Located in the heart of the Rocks district -- across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art -- Rockpool has an excellent location for visitors to Sydney. The restaurant design has won just about as many awards as the chefs -- it's a modern interior fit within the shell of an 1860's building.
When I first visited Sydney, Quay Restaurant had not yet opened (see review), thus, I think that I found Rockpool anti-climatic since it cannot compete with the view offered by Quay. The food was excellent and I would still recommend including it on a visit to Sydney -- however, I would make sure to eat here BEFORE eating at Quay because comparisons are inevitable and Quay will win any competition because of its location alone.
As far the dining, Rockpool is open for only for dinner (6-11pm) and closed on Sunday and Monday.
Most of the dishes are Asian fusion and include lots of seafood. My father and I had the lobster and it was wonderful. Sample menus can be found on the website: .
by Matt Keedy
February 4, 2003
From journal Climbing Above Sydney