Review of Norsk Dor
Sydney’s small bar scene shows no signs of slowing down and that’s perfectly fine with us. We love the quirky and unique venues that keep popping up all over town. From honky tonk saloon bars, to whisky bars, to New Orlean tiki bars, there’s a bar to suit all moods and all tastes. One of the things we love most about the small bar scene is the friendly and down to earth service you are sure to receive. They really have changed the hospitality landscape in Sydney for the better.
Norsk Dor (which means North Door) is brought to us by the guys behind Uncle Mings, a 1930’s Hong Kong themed underground small bar on York Street. They’ve chosen a Nordic theme for Norsk Dor and created a space which transforms you straight to Scandinavia. That is if you can find the entrance…
The address is 70 Pitt Street, but the entrance is via a silver door, next door to the Batch Sandwich and Espresso Bar and virtually opposite Mejico. Enter the non-descript hallway, descend the stairs and eventually you will arrive at a second door. Open that door and you will be rewarded with a warm industrial space, with vertical gardens, rich woods, soft lighting and furs draped over chairs. It’s an impressive and welcoming sight and feels cosy, almost as if you are in a log cabin.
Stephen Byrne and his team are behind the hospitality and they’ll take good care of you. One thing to note is this is almost more of a restaurant than a bar. You can expect to be seated at a table or at the bar if you prefer to watch the magic happening.
Now, lets get to the food and drinks.
Chef Damien Domineco was inspired by his time working in Sweden where he developed a love of quality produce and ingredients and a simplicity of cooking to allow those to shine. Norsk Dor‘s set menu will change daily according to the best available produce with wine pairings offered.
You might like to start with Nordic style breads, for entree maybe the bone marrow with rye and Akvavit and you can’t go past the smoked eel with cauliflower (our favourite dish of the night). For mains, the Venison sampler with root vegetables, fennel, berry and carrot won our vote or maybe you might prefer the cured king fish with red currants and all spiced kipfler.
They are open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday. A bar menu is offered for late night dining.
In terms of the drinks, they’ve embraced Scandinavian favourites such as Akvavit, which they serve icy cold. Plus, they’ve created their own signature cocktail list, one of the standout choices being the Ron Zacapa – 23 rum, smoked coffee, orange. But, beware there are only a limited amount of these drinks available! The barmen are serious about their drinks and they’re also more than happy to mix you up your own bespoke cocktail or make one of the classics should you wish. Beer lovers will also be interested in discovering their offerings from Breakaway Brewing Co.
We think Norsk Dor is a welcome addition to Sydney’s small bar scene. With its warm atmosphere, friendly service and stellar food and drinks – we think it’s a winner. In fact, we can’t wait to return!
Address: 70 Pitt Street, Sydney (entrance via silver door next to Batch Sandwich and Espresso Bar)
Hours: Lunch – Mon – Fri – 11.30am – 3pm / Dinner – Mon – Sat – 5 – 10pm / Bar & Bar Menu – Mon – Fri – 11.30am – 12 am / Sat – 5am – 12pm
Website: Norsk Dor
* Urban Chic Guides was invited to dine on this visit as guests of Norsk Dor. All thoughts and words are the authors own and reflect their true and honest opinion. For more information about our Editorial Policy, click here.