Tucked under the glowing Cola-Coca sign of Kings Cross; this little gem oozes a elegance and old school glamour. Enter a room with a wall to wall windows showing off the bright city lights, fairy light trees, red lampshades, antique seating and gold animal statues. On a Saturday night, this bar is generally all booked out, so it’s better not to try your luck and phone in for a reserved seat.
We nestle in the plush cushion seats and order a cocktail each. I choose the Roslyn; a Henricks gin based cocktail mixed with cucumber, rose and apple. Despite the bartender’s perfect combination of components, I was disappointed by the lack of presentation to match.
Our stomaches begin to rumble so we happily order a dish each to share – jumping between spiced wedges with spiced aioli, chipotle squid with a mint cucumber bath, chicken breast with corn fritters and avocado melon salsa and roast pork belly with quince aioli.
The food definitely earned a thumbs up over the cocktails. My favourite was the chicken, primarily due to the wonderful combination of flavours and textures on the plate; hopping between simple chicken breast, tangy melon salsa and crunchy fritters – my palate was happily satisfied. The roast pork belly was amazingly tender and fell apart perfectly. The wedges were genuine and rustic; although, I do enjoy the traditional crunch which was sadly missing. The squid pieces were bite sized, nicely spiced and the dipping sauce was amazingly refreshing. Sadly as the night progressed, so did the lighting, meaning the worst for a food blogger – a lack of food photography.
Live music kicks off later during the night, and it’s perfect for a sing and dance, not so perfect for a catch up session where you need to shout in each other’s ears.
The Piano Room
Cnr of Kings Cross Rd & Darlinghurst Rd
Kings Cross, Sydney