Fred's Bar and Bistro is new on the Sydney food and wine scene. It opened in April 2014, and the reviews so far are all positive. Located close to Circular Quay with its choice selection of wines and menu options, It's an ideal place to drop into any day of the working week.
Owned by David Moeliker and Erica Gregan (wife of George Gregan, ex-Wallabies rugby great), Fred’s Bar and Bistro is a collaboration thirty years in the making. David and Erica went to hotel school together in Switzerland in the mid-80s and have talked about starting a bar ever since. David, who manages the bar, is enthusiastic about it. “I’ve only ever worked in hospitality, so its all I’ve ever known,” he said.
Located just minutes from the CBD, Fred’s Bar and Bistro has found its home in the iconic Gold Fields House, an A-grade commercial office building with twenty-five levels of office space, plus retail and restaurant facilities fronting Alfred Street. Set in this corporate landscape, it’s not surprising that Fred’s Bar and Bistro is a popular business lunch destination for Sydney’s professionals. It’s also a great spot for breakfast and coffee or antipasto and wine with friends, or a sit-down meal after work.
The recently renovated interior creates a slick backdrop for the friendly service and excellent food Fred’s Bar dishes up from 7am to late five days a week. The menu is compact and quality, and very reasonably priced for the Circular Quay area. Breakfast is served until 11:30am, and there’s no going past the poached egg and salmon served with mashed potato and a feta cake. In the afternoon and evening there’s a range of mouth-watering plates to share, as well as entrées and mains, where the Steak frites is a real winner.
Wine racks line the walls of the main room, so of course the wine list is extensive and offers an eclectic range of vintages from around Australia, Europe and New Zealand by the glass. Among them you will find organic, biodynamic and preservative free drops.
“The wine list is full of little surprises at very reasonable prices,” said David. “Just try something different and you’ll be amazed.”
But if you’re more about hops than the grape, never fret: there’s craft beer from 4 Pines on tap, both their Kolsch and pale ale. Alternatively you might want to get your hands on an Allpress espresso martini.
“We are all about affordable food for business lunches, dinner, and a great place for a catch up with friends,” David said.