Good afternoon everyone, the following post is a guest post from my friend Jeff. He recently traveled to Sydney, Australia, and sent me this very interesting post. Warning, if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you will probably want to skip this post. Without further ado, take it away Jeff!
On a recent trip to Sydney, I made it a mission to try Kangaroo meat prepared in as many ways as I could. This obviously isn’t something you come across frequently in the States and, to my surprise, wasn’t something dotting the menus throughout Sydney either. With my smartphone as my guide, I was able to track down a few, and to varying degrees, was delighted by my findings.
Moo Gourmet Burgers is a small restaurant chain in Sydney. I believe there are at least 4 locations throughout the city that prepare a variety of beef burgers and a nice list of specialty burgers including a duck and bacon burger, lamb burger, and of course, a kangaroo burger. Fries (chips), salads, smoothies, and Moo Brew beer are also available. I made my stop at the Newtown location for lunch.
This was my first experience eating kangaroo and I really enjoyed it. Though the toppings are the thing that really made this burger. The meat, prepared well done (not by choice), was a little dry and could have been beef and the burger would have been just as good. Burger came topped with caramelized onions, tomato, homemade mayo, rocket (arugula), and beetroot relish on the bottom. I wish places here in the US offered beetroot relish as a condiment. I don’t believe I’ve run into that before this trip and it seems almost a ubiquitous offering in Sydney. Wash it all down with the Moo Brew Pilsner. Definitely worth a quick stop at one of their locations for lunch while wandering the city.
My Roo Rating: 3/5 Roos
The Australian Heritage Hotel, a pub located in The Rocks, is known for its pizzas. The varieties are eclectic and they offer duck, lamb, prawn, and a Pepper Kangaroo pizza. Since I was ordering a pizza for myself, I thought I would get The Coat of Arms, a half kangaroo and half emu pizza, just to give that a try. The pizza came out topped with marinated meat, tomato, peppers, and drizzled with a lemon flavored mayo. A sauce drizzle was a common feature of pizzas I saw in the city, and to be honest, is not something I’m a fan of. I’d much rather dip a slice in a sauce then have it added for me. You can tell from the photos that Emu and Kangaroo meat are indistinguishable from one another when cooked this way.
I found the pizza to be more of a novelty than anything. It tasted fine, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t really tell much of a difference between the meats or toppings because the mayo drizzle over powered much of the flavor. If you go, ask for the mayo on the side, if you want to get the full flavor of the kangaroo and emu.
My Roo Rating: 2/5 Roos
The Meat & Wine Co. has several locations in Sydney. I made my way to Circular Quay. The restaurant in the lobby of the InterContinental Sydney. Apart from steakhouse favorites, they have a large selection of flame-grilled skewers and, among them, kangaroo served with chips. I ordered medium-rare as suggested. I’ve had skewers at other restaurants before but I have never had them served this way. The roo hung above the plate of chips, skewer keeping the meat warm. Each piece removed one at a time and just as hot and delicious as the last. Finally, I could taste the kangaroo without flavor distraction. The fried potatoes a perfect crunch and complement. The restaurant has a large selection of wines to pair and the staff were able to make great recommendations. If you’re looking to try some kangaroo while in Sydney, The Meat & Wine Co. is a must dine.
My Roo Rating: 5/5 Roos
The Dining Room was situated inside my hotel (Park Hyatt Sydney) and I was thrilled to see a kangaroo dish on their menu. I didn’t have a reservation but the maître d’ found a spot for me, a table for one. As I said, apart from just trying lots of kangaroo, I wanted to try kangaroo prepared in different ways and The Dining Room offered a hand cut Darling River kangaroo tartar. I’ve always been a fan of beef and tuna tartar, so loving this was easy. Served with a quail egg and a potato beignet, the dish was light and refreshing. The restaurant is directly across the water from the Sydney Opera House which elevates the experience. If you’re staying at the Park Hyatt Sydney or nearby, drop in and see if they have availability. If not make a reservation for another time, the other food is great too.
My Roo Rating: 5/5 Roos
King Street Brewhouse is situated on the promenade at Kings Street Wharf overlooking Darling Harbor. They have a large outdoor dining area, but it is a sports bar and they had football on so I took a table inside. The roo on this menu was simple; a grilled kangaroo filet, medium-rare, with sweet potato mashed potatoes, broccoli, and a red wine jus. Unfortunately, the meat was cooked unevenly, with half the filet overcooked and chewy. The parts that were medium-rare were fantastic and came close to being as good as the flame-grilled skewer. The mashed sweet potatoes were very good, but without seasoning, the steamed broccoli, was bland. If the meat was grilled evenly, I’d forgive the presence of broccoli and give the dish 4 roos. It may have just been an off day in the kitchen, so it might still be worth a stop if you’re by the wharf.
My Roo Rating: 3/5 Roos
A short kangaroo hop from the Park Hyatt Sydney, with views of the harbor and opera house, is the Waterfront restaurant. Serving a range of seafood, steaks, and pizzas beneath covered outdoor seating, the Waterfront’s kangaroo loin fillet & crocodile tail medallions called my name as I strolled by. The dish comes with jus, potatoes au gratin, tomatoes, and herb butter. I had never eaten crocodile, so I was excited at the prospect of trying both meats at the same time. The crocodile was tasty, though a bit tough, but was enjoyable nonetheless. The kangaroo loin was a perfect medium-rare and seasoned very well. If I had not tried the skewer at The Meat & Wine Co. I would certainly give this 5/5, as that dish set a bar for grilled kangaroo that will be hard to beat. Definitely worth a stop for lunch or dinner if you’re in the neighborhood craving a couple of native Australian species on the same plate.
My Roo Rating: 4/5 Roos
7) Bonus Roo – Kangaroo Jerky
If you’re reading this on the way to the Sydney airport, don’t fear! In the duty free shops at the airport, you can find your absolute last resort when it comes to eating kangaroo. Jerky! Tough, no matter what it says, chewy, spiced to death jerky, right at the airport!
My Roo Rating: 2/5 Roos
Thank you Jeff for that great tour of Kangaroo options around Sydney. I have never been to Sydney or eaten Kangaroo, so both of these are on my to-do / to-eat list. If you have had Kangaroo meat in Sydney, please share your experience below. Are there any restaurants in Sydney that serve Kangaroo that Jeff missed? Please share your thoughts below. Have a great day everyone!