Low light, dark walls made interesting with geometric patterning and fuchsia pink highlights, and contemporary music teamed with the near silent glide of slim-hipped waiters in black all help make this hole-in-the-wall on Harris Street quite a funky place to dine. It’s refreshing to see that style doesn’t equate to high prices – a piled high plate of Malaysian Style Spicy Stir Fried Noodles with King Prawns and Vegetables ($15.30) is a case in point. Freshness is also a strong suit – almost everything is made in house and it shows in the texture of the Pan Fried Pork and Pak Choy Dumplings ($7.20/ 4 pieces) pleasantly filled with tasty pork that leaves no slick on the tongue. The playful contemporary pan-Asian cooking shines in the Tempura Zucchini Flowers ($8.90/ 3 pieces) stuffed with curried pumpkin and spinach. The best was a stir fry of Beef and Snow Peas in Wasabi and Black Pepper ($14.20). My only critique is a slight bend toward sweet which (I am assured) you can opt out of if you mention you’re confident with heat. The convenient location of Forty Two Harris Cellars and Deli teamed with a low corkage fee of two dollars a person encourages wine; the cellar staff know the neighbourhood restaurants and make pertinent recommendations.
50 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9660 6216