Following the steady stream of wine bars and dinner spots spreading along North Shore, 2 Stews and a Cockatoo has staked a claim for the kind of casual drinks and dining usually associated with Surry Hills. Setting up shop in Gordon and opening its doors to the upper North Shore, it’s a win for locals tired of heading over the bridge to the east for a decent meal.
“We felt that Gordon needed something,” says Nada Stewart, who has lived in the suburb for 25 years with husband and co-owner Tony. “We’d been travelling to the eastern suburbs to get a bit of excitement and we thought we’d bring it to Gordon.”
After looking right up the train line from Willoughby to Wahroonga, the Stewarts found a venue that ticked all the boxes and was ready for a transformation. “This spot had everything we wanted: indoor and outdoor space, access to transport and it’s protected from the highway.”
With chef Heydon Young (previously of La Goulue) in the kitchen and a highly prized, taxidermy sulphur crested cockatoo on the long bar (“they’re protected, so it took months to find him”), 2 Stews is dishing up lamb tiramisu with caramelised figs; five-spice duck breast with fennel puree and passionfruit sauce; and slow-cooked beef with pomegranate salsa. It’s a welcome new addition to the leafy suburb.
“We’ve already had people come back four and five times, bringing new people with them each time and we’ve been fully booked out on Friday and Saturday for the last two weeks.”
Looks like we’ll all be heading north this winter.