When Majestic Gourmet opened, the area was reinvigorated – there was so much interest the place was packed for weeks. Now it has opened another wing of its Petersham empire. Harvest Bar is a boxy upstairs space with mixed-cuisine tapas, mid-century lounges and local and international booze. Majestic Gourmet’s co-owner Tim Reen (joined by partner Cheryl Reen) says the bar was the plan from day one. Twelve months and a few liquor-licence applications later, the bar has taken on a different approach, courtesy of Majestic’s new chef Shiman Woon (Three Williams, Cibo e Vino).
“Petersham has been skipped over. Along here at night there's a couple of chicken shops and some good restaurants, but unless you want to go to the pub, there's nowhere to go for a meal with a nice drink of wine,” says Reen. It isn’t exactly a meal you’ll get at Harvest Bar, though. It specialises in drinking food. Half the menu is upscale, with impressive crab cakes, and pan-roasted scallops with sweet-corn puree, parmesan foam and herb oil. The other half has classic bar dishes, such as fried chicken; cheese plates; and thyme, garlic and chilli loaded chips, which are some of the best Sydney has to offer.
The drinks list, developed by Pavlos Philippou, has a mix of local and international wines and Batch Brewing Company on tap. Other crafts will replace it in the future.
As you’d expect from a locally loved heritage building, the bar has kept aspects of the old Majestic. “We've tried to keep it as original as we possibly could. So with the exception of putting a nice concrete bar in the middle of the room, it’s how we found it. The plaster is still peeling off the walls,” says Reen. Despite the room’s charm, the best place to sit is outside on the mezzanine, which has two romantic seats, and a single table that overlooks the old building’s entrance.
Upstairs, 49A New Canterbury Road, Petersham
(02) 8097 2222
Thu to Fri 5pm–10pm
Sat & Sun 4pm–10pm