A Randwick icon, both in terms of what’s on offer and the pub and bistro’s beautiful 19th-century setting down Belmore Road, The Cookhouse runs a tight ship packed with modern Australian gastropub fare and entertainment, making it a top destination for the good life in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Craft beers figure big on the drinks menu here, while The Cookhouse’s express lunch selection and a la carte menu, regularly changed, ensures a steady flow of custom throughout the week. Best to book, especially to head off the after-work and weekend rush.
The Cookhouse’s drinks menu begins ambitiously, offering at pole position a tempting selection of signature cocktails. You’ll often see slightly worse for wear but effortlessly chic and sunglassed gaggles sipping on the house Bloody Mary come the weekend, but we like the litre jug of Pimm’s, peach bitters, dry ginger ale and lemonade to share on sunny Sydney days. And, hop heads rejoice, The Cookhouse’s sandstone castle down Randwick’s Belmore Road is known as a stronghold for international craft beers, on tap and bottled. A big list of boutique wines round off a peerless selection of liquid refreshment.
Lunch and dinner is served seven days a week at The Cookhouse, with share plates and tapas particularly popular at this Randwick social hub. Rustic and international, The Cookhouse keeps tapas simple, as it should be, but makes the most of the modern Australian cuilnary approach to present plates brimming with fresh and carefully matched ingredients. Making the most of Sydney’s seafood bounty, dishes like the scallops with morcilla, pea and mascarpone, cauli and Manchego cheese are divine for a light lunch or to share. Sidle up to sliders and sides like lamb shoulder with harissa or the polenta chips with truffled pecorino before attacking The Cookhouse’s larger plates: big appetites will go for the superlative steak selection, while light dishes like the young chicken with ancient grains, pomegranate, green beans and smoked yoghurt add a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean tinge to proceedings.
A great place - good food, nice ambience, good service & reasonable prices . What more could one ask for! Hope they go from strength to strength!
Great, friendly service, yummy food, and nice casual vibe! Good lunch deals, chilled-out happy hour. We've gone several times while visiting Sydney and never disappointed.
Great food. Perfect for lunch hour as food comes fast. Nice atmosphere. Close to work. Lots of food and drink options. Staff friendly. Thank you.
staff were so lovely, very accommodating to us who had 3 children with prams and so many hand carriage. Food was very yummy with quite a good selection of kids meals and came pretty quick after ordering. Highly recommended for those parents who wants to meet up with their mates and bringing the kids in a pub like setting. Price is also very reasonable.
The Cookhouse has an awesome special on Wednesday nights. $14.50 for rump steak and chips and it tasted fantastic - medium rare - really good. Took a side of greens for $9 and that completed the meal - Dessert was superb too and the atmosphere and service excellent - Would recommend this restaurant - It is really great value for money and we had a very good experience overall. Thank you.
I really liked the food and atmosphere/decor though the pork dish was a tad tough & the cuttlefish was a bit rubbery. The atmosphere was pleasant. The Barrumandi main was delicious. So were the jalapeños entree. The only main issue was the wait staff was disorganised. 3-4 different waitresses came to our table and we didn't know who was for our table. Also there was this waitress with French accent that kept on looking at us and smiling nonstop for no reason. It felt a bit weird. It made me feel uncomfortable as she kept on passing our table and staring & smiling and when she talked to us she talked as if we were mates instead of customers. I just think that they should train the staff a bit more in more professional service. But u would recommend.
Had a booking at 8pm on a Tuesday which was Eat all you Can Ribs.. and they ran OUT of ribs.. on a the day of their special.. That and the fact that it took 40mins for our order of 3mains and 1 side to arrive when there were a lot of empty tables around. Ive been to restaurants and bars where ive received my order for 5 -8 dishes faster than that. For the price i expected better. Other than those everything else, the waitresses and the quality of the food were very friendly and on point. The place has a very nice ambience and unique interior designs. Would probably call next time first though to make sure they havent ran out of any dishes that i am looking forward to.
I booked a lunch for a work colleague's farewell via Quandoo. This is my second time using an online booking service .. the other was Dimmi... The Cookhouse do not seem to be aware of bookings made online. Even though the booking was not in their handwritten book - fortunately there was a table available. The lunch specials are attractively priced and served to the table of eight in good time. The selection we had made were all fresh and delicious. It was an easy and enjoyable occasion. I recommend that you book via phone to be 100% certain.
We arrived and headed to the bar and unfortunately our arrival experience was terrible... Lots of staff floating around picking up glasses and cleaning glasses and only one person making drinks. It was happy hour and was very slow service... they ran out of tequila and some beers... not a good look for a Friday night at 7pm. Upstairs dinner was lovely, but again the service to order dinner and drinks was very slow. By 10pm the place was empty and a closed sign on the front door, weird to see that at a bar on a Friday night. Would I go again? Probably not.
This is the most successful incarnation of a food place in the splendid old sandstone building on Belmore Road. Gastro pub with the odd arm chair, stressed furniture, a bar that can be sat at (or near) and a reasonably varied menu. Not particularly cheap but not so outrageous. Food OK. I had the confit of duck leg ragout - hint of chilli and good portion. Young Henry is the beer to drink.