NileGuide Expert Says:
Snack on sausage rolls (yes, that great Australian staple) but not like you've ever tasted. These are made with wagyu beef, and come wrapped in potato with house-made mustard.
6 Burlington St
2065 Sydney, Australia
North Sydney, Chatswood & the Lower North Shore
tel: 9439 7888
Lunch, Mon-Fri, from 12 noon
Dinner, Mon-Sat, from 6pm
Once a rare gem in the mostly Asian dominated dining domain of Crows Nest, the Burlington has gathered even more kudos with a designated drinks area. Come for classic a la Carte in the main bistro as before, or kick back in the new casual bar space, with its luxurious creamy leather bench seating and earthy teak floors: it's the best of both worlds.
Upfront in the bar, snack on sausage rolls (yes, that great Australian staple) but not like you've ever tasted. These are made with wagyu beef, and come wrapped in potato with house-made mustard. Or be tempted by chorizo and manchego croquettes, their subtle Spanish cheesiness perfectly offset by the Burlington's famous (and extensive) wine list, with more than a nod to European vintners. Unique about the Burlington is that you can order many of the wines in up to four sizes: by the glass, 250ml, half and full bottle.
As for the main menu, chef John Rankin has retained the signature dish - 400gm dry aged rib eye on the bone, served with hand cut chips, red wine jus and béarnaise. Perfectly marbled and gamey in flavor, you'd be hard pressed to eat better meat in this city. And that's saying something in a town with such a proud history of carnivorous dining. The hand made pappardelle with char grilled vegetables, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto doesn't disappoint either.
The Burlington in Crows Nest is not on the usual tourist radar, even though it's just 15 minutes up the Pacific Highway from the harbor bridge. It has to regularly appeal to a fussy and educated local crowd to stay in the game. That's why any visitor going slightly out of their way will be well rewarded.
Photo courtesy of The Burlington Bar and Dining