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Bowery Lane

Average price $45
8.4/10
775 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Very good
8.4/10
based on 775 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.5/10
Service :8.4/10
Setting :8.3/10
  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Michelle O.
    Michelle O.
    • 11 reviews
    6/10

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

  4. 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

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 294 reviews
    7.25/10

    Beautiful location, but think the food could be a little better (steak was overcooked)

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 275 reviews
    9/10

    They need to have sugar for tea drinkers on the table. The sugar on the tables is great for coffee but doesn't taste very good in tea.

  7. Jane R.
    Jane R.
    • 8 reviews
    9.5/10

    Really good food, service and nice tea. My only comment is that there should be sugar for tea drinkers. The sugar on the table is for coffee and does not taste good in tea.

  8. Ben K.
    Ben K.
    • 6 reviews
    9/10

    Very tasty food. Great value for a inner city spot.

  9. Matthew S.
    Matthew S.
    • one review
    8/10

    well priced compared to places nearby, easy to get a table, great food although the reuben was a little dry

  10. Donny J.
    Donny J.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Great go-to for lunch in the city, really nice and good meals.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    10/10

    We had a really lovely work lunch here with delicious food and great service. Keep up the awesome work!

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews
    3.25/10

    This place used to be THE place to go for a business breakfast. Great food, buzz and service. Now it is just a sad, empty shell. $12 for overcooked poached eggs (to the point of hard boiled) is ridiculous and not hard to get right. The place used to be heaving in the morning. Now I understand why everyone goes up the road to District Brasserie.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 245 reviews
    8.5/10

    Excellent food, great service, convenient location. I highly recommend Bowery Lane.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    8.75/10

    Great little local gem

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews
    7.5/10

    Food was great, service was a bit slow but it was a particularly busy, rainy day.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 292 reviews
    8/10

    Good food in the cbd !

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews
    9.5/10

    Food was delicious!

  18. Christina Y.
    Christina Y.
    • 5 reviews
    8/10

    Food was fresh, tasty and well presented

  19. Maryam F.
    Maryam F.
    • 3 reviews
    8.5/10

    My dish wasn't the best , I've been there before and the food has been good. this time the flavours didn't seem to go together. I had roast pumpkin with coconut yogurt.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 271 reviews
    8.5/10

    Ordered the fish burger which was a little bland. Must have been an off day for the chef as the food is usually perfect here

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How to get to the restaurant

1 O'Connell St, 2000, Sydney, Australia

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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