Address: 33/37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW
Tel: (02) 9368 7333
Wednesdays to Sunday
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Sweethearts is a restaurant I stumbled across when searching for a place to go with some of my friends from work. Eventually we ended up going somewhere with more variety but I always kept this place in the back of my head in case another opportunity arose to check it out.
After climbing about 7 (?) sets of stairs and getting a great thigh workout, we finally got to the bar.
A lift would have been helpful but the one we saw out the back was only for staff.
The place isn’t as big as I had expected but has a cute holiday bar sort of vibe. The string lights, high wooden tables and old leather stools give it a sort of 70s beach bar feel to it.
When we arrived, past the Backyard Cricket Rules at the door, we were greeted by a staff member who informed us that it was bar service, and we could sit at any table (despite the fact that I had made a reservation- apparently unnecessary on a Thursday night).
We ordered ciders (James Squire) as there was a $5 beer, wine, cider offer on that night between 4-7pm (woo who doesn’t love a long happy hour?).
When the others arrived, including Wallace (formerly known as Nic), and MDS, we ummed and ahhhed a bit over what to order.
I was really disappointed that the menu was not the same as the one online, and some of my other friends who had also had a look at the menu online, agreed. MDS even suggested going somewhere else for dinner, but eventually the group decided to stay and try it out.
MDS, Nancy and I decided to share some dishes so we could try a few things out. Best decision ever as we got to taste a little of almost everything on the menu.
The soup tin table numbers.
Laura and Olga decided to go with the brisket sandwiches ($20.00), which came out as very cute looking sliders.
Emma ordered the garlic prawns ($30.00) with a vegetable skewer, while Borna and Wallace ordered the $15.00 special medium ribs.
MDS, Nancy and I ordered garlic bread (MDS’ favourite) to start with. While, it looks like Coles or Pizza Hut/Domino’s garlic bread, it was actually amazingly buttery, fresh and hot out of the oven and deliciously fragrant with herbs.
Next up we ordered the medium sized ribs for a special price of $15. The ribs were lamb ribs, and when i tried to cut the bone off with my fork and knife, the meat just fell away and the bone came off clean. The sauce was sticky and rich, with a charred and smoky flavour.
I love citrus and the fresh lemon was great over the sweet ribs and added some colour to the plate.
The marinated vegetables were a bit of a disappointment for me. While there was a good mix of Mediterranean vegetables including zucchini, Spanish onion, tomato, capsicum and mushroom, the vegetables were a little too oily, and the serving was very miserly for $12. I think at least two skewers minimum would be needed to make this dish worthwhile.
While the salad was fresh and the aioli delicious (especially with the chips- see below), the dish overall was a let down.
Next up were the chicken skewers. This was basically the same situation as the vegetable skewers, While the chicken was well-cooked, juicy and flavoursome, there just wasn’t enough to justify charging $13 (you could buy over a kilogram of chicken breast for that price!). The pesto was chunky and tasty although perhaps a little slimy looking!
I loved the presentation of the sauces in cute little jars though.
Finally, we ordered a side of chips ($9.00) which were billed as “the world’s best chips”. They were pretty good. I don’t know about “world’s best” but they were quite crunchy, thick cut, well salted and had a creamy taste. We dipped them into the aioli and pesto which made them even better!
Overall, good food, a bit pricey (especially the skewers- bit of a rip off!), but a cute chilled atmosphere. Would be great for long afternoons in summer.
The menu thing was a little disappointing, maybe it’s a weekend menu on the website? If so, I think the weekday menu should be on there as well as it was a little misleading for us.
MDS, Nancy & I paid about $22 each for our meals (not including drinks).
Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 7
- Food- 7.5
- Ambience- 6
- Value – 5.75