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January 12, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Pony Dining at Neutral Bay

Blanched asparagus, salted ricotta, pinenuts, salsa verde, lemon

North Shore locals released a communal sigh of relief when Firefly wine and tapas bar opened its funky doors in 2008. The area has long been starved of anywhere decent to eat with locals having to resort to local Thai or Japanese restaurants for a meal out. Finally, the “North Snore” is getting its groove on as other wine bars and restaurants start sprouting up around the area.

One such example is Pony Dining (the cousin of Pony at The Rocks) which opened late last year. Lo and behold, this uber cool establishment is giving local north shore punters a good injection of the type of hospitality they would normally trek across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to find.

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My sister and I took Mum to Pony for her birthday dinner in December. What struck me the most, apart from the all-male (and rather handsome) kitchen and wait staff, was its extraordinary ceiling installation with five kilometres of timber slats that undulates through the long lean space, encapsulating a private dining room, the main dining room, a cocktail bar and a lounge area. Yet another great date restaurant!

The menu is as friendly as the staff with everything from tapas, goodies from the wood-fired grill, entrees, mains and sides. We stuck with the tapas menu on this occasion, but I’m keen to go back and try the spinach and potato gnocchi with woodside goats curd, kalamata olives and pine nuts.

Pony Neutral Bay
No 2, 19 – 25 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
T. 02 9904 3400;

If you like the sound of Pony Dining, you might also like The Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach.


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  1. Robyn Spender / Jan 13 2011 5:23 am

    Lucky Faye!!

  2. amyjmcintosh / Jan 13 2011 7:56 am

    We like to spoil the birthday girl. She deserves it. ­čÖé

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