“There was a genuine happy vibe at Hunter Gatherer”
The masterminds behind The Corner House and Panama House have teamed up alongside Michelin trained head chef Paul Micklewright to create the ultimate relaxed bar and eatery on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Hunter Gatherer (click here).
Get ready for a menu that is on constant rotation to reflect quality, in season produce based around local and sustainable ingredients. Being the only table service licensed venue in North Sydney, Hunter Gatherer is perfect for after work drinks, nibbles or a full-blown feast.
Positioned on the roof top terrace of the Greenwood plaza, you are welcomed by the very lax outdoor seating that flows straight into the light filled dining space inside. The décor blends the charm and warmth of a rustic farmhouse with contemporary Danish design and an abundance of pendant lighting, wooden and copper features and greenery spilling out onto the rooftop terrace. The restaurants main focus is a feature wall that illuminates the venue with an Italian designed LED panelled wall with a hybrid of calming landscape imagery with a psychedelic twist.
HG’s versatile seating plan caters for every group. Large booths located in the heart of the lodge turned over copious amounts of suits bustling in and out the door at lunch, while the lounges and high stools were also full with customers enjoying a relaxing afternoon nip. Sydney provided a beautiful warm Autumn day and patrons were making full use of the outdoor seating underneath the heritage listed Morton fig trees of the Greenwood Plaza creating a genuine happy vibe for all that were there.
The staff were extremely knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Being served by the charming maître d’ Steven, we were given a full run down on the ever-changing menu. The hearty carte du jour’s small and large ‘grazing’ plates provide a diverse variety for plant eaters and carnivores are ideal for sharing and are accompanied with an extensive drinks menu.
The attention to detail using only fresh, locally sourced, sustainable and ethical produce is a large focus. “We like to champion cheaper cuts of meat to make affordability a priority. There’s not a lot of places in North Sydney where you can sit down and get a quality main and side for twenty-four dollars” Steven says.
What we ate:
OLIVES – House marinated olives
CHARCUTERIE – Charcuterie plate of quattro stele, salumi, Kurobota ham, house pickles & bread
* the Kurobota ham has got to be one of the best hams I have had
PRAWNS – Marty’s Hawkesbury River school prawns, crisp smoked paprika fried with lime and aioli
PORK – Darling downs slow roasted pork belly, picked Windsor cabbage, roast apple
FRIES – House fries with rosemary salt
SALAD – Sackville mixed leaf salad with pecorino and aged balsamic
OUR AMERICANO – Bitter orange, sweet wine & grapefruit soda
HUNTERS LEMONADE – Dickel #8 whiskey, sour apple & PS smoked lemonade
ROB’S YOUR UNCLE – Cocoa nib monkey shoulder, sweet wine & bitters
BURNT BY THE STORM – Bundy small batch rum, caramel ginger beer & lime
Stand out dishes: The succulent slow cooked pork belly accompanied with pickled cabbage with roasted apple. The pork was moist and tender; while the cabbage lifted the dish to the next level and the crisp roasted apple added a slight sweetness to the dish. The salad was perfectly dressed with creaminess of the pecorino cutting through the sharpness of the dressing.
The drinks menu offers a range of local spirits, craft beers, cocktails and places a large emphasis on natural wines. Our cocktails were as they were described on the menu and came recommended by our waiter.
Hunter Gatherer is a fantastic new addition to the North Sydney dining culture making it the latest destination for a relaxing and social sitting. The venue does breakfast and lunch every weekday, lunch and dinner Wednesday to Friday with a licence until midnight on these days. Hunter Gatherer is only open for private events and functions on the weekend which is perfect for special occasions.
*Also on a side note, since the menu is on constant rotation and a different menu is produced nearly every day, you might not find the exact dishes we ate. But with the quality of the cooking and the produce I am excited to see what else they have in store.
Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue St,
North Sydney NSW 2060
(02) 8920 0780