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BOWERY LANE

New York and Sydney may be almost 10,000 miles apart, but when it comes to capturing that iconic American panache so many of us know and love, recently opened Bowery Lane aims to prove distance is relative with the right ingredients. Hidden away under the towering office block at no.1 O'Connell and accessible via a second street-facing entrance, the cafe restaurant combines fashion with farm, taking its inspiration from the once-agricultural-then-high-society suburb of early 1800s Manhattan. The former is evident in the warehouse-style ceilings, gorgeous high booths, exposed bulb lighting above large communal tables and soft black leather banquets juxtaposed with crisp, white tiles and hessian curtains. The latter, as you can imagine, via the menu. With an emphasis on locally sourced produce, cocktails and a comprehensive spirits list to sate its predicted majority banker/lawyer clientele, said menu has already had a little journey of its own. Initially linked to chef Jeff Turnbull (High St Bistro), it received its first write up via Braden White (Rickys, Noosa). However, according to general manager Nick Bayss, ex O Bar and Dining, Richard Duff now heads up the open kitchen, visible via a gangway linking the main restaurant to a hotplate takeaway section for busy business folk on the go. Already packed out come 1pm, the dining room is designed for breakfast, lunch and (by early September) dinner too. Again according to Bayss, the main attractions here are the slow-cooked lamb ($55), barbecue organic chicken ($48) and pork collar ($46) share dishes, which, with a couple of sides, will happily feed three or four people and only set you back about $30 a head. Just two on our visit, however, we decided to pick through the menu, beginning with warm Mt Zero olives ($7), manchego croquettes and chargrilled lamb ribs (both $14). The smoked chilli aioli with the croquettes packed a perfectly balanced fiery punch, while the tender, award-winning Milly Hill meat fell off the bone with the help of some seriously vibrant chimmichurri. One of our accompanying cocktails, sadly, was not as impressive. While the New York Sour ($15) was nice and subtle with a firm Bulleit Rye whiskey presence, the Cosmopolitan City ($16) was too sweet. That being said, there are eight more on the menu we didn’t try. Next came the house smoked hickory salmon ($17), served with thinly sliced toasted rye bread, puffed wild rice and bottarga salad (cured fish roe). Fresh, thick and meaty, the salmon comes in three fat chunks and makes an ideal sized entree for the giant pork cotoletta (aka schnitty, $27) that followed with slaw and garlic aioli. If you like your condiments, you’ll enjoy the aioli, but hats off to these guys here: this deep-fried cutlet was so juicy all we needed was a squeeze of lemon, plus the apple and pea slaw — genius. Throughout we sipped on the fabulously deep and weighty South Australian Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon ($57 per bottle), one of the 50 or so local and US wines on offer. But to put it simply, whether you’re after a long boozy lunch like us, or something smaller, Bowery Lane will impress. If the intention here was to prove Sydney can add its own stamp to the service and selection that makes New York such a world renowned destination: mission accomplished.

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Total Dimmi Score

8.4
3113 reviews
Recommended
(8.8)
Food
(8.4)
Service
(8.5)
Value for money
(7.8)
Atmosphere
(8.3)
Karen

dined on Tue, 5 Jun 2018

(9)
Bowery Lane is my go-to lunch venue with friends and work colleagues. The food is terrific, and the service is fast.
Melissa

dined on Tue, 29 May 2018

(10)
Never lets me down.
Claire

dined on Wed, 23 May 2018

(9)
The duck risotto was fantastic!
Naomi

dined on Wed, 23 May 2018

(10)
Beautiful food and helpful staff.
Samantha

dined on Sun, 13 May 2018

(10)
We took our Mum here for Mother's Day Brunch and it was beautiful! Great service, friendly staff and amazing value. Food was delicious and fresh and the dessert platter was a nice touch and very yummy (especially the profiteroles). Will definitely be back.
Alison

dined on Thu, 3 May 2018

(10)
Always great food thanks
Charlotte

dined on Wed, 18 Apr 2018

(9)
I came for lunch with my coworker and we were so impressed by the dishes being served around us, we couldn’t wait to receive our own food. We ordered the Karagee chicken burger and the tuna bowl. The tuna bowl wasn’t anything special but the chicken was spectacular in the burger! I’ve also tried their takeaway lunch boxes and they are so worth it! Quick service, but does get quite full at lunch so will need to make a reso! Love this hidden gem
karen

dined on Tue, 10 Apr 2018

(7)
Good venue for breakfast
Kate

dined on Fri, 16 Mar 2018

(10)
Attentive (but not too over the top) service, fantastic food, and not too pricey, especially for such a great CBD location.
Rachel

dined on Fri, 16 Mar 2018

(9)
Always a fresh menu with amazing choices.
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Reviews we love

Bowery Lane is a refined rustic dining experience in the heart of the Sydney CBD and features wholesome food crafted from farm-fresh local and seasonal ingredients. And speaking of drooling, feast your eyes on this gorgeous thing. Wagyu pattie cooked to medium rare and layered with bois bourdan, monterey jack cheese, tomato, cos lettuce and caramilized onion

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