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REVIEW: Harbour View Hotel Sydney

The Harbour View Hotel might seem like any other pub at first, but going up those stairs provides an immediate change in perspective....
All photos credited to Robert Spankie

Walking into the Harbour View Hotel felt like walking into a pub like any other and that was comforting. Once we climbed the stairs though and reached the rooftop, a whole new world opened up. We were looking over the beautiful Sydney Harbour right by the bridge which, to put it succinctly, was amazing.

We were terrified, it being winter, that Rob and I would freeze on the balcony, but it was actually so well heated that I needed to take my jacket off.

We were seated by our delightfully funny waiter and made our orders. To start, we got some scallops. I’m not the biggest fan of scallops but these were so damn good that we ordered another round. The second round didn’t stand a chance, we demolished them. They were so tender that they just melted in your mouth.

Next up was the main. I ordered the crab and squid linguine and I have to say that it was the best I’ve ever tried. The crab was soft and sweet, which nicely complimented the chili lime sauce. Not to mention the squid which was just as good as the crab. I was shocked by the dent I had been able to put into my food given that we had two rounds of scallops.

Rob had the angus scotch steak which he said was to die for just for the marbling alone. The chef prepared it just to his liking (medium rare) which you’d be surprised to discover seems to be a harder feat for most chefs than we might realise. It came with a side of mash that was more butter than potato, the way mash should be.

We both agreed that this was one of the best meals we’ve ever had and dessert continued that trend. We had the in-house salted caramel ice cream with raspberry shortbread and it was simply divine. The shortbread was crumbly, the raspberry featured just the right amount of tartness, and the ice cream had a slap-in-the-face flavour that tied everything together nicely.

To top it all off we had the Vivid special cocktail which was delicious whilst still being able to taste the alcohol.

The service was immaculate, our waiter even brought me a blanket just in case I got cold. Harbour View Hotel is a restaurant that every man and his dog should visit and we can’t help but heap praise on it. Go check it out as soon as you can, you won’t regret it.

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