The Lemon Tree Springs Up

When life gives you lemons, you use them for the inspiration behind a casual chic eatery in Australia Square. Or at least, that’s what Sydney’s new The Lemon Tree did.

Tucked into a corner behind the boozy crowds congregating at Ryan’s Bar is this gem. Just look for the bright white awnings and of course, the lemon trees.

Bringing a little bit of the Hamptons luxe usually found in the east to the city is pure genius. The brains behind the scenes are Tim Holmes a Court, Daimon Downey and Kate McMahon – ex-Pelicano Bar and Catalina, these guys know their stuff and they’re bringing the best of their know-how right to the heart of the CBD.

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The Lemon Tree’s southern Italian vibe is so strong you’d expect to find lemoncello and giant lemons being sold by the door a la Sorrento and Positano. Instead you’ll find them squeezed into a smooth Lemon Tree Martini. The Campari and Aperol Negronis take us right back to the Italian seaside. Then there’s the wine list with plenty of Italian drops to choose from. Grab a seat outside on the very fringe at one of the high tables for a tipple or two. There’s Prosecco and French Champagne on the menu too.

Head inside, where it’s fresh and sleek, for lunch or dinner. Ex-Catalina chef Peter Streckfuss sends out dishes hot and fast – and you won’t be in a carb coma afterwards. This is light, fresh and flavoursome fare with plenty of seasonal produce – think asparagus, sea salt and lemon, Sydney rock oysters and Cone Bay barramundi with fennel, blood orange and parsley.

This is a taste of Italy that reminds us of summer. Antipasti, insalata caprese, melt in your mouth ragu tagliatelle and perhaps a little lemon tart for dessert and you’re done. 

The Lemon Tree
Australia Square Piazza
Corner Pitt and Bond St, Sydney 2000
(02) 9241 1685

About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.


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