Grab your crew and head to Pelicano this spring as they launch a fresh, exciting menu.
Situated on the popular Bay Street in Double Bay, Pelicano is sitting on prime culinary real estate. At the cross roads between Mrs Sippy and The Royal Oak Hotel, Pelicano adds to the street’s lush summer vibes. Navy seats with pink plush cushions adorn the al fresco dining area. The established venue has a new spring dining menu to showcase seasonal favourites and a new cocktail list to match. Executive Chef Faheem Nour has brought his a-game, serving up a hefty dose of spring to Double Bay.
As the evenings are now warmer and the days are longer, the lounge area provides the perfect spot to sip on cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. Try the Saint Froze with frozen Maison Charlotte Rose, grapefruit and raspberry syrup ($14) or the Mandarin Coco Margarita which doesn’t taste like a classic margarita at all, but still delicious with Avion Resposado, mandarin, lime and coconut syrup ($20). Another notable cocktail is the Junmai Sensei with Sake Houraissen, Beefeater gin, grapefruit juice, lemon and lemongrass syrup served “to the geisha’s pleasure” as it says on the menu; it was indeed very pleasurable, delicious and easy to drink!
To accompany the Pelicano cocktails, grab a few sharing dishes and graze away. Try the cracker with eggplant, saltbush and lemon ($9 for two), which I could have eaten at least six of. If I were to describe happiness, it would be these; small dainty crisp vegan crackers with smooth and soft eggplant sauce (what is that mysterious sauce!?) with salt bush and a touch a lemon. The seared salmon with black garlic, radish, spring onion and doused in ponzu dressing ($20) is equally as delicious and I could have had more than one serving!
Other notable dishes include the lamb ribs, served with a quinoa and herb crumb. For those looking for something a little more substantial, this is a great share plate ($19). If you did want more of a main, opt for the beef fillet with artichoke, spinach puree and broccolini ($31) or the chicken breast with hummus, chickpeas and fennel ($26).
To end the night, Pelicano’s extensive list of cocktails and wine, or their full stocked bar ensure you find a nice way to wind down. For us dessert is always an option, even if there is only one on the menu. The smashed pavlova (even though it wasn’t smashed) was a nice way to end the meal, served with seasonal fruit and cream ($13).
As the night continued, Pelicano’s downstairs interior filled up. It has a retro vibe inside with carpet, velvet cushions and mismatched paintings. There is a DJ deck and it seems like the place to be on a Friday night as the night goes on. If you’re looking for a nice dinner or outdoor drinks, the upstairs street-side area is the way to go.
24 Bay Street, Double Bay, 2028. (02) 8021 4050
Friday 5pm-2am, Saturday 1pm-2am and Sun – Thurs (Open for Private Functions).
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