Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Review: Blackbird Cafe, Darling Harbour

Most of the restaurants at Darling Harbour are a little bit overly swanky. So when you're looking for something a bit casual after a day of site seeing or when you have a visitor who wants to see the water and lights of Darling Harbour without a $100 a head meal then Blackbird is one of the few decent options in the area.

Image stolen mercilessly from the Blackbird website, as I forgot to take one of the view

Being Darling Harbour though you can expect to pay premium prices for quite standard food. Most of the food here is of the "family restaurant" type fare, burgers, salads, pastas and there's plenty here that will keep kids entertained not to mention drinks to keep the parents sane after a day of trudging the sites.

Honestly the food was about as average as you can expect in a family restaurant but it wasn't offensive, the main thing that annoys me is the price to quality ratio. Almost everything seems to come served with commercial sauces like caesar dressing and ketchup; for some reason I got served a creamy salad dressing when I asked for mayonnaise and I'm not sure the immigrant wait staff knew the difference. There was coffee but it wasn't great and I went for a smoke so when I came back it was cold.

For the same price you could hit a Hog's Breath, Sizzler or alternative and get about the same meal - here you pay for the view and it really is a lovely view.

Beef salad $18.90

Cheeseburger $18.90

This burger was pretty good, it just wasn't $19 worth of good. They do have specials once a week, Monday is burger day at $12 for a burger and chips.

Fish and chips $19.90

Blackbird Cafe
201 Sussex St Sydney
NSW 2000
Situated on the balcony level of Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park above Nicks Seafood Restaurant.

Family atmosphere
Come for the view
Fully licensed


  1. Thanks for the review, I'll avoid this one!

  2. Blue Train is (or was, possibly, I haven't been there in years) their sister restaurant in Melbourne and was a lot better by comparison. The menus are identical (and have been for 10 years, so that kinda explains the quality), but the quality in Melbourne just seems to be so much better.

    Of course, I'm speaking from years old memory, here, so I could be talking out my arse.