Since Pelicano launched May 2012, it has undergone a few notable changes. The food and drink menu have been revamped and a chic Mediterranean-inspired outdoor area beckons for al-fresco dining during the warmer summer nights.
The cocktail menu tempts with Pelicano signatures such as Le Lapin Blanc, a delicious balance of sour and savoury, made with Broker’s Gin, carrot, fresh ginger, beetroot and coriander.
L-R: Opera District 1920, Le Lapin Blanc
For a more boozy alternative, the Opera District 1920 hits the spot with a mix of Tanqueray 10 Gin, Dolin Rouge, Campari, Creme de Peche and bitters.
New head chef, Damien Monley formerly of Madam Char Char’s and Flat White in Woollahra has taken on the reigns in the kitchen with a more casual approach to dining. His focus is on seasonal produce with changing dishes and fresh Mediterranean influences.
Grilled Bread with Whipped Feta and Dukkah
The menu is divided into Nibbles and More Substantial, the former mainly catering for daytime dining with a choice of three sandwiches or starters such as the smoky and charred Grilled Bread with Whipped Feta and Dukkah ($9) that is difficult to put down.
Fresh flavours sing in the Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg ($19), seasoned with anchovies and sauce vierge with a sprinkling of crunchy croutons.
Sumac Baked Salmon
The Sumac Baked Salmon ($26) is moist and flavoursome topped with spicy harissa. Quinoa tabbouleh with pomegranate seeds adds a little zing to the freshness of the dish.
The Lamb Ribs with Black Olive Crust ($18) are not to be missed, tender, melting in the mouth meat with a finger-licking Chimmi Churri sauce that adds a good kick.
Pelicano Strawberry Sundae
All desserts are priced at $10 with the exception of a cheese plate ($26). The Pelicano Strawberry Sundae ($10) is much like an Eton mess with a crunchy meringue. It delivers a substantial sugar hit but is a little excessive on the cream.
Frangipani and Apple Tart
The Frangipani and Apple Tart ($10) is a feel-good dessert, served warm with a moist filling and just the right balance of sweetness with a delicious caramelised crust.
Finish with a digestif such as Domfrontais Calvados ($16) to round off the French experience.
On weeknights, Pelicano is a relaxed affair. The vibe is casual and unpretentious whether you are dining outdoors or inside the plush gallery-like surrounds with original Lichtensteins and Basquaits on the walls. The menu is approachable and well-priced with mains ranging from $18 to $26. The portions are well-sized and the Mediterranean influence matches the venue’s French Riviera vibe. Friendly and welcoming service comes with the charm of French accents.
Dining at Pelicano suits couples of a first date, a date night or a casual get together with a small group of friends. Sit under the stars and you could imagine a holiday in the South of France on a hot summer night.
Pelicano Restaurant and Bar
24 Bay St
Double Bay Sydney
Hours: Mon – Tues Closed, Wed to Thu 5-12, Friday – Sun 12pm till late
Ph: 02 8021 4050
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