Set on the edge of The Domain, looking out onto the Art Gallery of New South Wales and just a short stroll to the iconic Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, The Pavilion on the Domain is in the centre of the city’s sights.
You could easily forget you’re in the CBD – The Pavilion is light and bright, surrounded by greenery. Featuring sleek decor that highlights the views over the city skyline, it’s no surprise that it’s often the venue of choice for weddings and events, providing an ideal setting for celebrations.
Part of Trippas White Group, which is also responsible for well-known Sydney venues Centennial Homestead, 360 Bar and Dining, and Portside Sydney Opera House, the food and drink offerings are skilfully curated and the interiors and service befitting of the beautiful location.
Pop in for breakfast in the park and indulge your sweet cravings with the croissant French toast with berries, whipped ricotta and macadamia, topped with a cloud of fairy floss and drizzled with maple syrup. For those inclined towards the savoury, the warm flatbread with grilled buffalo milk halloumi, spiced poached egg and mint is sure to hit the spot.
As midday approaches, The Pavilion offers the perfect lunch for a day at The Gallery, offering a one to three course lunch special, complete with a glass of wine. Dishes can include wood-smoked salmon, paired with radish, baby beetroot, taramasalata, goat’s cheese and a poached egg spiked with lime, while the charcuterie board is laden with cheeses and cured meats to be savoured with house-made mustard, pickles and mostarda.
For something larger, opt for the fresh lasagne, layered with basil, sweet potato, oven-roasted tomato, roasted capsicum and mozzarella; or perhaps the succulent roasted lamb shoulder accompanied by caramelised onion, glazed carrots, spring peas and salsa verde.
Finish your meal with an inventive treat, such as crunchy hazelnut and vanilla ice cream with spun sugar and a side of hot toffee sauce, or a refreshing Pimm’s jelly with lemonade ice cream and cucumber granita.
Whether you’re after a morning coffee in the sunny surrounds or an afternoon drink with friends, The Pavilion has you covered. Order an espresso courtesy of Double Roasters or check out the selection of Australian and international wines, beers and ciders. In the warmer months, keep an eye out for pop-up bars in the space, complete with summer spritzes, live paella stations, bean bags and sun umbrellas.
If you’re racing off to The Gallery or simply taking a stroll in the gardens, drop by the Kiosk to refuel with a light snack and refreshing drink. Enjoy a flavour-packed karaage chicken burger with wasabi mayo, pickled cabbage slaw and a side of sweet potato crisps, or share classic fish and chips with tartare and lemon.
Coffee is on offer at the Kiosk, as well as some creative milkshakes like Grandma’s apple pie, blueberry cheesecake and peanut butter and jelly. Health nuts might prefer a smoothie with a combination of acai, banana, apple juice and coconut water.
Looking out over rolling the parkland, with the city skyscrapers in the distance, it’s hard to believe you’re in the centre of Sydney. The relaxed atmosphere and honest, fresh fare add to the feel of an urban retreat, providing the perfect setting to enjoy breakfast and lunch in leafy surrounds.