We know you’re a savvy bunch. You’ve eaten in all of the places, know all of the secrets, and have even gone on a food safari or two… Amirite? Wrong.
There is one restaurant in Sydney that has those in the know talking, and we want to keep you as part of the in crowd. Rawson’s Restaurant in Epping, in the Epping Club to be exact, needs to be at the top of your restaurant bucket list.
Now, we’re with you guys, fine dining and an RSL club aren’t traditionally a match made in foodie heaven, but in the case of Rawson’s all other clubs better be taking note. This is the tasty creation of Executive Chef Nick Whitehouse and it is fine dining without the stuffiness (or price tag).
Nick has curbed the hunger of celebs including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (stop it), Slipknot and Kelly Clarkson, so when we’re talking about first class fare it’s a safe bet to put your hunger in his capable hands. It’s no surprise that he would choose a somewhat hidden location away from the bright lights of Sydney’s CBD to launch his restaurant. Rawson’s could easily become the go-to hangout for visiting celebs, maybe HiddleSwift will even pay a visit next time they’re in town?
The menu at Rawson’s rotates to ensure only the very best local produce ends up on the plate and diners can expect a long list of verbal specials, keeping your dining experience interesting time and time again and meaning you can always count on your favourites to have a seasonal twist.
Say a final goodbye to your sad weekday breakfasts because, at Rawson’s, you can now be a sugar cured salmon with smashed avocado and slow poached eggs on sourdough or truffle salsa scrambled eggs on sourdough kind of human. And when it comes to the weekends, we’re all having waffles! Nutella, ricotta blueberry compote or maple honey syrup and butter are all on offer and we may just get our tastebuds around all three.
Lunches are the game changer at Rawson’s, where you can feast on their two course menu for $29.90 or their three divine courses for $39.90, including potato gnocchi with truffle butter, spinach and ricotta or smoked rump camp with onion, turnips and a proper red wine jus. For dessert, you absolutely deserve the pumpkin pannacotta with salted caramel gelato and gingerbread crumbs, all of this for under $40 in Sydney sounds pretty good to us.
As if Rawson’s hadn’t already done enough to turn all we thought we knew about club dining on its head, Nick Waterhouse goes one step further, introducing a raw bar, with tasty bites like Huon salmon, tuna sashimi, barely seared prawns, Hawkesbury River squid and seared cold water scallops in honeycomb vinegar.
For dinner, a selection of the delicious lunch eats are available (win!) along with the 330g Kilcoy grain fed beef sirloin, talk about your next steak night being sorted, as well as the Berkshire pork chop with cauliflower, apricot and black pudding.
Rawson’s Restaurant in the Epping Club has flawlessly reimagined club dining into a fine dining experience you’ll want to make the trip for.
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