcake - vanilla bean ice cream, macerated berries
1kg Wagyu beef short rib - with horseradish cream 
Amongst the new things I tried was an epic 1kg wagyu beef short rib ($58). It's massive and meant to be shared with someone else. It was so tender that little effort with a spoon and fork was needed to pull the meat apart. It was one of the juiciest and most flavoursome meats I've had in my life. The caramelisation on the fat gave the meat and amazing sweet flavour. The horseradish cream had a nice sour and sharp taste that help cut through the richness of the Wagyu beef I'm pretty sure we will be MEATing this short rib again pretty soon.
Roasted pumpkin with balsamic crisp oregano and parmesan
We thought that the roasted pumpkin with balsamic crisp oregano and parmesan ($9) was a perfect side to the wagyu short rib. The pumpkin had a nice crust and was soft and creamy inside. The sharp peppery and thyme like flavours of the oregano complimented the pumpkin well. The parmesan cheese gave the whole dish a nutty factor.

Bowery Lane
1 O'Connell St,
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9252 8017

Opening hours:
Mon-Wed: 7am - 10pm
Thur-Fri: 7am – Late
Sat: 5pm - Late
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  1. I bet you'd be awesome at karaoke ;) Cheeseburger does look darn good...!

  2. i like the look of those steamed Moroccan eggs. haven't seen a dish like that at many cafes before.

  3. That cheeseburger looks tasty, and are Moroccan steamed eggs the new baked eggs? lol

  4. Oh man what a beautiful looking space! I already know I'm ordering those milkshakes and icecream sandwich when I go there teehee.

  5. oooh those steamed eggs looks yolkalicious!

  6. Bro, I can't wait until the day you actually hit up NYC and have Shake Shack for the first time. It's going to be the stuff of legend.

  7. Oh yum, those lamb ribs and that cheeseburger… They look beautiful! I've only recently "discovered" Chimichuri and love this seasoning (because it's really really garlicky! hehe)

  8. Nice find - that cheeseburger looks amazing!

  9. ooh digging this place! and close to work :) shall we do a Friday lunch here one day?

  10. the cookies and cream milkshake please!! :D
    I did wonder, cheeseburger with lettuce? but after reading how it all compliments well, I'll also excuse the lettuce in it! XD

  11. Those burgers are so delicious, I would love to try here :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. I've heard some great things about Bowery Lane. Definitely want to check this place out. Those lamb ribs and that burger looks amazing!

  13. this place looks great, im interested in the steamed eggs!

  14. I must try Bowery Lane! Those burgers look amazing, my mouth is slightly salivating as I write this!

  15. Damn that burger.. Looks so damn fine

  16. The food looks good, especially the beef ribs!


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