A touch of European winter has arrived in Darlinghurst at the East Village Hotel where over 4,000 fairy lights adorn the Winter Garden themed rooftop restaurant located on the hotel’s Terrace Bar, which also offers an added bonus of magnificent views of the Sydney city lights.
Don’t let the chilly winter nights deter you from dining at this unique venue as diners can wrap themselves in snowflake printed blankets while basking under the warm glow of the lanterns and heaters, as they sip Martel cognac hot toddies, warm mead and mulled wine.
On our recent visit, Yolanda immediately made us feel welcome and was so helpful offering suggestions as we read the menu. I’m certainly glad I followed her recommendation when choosing from the list of eight cocktails as The Queen Bee, a delicious mix of vodka, vermouth, elderflower liqueur and honey, proved to be a winner.
To begin, from the Grazing menu we shared the Spanner Crab Roll, a brioche style bun crammed full of crab meat which made me want to order seconds, plus the Crisp Free Range Pork Belly, cut into bite size pieces. A good start as we could not go wrong with these selections.
For mains we chose from the Pub Classics menu. The Chicken Parma, served with salsa and melted cheese was hard to go past as was the Porterhouse Steak, mashed potatoes and broccolini. Beer Battered Fish & Chips and Shepherds Pie were two other options that made the decision difficult.
Who can resist dessert? Not us. Even though we no longer felt hungry, we decided to share Hot Doughnuts which were so good.
The Winter Garden also serves traditional treats of Currywurst, Beef Bourguignon and a Honey Glazed Ham Board to enhance the European atmosphere.
Located at 234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, East Village Hotel, formerly known as the Tradesman’s Arms Hotel, is part of the area’s rich history when the notorious razor gangs roamed the neighbouring streets and laneways. Times change and Darlinghurst has become “gentrified” and is now home to a trendy generation of residents.
East Village Hotel has a friendly vibe and is a great place to enjoy dinner. The evening we visited the Rooftop Restaurant tables of twos, fours and sixes dined harmoniously alongside a large group of young ladies celebrating an engagement.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond