Cheese Boards and Wine, the Best that Sydney has to Offer
Cheese glorious cheese, whatever the occasion, it’s hard to go wrong with a cheese board. Be it pecorino, asiago, haloumi, Camembert or blue, there is an abundance of lip-smackingly-good platters on offer across Sydney. On that note, it’s time to put your turophile hat on and let your tastebuds start exploring.
With strictly killer R&Brie tunes (get it?!?) providing the backtrack to a cheese-laden evening, Big Poppa’s does New York speakeasy-like no other. While there is a full dining menu, it’s the range of hard, semi-hard, soft and blue cheeses that take centre stage along with their impressive wine. Don’t be shy about flirting along with the cocktail offering too.
96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Set within The Grounds of Alexandria, the potting shed is your go-to for a laidback evening of snacking and sipping amongst lush foliage. The Shed Platter is the star of the show, created for sharing between 4-6 people, this is not for the meek. Cured meats, a host of cheeses, marinated white anchovies, salted cod, pickles and olives with toasted sourdough and crackers. This platter doesn’t muck around.
41 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Relax in the chic courtyard or get settled inside beside the walls lined floor to ceiling with wine bottles. The wine list itself is practically an encyclopaedia and you have over 500 bottles to choose from. The selection of three or five cheeses will ensure you get your fill of manchego, triple cream or blue to pair with your tipple.
18 Oxford Street, Woollahra
Sticking true to its name, Mille Vini (a thousand wines) delivers a phenomenal range of wine, a healthy portion of which is dedicated to Italian varieties. With such an impressive wine list comes a cheese menu to match. Served with Iggy’s bread, crackers, blueberries and grape gel, choose from burrata, midnight moon or manchego, to name a few, and top up as required.
397 Crown Street, Surry Hills
With over 40 cheeses on offer, you’re given the power to select the varieties that most take your fancy. The two, three or four cheese boards come with quince paste, grapes, fig and walnut rolada, bread and crackers. The meat boards follow a similar three-tiered structure and come with Brickfield Bread and Eskal Pickles. When ordering ask the team for advice on wine pairings.
5/63-71 Enmore Road, Newtown
If a rustic, barn-house feel is the ambience of choice for your next cheese centred evening, Formaggi Ocello has your name on it. Over 200 Australian and international cheeses line the shelves at this Surry Hills venue, with an extensive array of antipasti, cured meats, jams and mustards also available to purchase to indulge in at a later date.
16/425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
GPO Cheese & Wine Room
Known as Sydney’s Temple of Cheese for good reason; the GPO Cheese & Wine Room offers over 100 seasonal cheeses and 250 international and Australian wines, you’ll be spoilt for choice as soon as you enter. Create your own board or go for one of their popular cheese flights, where the cheese is expertly teamed with three wines or whiskeys.
Lower Ground Floor, Sydney GPO Building, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Dining at Barangaroo’s Bel & Brio, be sure to order the cheese board, including gorgonzola, black truffle pecorino, montasio served with wild honey, preserved fruit and carasau bread. Plenty of cured meat is available to bulk up your cheese course, and with over 400 wines and cocktails also on offer your Friday night work drinks just got interesting.
T3.01, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
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