May 14, 2014


Café del Mar is a welcome addition to Sydney’s diverse dining scene. Staying true to a heritage that began in 1980 on the Isle of Ibiza, this Spanish inspired restaurant is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch or an elegant dinner. Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Chef, Miguel Maestre, brings the Spanish flavour to life.

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Located on the Rooftop Terrace at Cockle Bay Wharf, Café del Mar’s idyllic position provides diners with sweeping views over Darling Harbour.

The large outdoor deck running along the length of the building is perfect for drinks and snacks any time of the day, but sitting there on the comfy banquettes watching the sunset is pretty hard to beat. Why not try one of the six different Sangria Pitchers on offer.

The spacious interior allows for tables to be placed with room to spare, so conversations are not overheard. There is also a lounge bar area and a private dining room for groups. The open kitchen down one side gives diners the opportunity to watch the chefs in action, pure theatre.

The day we visited for lunch, I was impressed with the large list of cocktails and the extensive wine list, but I was happy to find a good selection of wines available by the glass.

For entrée we shared the chilli salt & pepper squid, black ink and finger lime aioli plus the flash fried dusted baby prawns with jalapeno mayonnaise. Both were delicious, but my favourite was the squid.

Angus Rib Eye

Angus Rib Eye

My main course of suckling pig, cavolo nero and Pedro Ximenez jus did not disappoint and the portion size was very generous. My companion chose the dry aged pasture fed Angus rib eye with caramelised eschallots and Béarnaise sauce. Sides of steamed broccolini and roast garlic mash were ordered as extras.

We found the food, service and the ambience made for an excellent combination and we both said we would definitely be back.

A special Corporate Lunch Menu offering a choice of three entrees and mains was also available.

Café del Mar is also a great place for functions. OpenMonday to Saturday noon to midnight and on Sunday noon until 10 pm.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond