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The Sugarmill, Kings Cross

2009 April 19
by Reemski

Easter long weekend, and it’s raining. I’ve already dragged the poor boyfriend out for a 3 hour walk to shops that were closed. So, it’s off for a pub lunch to one of the newer additions to the dining/pub scene in Kings Cross, The Sugarmill.


This former bank on the corner of Darlinghurst Road and a pedestrian mall sat unloved for many years, until the Keystone Hospitality Group grabbed the site and uncovered it’s potential, creating an inviting space, a covered outdoor terrace and the perfect booths for people watching:


The interiors are Sydney chic: over sized light shades at the bar, “distressed” paint, stencils and quirky design touches abound:


The menu is incredibly well priced for the type of venue: nothing ventures over $24.50, a rarity these days!

We grab a beer (Asahi $8.50) and a glass of wine (Wine Garden Rose $8), and sit back and watch the the world go by while we wait for our food: for Da Boyfriend, the burger:


Da Boyfriend reckoned that the burger was tasty, but in his mind overpriced at $15.50. I disagree, thinking it’s fairly typical of the price of burgers “eaten in”.

I try the vegetarian option, a roast pumpkin, spinach and goats fetta pie:


I’m not sure where the spinach featured as it didn’t appear to be in the pie, and I think that they may have used potato to fill it out, as I didn’t find any chunks of pumpkin.  However, it was reasonably tasty and well priced at $15.50. But why, oh why was the salad absolutely drowned in dressing?? I couldn’t actually eat it as it had gone soggy. I did manage to pick out the cherry tomatoes which were relatively unscathed!

Friends have commented on the diverse audience this pub attracts on Friday and Saturday nights, and I can safely say that this is a great venue for The Cross, with reasonably priced food, and a great atmosphere and position to take advantage of the best The Cross has to offer.

The Sugarmill
33-37 Darlinghurst Road
Kings Cross
02 9368 7333
Sugarmill on Urbanspoon

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  1. April 20, 2009

    how disappointing that you couldn’t find much of the spinach or pumpkin in the pie… and the soggy salaD!!

  2. April 20, 2009

    this is one of our work venues! I do know they’ve recently hired a new chef and introduced a new menu, but very disappointing about the pie! I remember the interested/shocked looks people gave us when we worked on the toilet signage in the office!!

  3. April 20, 2009

    @Lisa I loved the toilet signs! Just gorgeous and the cute stencils of birds about the place…

  4. April 20, 2009

    you should check out kit&kaboodle upstairs if you like quirky design 🙂 great cocktails too. It’s my favourite of all the venues we work over.

  5. April 21, 2009

    Love the toilet signs! $15.50 for the burger is pretty good considering the size of the pattie. The only places which are cheaper are prob the local takeaway shop but they are a rarity these days!

  6. April 24, 2009

    hey its babydoll20 from twitter hehe

    im going there tomorrow night!!!! funny i clicked on your profile + webbie :):)

  7. April 24, 2009

    I love trying new places for girly cocktail nights, looks just the place for it, even for after work dinner/drinks as well:)

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