Food + drink (restaurant reviews) · Sydney · Sydney · Travel

GPO Cheese and Wine Room – great cheese, great wine

A sign of a great restaurant is one you go back to.  And for Mr. A and I, the GPO Cheese and Wine Room was a great restaurant.  In fact, it’s our favourite place to go for exceptional cheese and wine.

This restaurant is a little harder to find on a weekend.  It’s located underground, below the historic General Post Office (GPO) building.  On a weekday, all the entrances to the GPO on the street level at Martin Place are open, but on a weekend there is one tiny entrance to the building, or alternatively the entrance to the underground GPO is through the lobby of The Westin, one level down.

We made our way through the other underground eateries of the GPO and found the cheese and wine room.  Being located right by the tank streamway, the cellar-like stone decor was an excellent match to the historic building and streamway.  The restaurant has a very dim, intimate vibe – a perfect match for an evening of fine cheese and wine.

Entrance to the restaurant
Entrance to the restaurant
The main dining area
The main dining area
Intimate dining area
Intimate dining area
Wine room with an extensive selection
Wine room with an extensive selection

To start, we ordered some mixed olives.

Mixed olives
Mixed olives

We then shared the delicious truffle cheese fondue for two, which is created by melting two cheeses, Brie Coulommiers aux Truffles and French Secret de Scey.  The fondue was the perfect consistency, creamy and oozing in its steel pot over a candle, wand would turn into the consistency of stringy pizza cheese when served on the accompaniments (although I assure you, it’s much better than pizza cheese!)

The accompaniments on the fondue platter were assorted cured meats, including salami, prosciutto, and rocket wrapped bresaola, grilled prawns, roasted chat potatoes, honey pepper figs,country style bread and lavoush.  Very lavish indeed!

Truffle cheese fondue platter
Truffle cheese fondue platter

The Moscato I had was the best I’ve ever had from a restaurant!  Too bad I forgot it’s name… I do remember that it was from France.

Would we go back again and again?  Most definitely!

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Address: The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9229 7701
http://gpogrand.com/gpo-cheese-wine-room-sydney
Urbanspoon link here: GPO Cheese and Wine Room on Urbanspoon

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