Lowenbrau, The Rocks

German pub at The Rocks.  It’s been there forever.  It gets the tourist trade as well as lots of locals.  Good simple food and good beer.  Maybe not as good as the Belgian Beer Cafe up the road but they have vouchers in the Entertainment Book – 1 main free if you buy another main.  How good is that.  You pay so much for The Entertainment Book.  There are hundreds of vouchers ranging from fast food to top rated restaurants to car hire.  Groups can combine up to 3 cards to get a discount for everyone.  Before the voucher sites on the internet, this was it.

The pork knuckle is also a favourite.

Belmondo, The Rocks

We accidentally found Belmondo. We were looking for dinner at The Rocks during Vivid. Everywhere was too packed and I remembered walking past this bar sometime ago, up some steep stairs behind Argyle St somewhere. And it happened to be Belmondo. Dinner was good, quiet and intimate. They also have a $35 3 course lunch on Friday. So we came back the next week after sneaking out for lunch from work early and somehow managed a longish lunch. Just as well work was a little quiet this time of the year. I was expecting a decent business crowd. Either because it is winter or every businesses are having it tough. We had about 4 tables around us during the 2 hour interlude. The service was impeccable. The sun was out on the odd day this month and lunch was simply delicious.

Bombay Royale

A band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously and they play Bollywood – the Bombay Royale. They feel like a band out of a Tarantino movie.

They are so much more fun and energetic live.

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The west side of Sydney used to ba a container wharf for the city. The ships and wharves left sometime ago and the land has been left vacant for a number of years now. It has been a spare cruiser terminal for tourist cruise ships. The big international cruisers get to dock at Circular Quay. The smaller local boats stop here on a regular basis.

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Shiki, The Rocks

Lots of friends have been raving about this for a number of years.  One of them travels regularly to Tokyo for work.  So it must be good.  For all sorts of reasons, it took us this long to check it out.  Maybe because it is in the touristy The Rocks area.  Or maybe we normally duck around the corner for a cheaper and more casual Japanese place (Nakishima – we are suckers for the before 7pm arrival because you get a complimentary sake).

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