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Bowery Lane

8.5/10
845
1 O'Connell St, 2000 Sydney (NSW)See map

Average price $45

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  • Average price $45
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  • American express Welcome
Roast pumpkin salad
$24
Beer battered fish
$27
Saffron spaghetti
$27
Peas, broccolini, chilli, lemon and garlic oil, walnut pangrattato and salted ricotta
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Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous

8.5/10
based on 845 reviews
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Quality of food :8.8/10
Service :8.1/10
Setting :8.3/10
  1. Casey A.
    Casey A.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Great restaurant for a nicer than usual lunch. Nicer than food court but not at a premium price. Always have a pleasant time and the menu is refreshed regularly.

  2. Colin Y.
    Colin Y.
    • 2 reviews
    5.5/10

    We had steak and frites. The frites were excellent, but the steak itself was too chewy and gristly. We left in a rush as one of my dining companions had a business appointment, and I did not check the bill properly. Later I detected that we were charged $28 for each steak rather than $24 (so with 3 diners an overcharge of $12). It took several phone calls to get a refund.

  3. Gigi W.
    Gigi W.
    • 22 reviews
    10/10

    great food and service! would definitely come back for another visit. Had the wagyu pie with mash and it was delicious!

  4. Douglas I.
    Douglas I.
    • 30 reviews
    7/10

    decent meal, but ambience in lobby is less good than inside the restaurant, so best to book earlier - i was last minute. Food good here, and good place.

  5. Jane R.
    Jane R.
    • 10 reviews
    9/10

    Revamped lunch menu post COVID. Great food and well presented. Feels safe without being sterile. Service was quick and friendly, good combination!

  6. Rahul B.
    Rahul B.
    • 19 reviews
    9/10

    Good breakfast venue and attentive service

  7. Sommer B.
    Sommer B.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    The food was great as always, but missed the full breakfast menu. we were a little forgotten up the back but the lady was apologetic and polite so no issue.

  8. Justin V.
    Justin V.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Great breakfast spot. Love the booths!

  9. Christine W.
    Christine W.
    • one review
    10/10

    My first visit to Bowery Lane for breakfast and I was not disappointed. The wait staff were friendly and professional. Attentive without being 'in our face'. Food was presented well and full of flavour. I will definitely return.

  10. Justin V.
    Justin V.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Excellent

  11. Alex S.
    Alex S.
    • one review
    8/10

    Really good food but a little slow service

  12. Jessica B.
    Jessica B.
    • 12 reviews
    8.5/10

    Very popular, busy and high quality cafe. Service was a little slow due to it being so busy, but good coffee and food. Pricing is standard CBD, and quality of the food and drinks is very good. Would recommend for a business brunch or coffee catch up.

  13. Marie N.
    Marie N.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    The food was delicious as always. The service was quite inattentive: we had difficulties getting the waitress's attention to order our drinks and they arrived received after our food.

  14. Charlie A.
    Charlie A.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Always a great place for a quick work lunch and great for after work dinners! I also have their bfast on the go and it's fantastic. Great service, good quality food and well priced. A fave regular!

  15. Paula S.
    Paula S.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great CBD restaurant, food is always excellent.

  16. Ryan D.
    Ryan D.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    Service is always quick and friendly, the coffee is great and food is always spot on. They have the best pancakes ever, give them a try with some bacon.

  17. Rachel M.
    Rachel M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Great restaurant but was far too loud. I don't think I will book a team lunch there again as it was to hard to hear people at the other end of the table

  18. Elliott C.
    Elliott C.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great location, awesome service. The fish wasn't as good as I remembered, perhaps it was just a different variety. Typically a really good lunch option.

  19. Michelle O.
    Michelle O.
    • 14 reviews
    6/10

    Nice for a work lunch. The tofu and kale salad bowl was delicious!

  20. Nicholas C.
    Nicholas C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent casual dining in the heart of the City with concise menu and wine list at an affordable price. Great for catching up with friends or a business lunch

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How to get to the restaurant

1 O'Connell St, 2000, Sydney (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Sydney CBD, Sydney City, The Rocks

About the restaurant

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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