THE BRIDGE ROOM
Sydney, New South Wales

2017 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - Three Chef Hats
The European-inspired menu at The Bridge Room is cushioned somewhere between fine dining and bistro, and served in a beautifully renovated art deco building just behind Circular Quay. The calming elegance of the restaurant's decor is also transfused in its dishes; expect food lovingly draped across your plate and decorated with thoughtful details.
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General info

Address:

44 Bridge Street
Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Suburb:

Sydney CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

Every restaurant should be just like The Bridge Room. It's a big call, I realise this. So big that you probably think I'm joking. But I'm not. At all.

When I sat down to write this review – there wasn't a bad thing to say. I couldn't even find a snooty waiter on the floor to bring these guys back down to earth. And trust me, when I go to a restaurant that has only had good reviews (even from Terry Durack), I'm desperately searching for the flaws.

So let me share with you all the things that make this my rock-star of restaurants. Let's start with the restaurant's design. My dining partner described The Bridge Room as exuding "Scandinavian-chic" – and after chatting to Ross, it appears my friend has an eye for detail. Design-brand, Funkis, has been, in fact, asked to develop a line based on Ross's designs. The interior is minimalistic with a pale-oak theme with the only lashings of colour coming from the huge cactus-type plants lining the restaurant and the retro-coloured water glasses. And yet, despite the simplicity, it was not sterile at all. Just warm and friendly.

Bubbly waiters bounced around the restaurant, eager to please the tables full of men in suits. On what I thought would be a quiet Tuesday, the restaurant was full to the brim, with a youthful energy that is hard to avoid. I looked around, trying to work out where this liveliness was stemming from. On several occasions through our meal, I looked up to see Ross, smiling over the restaurant, from the open-kitchen at the back. The decor adds something but it is the people inside it that make the most impact. Some places just have a little bit of "oomph".

But, to the food. This is when The Bridge Room went from John Farnham prominence to The Beatles stardom. An entree from the specials menu set the standard for the meal. Six sizeable prawns arrived in a cast-iron hot pot. The garlicky oil base of the dish highlighted the sharp flavours of the crunchy fennel salad. Topped with crisp basil leaves and scattered with fresh dill, it was the perfect harmony of Modern Australian and Asian flavours.

If ocean trout is ever on the menu – I have to order it. Call me boring but no other dish will ever compete. There is something about the richness of the ocean trout that just brings its sister-fish, salmon, to shame. And Ross' ocean trout did not disappoint. Placed on top of the crisp skin was a diced mussel salad, that, combined with the tomato and cumin thick broth-type base, worked like magic. The Mediterranean flavours of the grilled capsicum and tomato base cut through the richness of the fish. Then, there was the crunch from the skin, the smoothness from the tomato base, the graininess from the mussel salad and the creaminess from the fish flesh. I experienced every type of texture in that one dish. I wish I could elaborate on every dish we experienced but it is all gush, gush, gush. In fact, I could gush all day long about The Bridge Room.
Anna Lisle

Specials & Events

Christmas Functions @ The Bridge Room
Dates Thu 25 Oct to Mon 24 Dec
Location Sydney CBD, New South Wales
Category Christmas Dining
Description The Bridge Room delivers personal and attentive service, with the flexibility to tailor an experience for your needs. Restaurant exclusive use is ...

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
66 pax
Private Functions
The Bridge Room is a beautiful space to hold a private social function or corporate gathering, accommodating up to 66 seated guests. The venue can be hired exclusively or partially, and the restaurant has a specific booking policy of eight guests or more. A reservation form is available on the website, and must be completed prior to booking. The Nordic-chic restaurant aesthetic with its solid oak tables, open kitchen and iconic deer chairs, creates a sophisticated ambience that is perfect for any special occasion.

Features

Award Winning / Hatted
Historic Building
Suitable for Pre Theatre
AWARDS
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
Three Chef Hats
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
Ross Lusted nominated for CHEF OF THE YEAR 2016
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
Three Chef Hats
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - 2016
3 stars and #8 in Top 100 Restaurants in Australia

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Jackie McMillan on 26/09/2014
If I get a night off, and I want to splurge, you'll find me slipping into Ross Lusted's restaurant, The Bridge Room, in the CBD. From the moment you slide into a stylish but comfortable Autoban chair in this relaxed-looking dining room, it's evident you're in for a seamless experience, and without the stuffy white tablecloths you find at other fine diners. My go-to dish is his Moreton Bay bugs with sweet grilled endive, tamarind and roasted chilli paste.
John McFadden on 24/09/2014
Great setting with slick service. Go to dish, sake cured John Dory, Otway Forest shiitake, miso Japanese salad, daikon, shaved kombu
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