For the longest time I can remember, my family had our regular roast dinner on a Sunday night. This was a time for the family to gather, discuss our life and what was happening in our own world and share the meal together. Complete with all the trimmings, Mum and dad would roast a piece of beef, lamb or chicken, add in some fried potatoes and a top it off with a few bowls of veg. Growing up, and moving away from home, I’ve certainly missed this.
Roast is super popular with more people than me, and so popular is the concept of a roast we hear it’s the second most favoured meal after Christmas lunch. Whatever the culture, food is a way to bring friends and family together.
We’ve now found a place in Sydney offering the traditional Sunday roast, at Macleay St Bistro in Potts Point. We’ve been to Macleay Street Bistro before and absolutely loved it. It is a Sydney dining institution which has served up classic French Cuisine for over 35 years. We’re super happy they’ve brought back the traditional Sunday roast at lunch and dinner each Sunday as well, which can take you back to that feeling you had growing up, with your family here minus the hard cooking and dishes.
To make things even better, they are offering no corkage fee on your BYO (which is usually $14 per bottle). You can come, have a glass or two of wine, dine in this beautiful restaurant and enjoy some amazing food. We had the Bourgogne Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2016 white wine with our meal.
Their Sunday roast costs $38 per person for a minimum of two diners and comes with a roast chicken breast, baked pumpkin, roasted eschallots, carrots and potatoes. When delivered to the table, we were excited for it looked amazing, and a super generous serving too. We served this up between us and we were so impressed by everything. The chicken was brined which made it incredibly succulent and it was amazingly prepared with a crisp skin and the roasted vegetables were the perfect accompiament. Also served with a Paris mash, which as to be expected at a French restaurant, it was super high quality, beautifully silky and creamy. You can also add a recommended accompaniment, which is a pot of eschallot, mushroom and thyme infused cream sauce for $4.
Given we were dining as a group, we also shared some of their ala carte menu options. We recommend beginning with a few lighter options like the lovely Sydney Rock Oysters, natural, with lemon and mignonette.
We really enjoyed the beautifully prepared salmon tartare with lime caviar and dill essence with cherrywood smoke. As it is served to your table, the lid is lifted off the dish and the smoke evades the plate and you get a good aroma from the smoke. The meal has been prepared with fresh raw salmon diced with precision.
The French onion souffle is not to be missed, it is hands down the best we’ve ever had in Sydney. The twice baked French onion souffle comes presented with lashings of cheese and a side of bread to mop it up. We guarantee there will be none left if you order this!
You must also order the Cote d’Azure Fish pie with pomme puree. A lovely fish pie, full of diced pieces of fish, vegetables and an flavourful sauce. The pot is topped with a crispy golden brown pastry.
Their beetroot and goats cheese salad was light and crisp, and paired well with the ala carte dishes we ordered.
Grab yourself a French Martini too – we always order one of these; delectable sweetness of Chambord, pineapple juice and vodka, served with a pineapple wedge.
The service at this venue is impeccable. Probably the best we’ve experienced in Sydney. Each time we return, no matter the waiter, they are outstanding, proven time and time again. Clearly testament to the hiring and training process and great quality staff. In this instance Our waiter Paudi was very personable, knowledgeable and extremely professional and made this dining experience outstanding.
We can thoroughly recommend Macleay St Bistro to celebrate your own memories over a traditional family Sunday roast in Sydney. What a better way to do it with no corkage fee either. Bon Appeit!
Macleay Street Bistro
Phone: 02 9358 4891
Address: 73A Macleay St, Potts Point NSW
Thankyou to Ompty Media for the invitation to dine and to the staff at Macleay st Bistro for their hospitality.