Macleay St Bistro is a Potts Point dining institution and has been around for over 30 years. It’s warm, cozy interior can often be overlooked by passers-by, who are attracted to the shinier more trendy eateries that have opened in recent years. However, being locals and having enjoyed many meals there pre-baby, my husband and I stopped in to enquire about booking a meal with our 9 month old son Jack. Unfortunately they didn’t have any highchairs but unperturbed we booked a table anyway.
That evening my husband, Tim, walked down to the restaurant, a nice bottle of red in one hand, our very own highchair in the other. I walked a few steps behind, feigning the weight of my baby as the reason for my slower pace. In truth, I was slightly embarrassed as we strolled down the main street on a Sunday evening with our unconventional cargo in tow.
My discomfort was short lived. As soon as we arrived at the bistro we felt at home, and not just because we brought our own furniture. The waiters were warm and obliging and fussed over Jack like they were his Great Uncles. They tried to teach him a few Italian phrases, and when that didn’t work they took his order, and ours. Jack was as always enthusiastic and vocal, but despite his frequent outbursts and the destruction of a bread plate that got too close, the staff dutifully kept their smiles.
As for our food, Head Chef Tom Williams (previously from Bambini Trust), dishes out a well-priced Sunday roast. On this occasion, a beef eye fillet with peppercorn sauce and roast veggies.
The wine menu has Australian, French and NZ wines, but most patrons bring their own, especially on a Sunday when corkage is waived.
The meal was delicious and Jack loved eating with us, and trying a little of everything on our plates.
The best BYO (highchair) in Potts Point!