As the second stop on our Rocks foodie tour, we visited Pony Dining, serving up modern Australian cuisine cooked on an Argentinean wood fire grill in Sydney’s oldest laneway in the Rocks!
We tried three dishes as part of the tasting – the Seared Kangaroo, the Roasted Heirloom Beets, and the JR Signature Sirloin. My highlight was the seared kangaroo, which was so tender and perfectly pink, avoiding the usual toughness of kangaroo. The pepperberry dressing added some textural crunch and the pickled currants a note of sweetness and tang to the dish! The roasted beets were also delicious, as the charred flavour really shone through, and the creamy burrata cheese was a delight.
Finally, the sirloin was so well cooked, and a close second for dish of the day. What made this dish so special was the beautiful wood-fire grill smoky flavour, accompanied by the South American salsa that was so fresh and tangy that we slathered it on the steak! It was an amazing tasting experience from start to end, and there was a great vegetarian option in the mix as well.
Pony is tucked away in a Melbourne-esque lane, making it difficult to spot from the street. The al-fresco dining option leaves you staring in awe at the historic buildings on either side, but there is plenty of seating inside as well. The staff were so friendly, funny and attentive, willing to explain each facet of the dish with flair.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at Pony Dining, which left us enchanted and wanting more of their amazing dishes. The wood-fired concept is really appealing and perfect for a chilly day, and we’ll definitely be back here at night to enjoy a lovely drink and meal in the vibrant Rocks precinct.
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Pony Lounge & Dining, The Rocks and Cardinal Spin.