Foragers of the North Shore, take a breather and let a Michelin-trained chef do the hard work for you. The good folk behind Bondi's The Corner House and Panama House have officially opened a bar and eatery named Hunter Gatherer on the rooftop of North Sydney's Greenwood Plaza. And along with their cracking hospitality skills, they've got a top-notch chef on board as well.
Said chef is one Paul "Mick" Micklewright, who's put together a menu based on all things good: freshness, locality, sustainability and ethics. Headlining dishes include Bannockburn free-range chicken braised with Sicilian olives, lemon, confit garlic, thyme and verjus, and a hearty farmer's market steak platter. Meanwhile, herbivores are taken care of with a spiced eggplant, haloumi and tomato salad, tossed with parsley and chickpeas.
Living up to these tasty, tasty creations is a similarly spirited drinks list, featuring cocktails, craft beers and a handpicked selection of organic, biodynamic wines. The venue also does breakfast and lunch each weekday as well as dinner Wednesday to Friday, but isn't open on weekends (aside from private events). Regardless, it looks like a coup for North Sydneysiders looking for a new lunch spot or somewhere for a casual dinner.
In keeping with the environmentally friendly ethos, the interior, which feels a bit like a welcoming country farmhouse, is dotted with lush plants. But it's not all rustic — an Italian-designed feature wall blends natural imagery with a psychedelic aesthetic. On sunny days though, you'll want to nab a seat outside on the vast terrace.