Ms G’s has risen from the ashes (not literally) of Sydney’s nightlife history – in the 1970’s, this was the nightclub to go to – Arthurs. It’s still a multi-level cavernous space overlooking Woolloomooloo – on the entry level, you look out through floor to celling windows to trees with the city in the background – I always feel it’s like being in the jungle.
In line with what seems common Sydney restaurant practice (forgetting about what us diners want) Ms Gs doesn’t take bookings – so we decided to arrive early. Just after 6.00pm and the place was already pretty much full but we scored a table in the street level dining area.
The food here is modern Asian – inspired by David Chang’s Momofuku food style – which really means another attempt at fusion – with small dishes designed to share. We shared a couple of Ms G’s classics – grilled corn cobs with parmesan and lime followed by Mini bánh mì (really mini burgers) – we went for crisp pork belly. Both a good introduction to Ms G’s approach. A couple of us also tried crispy sweetbreads with coriander salsa verde – subtle flavour that worked well with the salsa.
Our choices for the more substantial mains; grilled butterflied prawns with konbu (Japanese seaweed), lemongrass and lime, grilled beef pancakes with cucumber kimchi and nuoc chum (a Vietnamese dipping sauce) and steamed fish, enoki mushrooms, zucchini flowers. The prawns were succulent and perfectly grilled to retain their juices. The ‘make your own’ pancakes were fun – the beef tasty and juicy.
We decided to skip dessert – however, some odd combinations here like doughnut icecream, peanut butter and bacon.
The verdict – Ms G’s is perfect for a casual meal or a drink in the bar upstairs. Not sure it deserves the attention that it seems to receive from most people as this place is really not about food. Our experience this time was better than their opening week.
Ms G’s Restaurant
155 Victoria St, Potts Point 2011