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The Cookhouse

Randwick Bar $$ +100
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About The Cookhouse

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Cookhouse, Belmore Road 141 , 2031 Sydney

Further Information

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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

104 Reviews

4.5 /6 Excellent 104 Reviews
Food: delicious
Noise: average
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 17:13

Food was great and it was efficient. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing and there was no pressure to leave. A very enjoyable experience - thank you to the staff.

2 reviews so far 6
08.09.2017 08:59

We went to the Cookhouse for trivia night, the atmosphere was great and the wine was very nice. Before 7pm some drinks are only $5! Great staff and well organised.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 16:45

Going back for sure. Loved the menu, atmosphere and service. Nearby car parking was free but I recommend getting in early for a parking spot.

5 reviews so far 6
14.02.2017 08:11

We come here for team lunch and always able to make reservations without any problem Food is great, offering variety of choices for everybody $10 lunch deal is a bonus

1 review so far 4
20.02.2016 20:44

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.

1 review so far 4
06.01.2016 06:31

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.

1 review so far 5
29.01.2016 18:02

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.

2 reviews so far 4
22.08.2017 08:18

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.

1 review so far 5
21.07.2016 11:33

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.

3 reviews so far 6
14.06.2016 17:03

Great experience - top food and delicious menu which made selecting difficult. For a Friday night it was more like a bar/pub than a restaurant (which was fine), so expect a hip crowd and louder music. It's more sedate at other times. The desserts were great. Pasta a little overlooked, but a tasty duck Ragu saved it. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 19:10

I have been to The Cookhouse a couple of times now and have never been disappointed. It has a relaced atmosphere with funky tunes. The food is great gastro pub style that is well cooked, not overcomplicated and delicious. The staff are friendly and they have the best Espresso Martinis in town!!!

1 review so far 6
19.08.2016 07:27

Good service good food cosy environment! What else you need ! Came with friends foe book club meeting, and needed a relatively quite place,and surprisingly Cookehouse met all our requirements , but may be it was quite because Monday night is not busy. Overall great place to eat drink and chat

1 review so far 5
30.06.2016 09:43

Four of us enjoyed tapas for entree and then had our own mains. We shared duck rolls, mushies with bernaise sauce and prawns saganaki. All good. The special of the day was steak and chips. It hot the thumbs up as did the vegetarian ravioli. The only disappointment was risotto. Very bland and not creamy. Service was good.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 09:47

Great service and good food helped make a birthday lunch very enjoyable. Were seated downstairs with a good through breeze on a hot day. Traffic can be a little noisy but not enough to interrupt conversation. Upstairs looked great for a private function - would go back.

1 review so far 4
20.01.2017 20:02

Good suburban restaurant , central location and plenty of parking in the shopping centers . The food is tasty but it's just that ! Not a great presentation and if you want anything extra , sauce for the lunch special $10 steak , you need to pay . The staff anew very attentative and polite . Overall a. Ice experience in the hearth of Randwick ! Do recommend it !

1 review so far 3
28.08.2016 19:48

The service was extremely slow and the only 2 wait staff that appeared to be working on the night were very busy. It took a considerable amount of time to be served and asked what we would like to drink and order as far as food goes. We also had to take into consideration the length of time it would take to order more drinks when we wanted to. The food was quite good when we received it, however i would not recommend tapas if you want a proper dinner there.

2 reviews so far 6
21.08.2016 20:38

We were a party of 5. Two in their 80s, one in early 50s. one in 40s and one age 9. All 5 of us were happy with meals ..... impressive!!! and good service to boot! Gotta rate it 10/10.

1 review so far 3
04.06.2017 21:57

my first impression was shabby in a quaint way, staff was attentive and very pleasant, although not a full house for Friday lunch it was still incredibly noisy and impossible to have a conversation, they must be doing something right as the tables turned over frequently with diners having the $10 express lunch, we also ordered the $10 sirloin with chips, my medium rare was well cooked but flavour was good and what to expect for $10

1 review so far 6
10.02.2017 07:58

Great night food great as well as service Family friendly and children's menu We had a table for eight with plenty of room Nice little bar to have a drink if you are waiting on people

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 08:46

Dinner 16th Feb. We arrived to be greeted by very friendly staff. Our service was great and the food, fabulous. Fresh and cooked very well. The restaurant was full and we will be there again soon!!!