All aboard!

There’s something truly enigmatic about a hotel bar, and the dining wagon of a train for that matter. Platform 818 exudes the appeal of a hotel bar, and holds a deep locomotive history: directly below the hotel lies the now unused original Goods Line Tunnel, which connected rural NSW with the shipping port of Darling Harbour. In April 2019, the Accor Hotel group opened Platform 818 in the Mercure Sydney and gave it an industrial, sexy new décor and a menu full of palatable adventures. Platform 818, EatClub’s newest restaurant partner is certainly making tracks.Platform 818Platform 818The kitchen, led by chef Simon Harrison, is all about taking Australian classics and making them modern. But while Modern Australian cuisine is hard to pin down, Platform 818’s Australian dishes are made with locally sourced produce from railway towns along the NSW goods line. The steak, for example, is from the Riverina region of NSW.

Feel the rush of travelling on a bullet train through Japan with the whiskey-fuelled Tokyo to Osaka, or travel to Hogwarts with the magical, ginny Platform Nine and Three Quarters. The cocktails are all named after famous trains and stations. If wine is your potion, you’ll find an all-Australian wine list. Love a good Aussie beer? Platform 818 pour beers from Sydney Brewery. Try a beer inspired by a Sydney suburb – a Darlo Dark or a Surry Hills Pils.Platform 818Platform 818To start your table on the right track, opt for the Honey Haloumi from the starters menu. Move on to something like the Break Out River Lamb Rump, dished with dijon mustard, fresh herbs, sautéed baby veggies, crushed pea oil and picked flowers. The Rotollo is a meatless treat – made with spinach, sage buerre noisette, Persian feta and baby pea tendrils. Yum!

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