Opulence, luxury and top-tier dining located inside Sydney’s Taronga Zoo – sounds like a dream? You can be easily fooled into thinking so, but it’s a reality and it’s called the Me-Gal restaurant. The best news? It’s open to the public for the first time.
Sydney, when we say we have date night sorted for the next few years, we mean it. The dream-like restaurant sits within a tranquil bushland setting and offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. Having only opened its doors on March 30th, the dining experience is already proving to be a popular choice for locals of Mosman as well as destination diners from all over Australia.
Me Gal Restaurant
Located in: Taronga Zoo Sydney
Address: 2A Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Hours: Mon-Wed 5-9pm, Thur-Sun 12-3pm & 5-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9932 4888
Me-Gal is named after the Cammeraigal word for ‘tears’ which fittingly evokes the salt water of the surrounding harbourside shoreline. With an elegant dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows and some of the best harbour views, the only thing that could top this is the food, and it does.
The menu is fresh, serving only sustainably sourced produce and focusing on native ingredients and seasonal dishes. Led by Executive Chef Stefan Schröder, the menu takes a communal dining approach, with many dishes on the menu designed for sharing.
Standouts include the Stuffed zucchini flowers with wattle seed ricotta, macadamia crumble and butternut squash purée, the 12-hour slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder with heirloom carrots, lime and mint, and the lemon myrtle pear tart with cream Chantilly for dessert just hits the spot. Or, you can grab the seasonal feast for $120 per person, if you feel like going all out.
“When crafting the offering for Me-Gal we drew inspiration from its unique location and the Australian native fauna that surrounds it. An unexpected dining destination on the lower North Shore, the focus at Me-Gal is on sustainable dining, a passion we share with our local community of producers. We wanted to develop a destination dining experience that is aligned with the Wildlife Retreat experience,” said General Manager, Hoanh Giang.
The drinks menu has been curated with a similar focus on Australian producers. The cocktail list features native and botanical ingredients and local spirits. Group Sommelier, Louella Mathews has designed a wine menu that showcases vegan, organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines, and there is also an ‘Australian Icon’ list featuring all your Aussie classics — yes, Penfolds, Henschke are of course mentioned, along with Yabby Lake, Grosset, Leeuwin Estate and Oakridge.
Perhaps the best thing to hit the North Shore dining scene, Me-Gal is open for dinner Monday to Sunday and for lunch Thursday to Sunday from midday till late. Booking can be made right now via the link below.
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