Gazebo emphasises community dining

Cucumber cured kingfish - smoked oyster dressing, apple, lime

Following an extensive transformation that strongly nods to the 1960s (when the landmark building was built), Gazebo in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay reopened at the back-end of last year. We decided it was high-time we headed along to check it out.

The Keystone venue offers a lavish new inside dining room and an outside seating area for those hot summer nights. The juxtaposition gives a general feeling that nestles nicely between high-end dining and casual post-work eats with mates.

Further illustrating this is the drinks menu, which offers Gazebo’s signature Chilcano de Pisco cocktail on tap, while the Negronis and Martinis are also standouts on the cocktail list, but also you can simply grab a draught beer, craft beer and cider (we opted for the Negronis).

Continuing this emphasis on community dining, head chef Jason Dean, formally of Pier and Gastro Park, has put together a dining menu with contemporary dishes and plates to share. We started with Beetroot crisps with chantilly goats curd (6.5) which, to quote Ross from Friends, were lighter than air, and while the meat eaters amongst us tried the Tiger prawns with green chilli, coconut and daikon (21) and the Cucumber cured kingfish (pictured, top – 19), we vegetarians absolutely demolished the delicious Eggplant with tomato, hazelnuts and tamarind yoghurt (25).

Duck breast - beetroot, smoked almond, salted honeycombThe menu also boasts Smoked chicken terrine with celery, roasted grape and charred bread (19), Glazed pork with carrot, coriander and sweet & sour turnips (27) and Duck breast with beetroot, smoked almond and salted honeycomb (pictured – 28).

Now to the really important part. The desserts. We obviously tried more than one. Well, it would have been rude not to, right? The Pineapple coconut, tarragon and balsamic blueberries concoction (14) was kinda odd in taste and texture, but the Chocolate cookie dough parfait, raspberry and yoghurt caramel affair (15) was delicious.

The venue will be hosting a bunch of events too. Every Wednesday evening from 8pm, there will be live performances around the baby grand piano and under the Chandelier lighting. Bookings are recommended but not essential.

Also, to celebrate International Pisco Sour Day on Saturday (7th Feb) Gazebo is offering a refreshing pisco sour and kingfish ceviche for $18 ALL DAY. For the whole month of February this offer will be available from 4-7pm Daily.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are still a few spots available to check out the set menu and a flute of Perrier Jouet Champagne for $80pp. And if romance ain’t your thang, then Gazebo is also teaming up with NSW Good Food & Wine to bring you an amazing NSW wine region dinner. Indulge in a 2 course dinner with glass of Hunter Valley wine for $50. Bookings are essential.

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Gazebo is open Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 12am, Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Find out more at
(02) 8070 2424

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Review by Bobby Townsend.