Up the sweeping staircase in Hotel CBD on the corner of King Street and York Street is Bistrode CBD, the city outpost of Jeremy Strode and part of the Merivale empire. It’s well worth picking your way through the office workers enjoying an after work drink and entering the refined dining room above.
We headed to Bistrode CBD on a Thursday night, in search of offal. We weren’t disappointed. A salad of pig’s ear and black pudding ($22.50) was pretty, the combination of gooey, earthy black pudding with crispy pig’s ear contrasting nicely. My starter of pig’s head terrine ($19.50) partially satisfied a long held craving for pork pie: the sweet, perfectly spiced pork smooth with gelatine.
The main course was a generous rump steak ($38), served rare and accompanied by bone marrow. Paired with a side of crispy at least twice cooked hand cut chips ($9.50) and some anchovy and chilli broccolini ($8.50), and washed down with a bottle of Douro red ($55), I finished full, and assured that I’d fended off the threat of anaemia.
With a mix of business dinners and tourists, Bistrode CBD was slightly lacking in atmosphere, and service seemed a little stretched (though friendly and very competent), but I’ll happily overlook that for that pig’s head terrine.
Level 1, Hotel CBD, 52 King Street, Sydney, 2000
02 9240 3000