65 Ocean St Woollahra, NSW 2025

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Opening hours Mon-Thurs 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm,Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm,Sun 12pm-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Features Accepts bookings, Bar, Green-eco focus, Groups, Licensed, Outdoor seating, Romance-first date, Vegetarian friendly, Views, Private dining, Wheelchair access
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Matt Moran, Thomas Haynes
Seats 120
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 8388 8688

In the leafy, grassy oasis of Woollahra's Chiswick Gardens lies a long, low pavilion, once the iconic address for weddings-christenings-bar mitzvahs. These days it's all about easy, appealing food, tight-rowed tables, warm yellow lamp light, outdoor nooks and bar stools, and a gleaming open kitchen complete with wood fire. Garden notes frolic across the menu, whether in teensy herb garnishes, a peppery parsley vinaigrette or a garden salad that's truly worthy of the name, squeaking with just-picked greenness. Flavour is here by the spade-load - in translucently delicate duck ravioli or crunchy brandade balls with a feisty tomato sauce. Ten-hour Moran family lamb flops off the bone, whole chooks glisten, fabulous steak shows off its wood-fired crust, while a perfect pork chop sits snugly with seeded mustard, roasted apple and vinegary celeriac straws. Only awkward (yet willing) service takes the edge off. Oh, and a fridge-y blueberry bombe Alaska.