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Vicinity Dining

90 Bourke Road
Alexandria NSW 2015
Tel : +61 2 9002 1333
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Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Alexandria is officially embracing the latte lifestyle. Located just across the road from the ever-popular Grounds of Alexandria, Vicinity is the work of restaurateur Rob Rubis, who also owns Manta and La Grillade. A casual $2.5 million was spent on the restaurant, with Head Chef Paul Pereira, who has worked at Britain’s Lindsay House, Neutral Bay’s Finefish and Darlinghurst’s Forbes and Burton, behind the pots and pans.

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In Sydney’s Inner South, 15-minute cab ride from the CBD.

Vicinity offers a dining and bar experience to suit you any time of the day; coffee in the morning, a glass of wine or cocktails at dusk, bar menu, casual dining on the outdoor terrace or a sophisticated lunch or dinner. Or how about brunch on the weekends? This space is the epitome of industrial style, and chic comfort. The menu and daily specials are eclectic, offering choices to suit intimate dining, sharing or group functions. V Sushi Bar is the latest addition to the venue, with rolls such as crumbed prawn and avocado, and seared salmon nigiri.

Alexandria is an unlikely place to find a rocking restaurant, let alone cooking of this calibre. The mastermind of restaurateur Rob Rubis, Vicinity boasts a theatrical, glamorous, Soho-meets-Sydney warehouse design with soaring ceilings, dramatic room dividers and low slung metal lights. Despite its aesthetic, Vicinity has the snugly comfortable feel of a local favourite. But it’s not just a restaurant – this 250-seater is also home to a private dining room, an outdoor area with intimate fireplaces where guests can mingle over a pre-dinner cocktail and a casual lounge area apt for long weekend brunches. Tick, tick, tick.

But you can spend all the money in the world ($2.5 million, to be exact) on a fitout and if the food falls wayside, you haven’t got a chance. Thankfully the kitchen is in the confident hands of Head Chef Paul Pereira who has wooed foodies across the globe at establishments such as Lindsay House in London, Finefish in Cremorne and most recently, Forbes and Burton in Darlinghurst. There's clearly a formula to Pereira's style and it revolves around cooking on the spit or grilling over wood. Tonight the ‘kindle, coal and fire’ specials include sirloin and barramundi. We opt for both. The sirloin is coupled with potato fondant, carrot puree and drizzed with bone marrow butter while the crisp skin barramundi is paired with black olive puree, chorizo cubes and mayonnaise. Pereira’s combinations are spot on and both proteins are cooked to perfection. The chips come highly recommended, served with a range of salts and mayonnaise – none of which are really needed and a side of crunchy cauliflower bulbs topped with tempered mustard seeds, curry leaf and green chilli will convert any hater of the usually-bland white vegetable. The ticks continue. We also like that they aim to keep things mostly local, with wines (which can be served in 500ml carafes) from Mudgee, Marlborough, Orange and Yarra Valley and coffee from Morgans in Emu Plains.

Sydney’s Inner South has never really been a dining destination. That was until The Grounds of Alexandria and Bread and Circus– now Vicinity has hit the scene, all I can say is watch out 2010.

Anna Lisle

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Vicinity Dining - User Reviews

Garnet Johns:

Excellent food, currently at this restaurant. The experience was very good until the last 30 minutes when the waiting staff have been sent home. Since then there is no service unless you approach the floor manager and complain that you are ignored. No excuse except "sorry its my fault" Poor finish to an otherwise well run restaurantreview  29/11/2012

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Strange Kitchen Hours:

We were meeting some friends for brunch on Saturday and arrived at 11am. Unfortunately for those in our party who had already had breakfast, the breakfast menu on Saturdays runs until 11:45 (very late in my opinion) and the staff refused to allow us to order anything off the lunch menu until 12pm. The kitchen was apparently quite strict about this and the waiter refused to even try ordering for us. We sat and drank water while our friends ordered their breakfast and did not stick around to order lunch as we were a bit turned off by the unwillingness of the kitchen (and wait-staff) to even serve us simple lunch fare. I don't believe I will be  27/11/2012

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Steve F:

Great atmosphere considering it location, food was good maybe a little on the up cost side. Staff friendly, however it was busy on Sunday and it seemed to have caught the staff offside. Should improve and I hope it makes it and does not fall foul of the Beaconsfield  16/10/2012

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St Peters local:

Food was average. Staff were very nice, although just had no idea what they were doing. There were more than enough staff but it took them 15 mins to bring out my bottled juice, they never made eye contact, every-time we needed someone they would just walk past and not realize. Someone has just finished eating and was leaving, when they were stopped by another staff asking if they would like a table. Not a well organized team but a great venue and  13/10/2012

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Loved the restaurant but really wasn't good for young families even though there were at least 7 + families there when we went. The area is full of young families but the waitress told me that it wasn't targeted at them which is a real shame. It was really awkward keeping our 17 month old on a bench seat outside while we ate on our laps, a highchair would have been great but I guess they don't want young families so didn't have them. I will however say the food was very yummy but I don't know if we will be going back with our little guy which is a shame because we live 500 metres  09/10/2012

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chi chi:

Unbelievable atmosphere. My 12 year old daughter loved it. Very friendly and the food was outstanding, service very professional and pleasantly friendly. Surroundings are soooo deceptive you think your in another place (paradise) Great work to all well donereview  09/10/2012

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Waterloo local:

Went for breaky on Saturday. The place is very cool and the french toast was  08/10/2012

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Very impressive. I think it was the restaurant's first Saturday night and it was busy, pleasantly smelling of wood smoke and playing chilled out music. We decided not to wait for a table and sat at a communal bench which was spacious and we were not crowded to the next diners. The food was delicious. We decided on a shared dish of flounder that was cooked perfectly with butter, garlic, lemon and herbs, fennel, mussels and clams. Atmospheric low lighting is tempered with high ceilings, and an open front give the space a very airy spacious feel. Lets hope they keep up the quality and service! Highly recommended, we will be going  06/10/2012

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