Poly

4.5
46 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Poly is a walk-in wine bar by Mat Lindsay and the team from Ester.

We take limited reservations at selected times but save the majority of our seats for walk-ins. If you cant find a reservation online please give us a call or walk in!

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MF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the variety of food served and our waiting staff were very helpful. It was a very busy night yet we didn't have to wait long at all. the wine was list is excellent.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere and food was sensational. Just got a shock when one of the pepper varieties on the plate of peppers was exceptionally hot for my tastebuds- my partner loved that variety though.

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AB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very cool space. Welcoming. And cool and original drink list. Wines that I have never seen on other wine list. Excellent service and knowledgeable staff. The food however was a little disappointing. Lacking flavours (King Prawns), and the steak (small plate) was tough and hard to chew. The Gouda donut sounded interesting, but was just way too greasy. On the other hand, the best garlic bread that I have ever had and good Kangaroo jerky. Prices are high as well. Would go back for a drink. But not for the food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good value for a fine dining establishment. Creative menu. Maybe indicate the classic cocktails available.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

most wait staff were ambivalent, leaned over us to pour wine, serve drinks.
Had to try to catch eye to place orders.
Even when we first sat down all we were asked was did we want water, not anything else like a glass of bubbles etc.
Food was average
Good wine list though most bottles over $100
the female wait staff a the time was very good
best food was the burger
overpriced
id go for a drink and maybe a bar snack again but that would be it

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NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and service. It won’t disappoint. Great spot to forget whatever you don’t like in life.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service from our lovely waitress who made great recommendations of wine and food.

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H
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Had high hopes as a sister restaurant to Ester, but was let down.

- we placed dietary requirements in the reservation, but server wasn't aware
- had to ask for our first drink order
- the potatoes (what we were looking forward to) sold out on a Saturday at 6.30pm (?!). Tables around us had them, we apparently missed out
- an allergen we specified to be excluded came in a dish that was served

I hope this was an exception rather than the rule... but definitely not in the same league as Ester which we love (... albeit at the same price point!)

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DR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue and food. Amazing service - wait staff were attentive yet relaxed. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service food made with care top quality ingredients

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool wine bar, amazing wine list and good service. Love the concrete vibe. And so close to Golden Age Cinema!

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting at the bar tasting quite a lot of the menu. Everything was delicious and perfect for 2 to share. Seamless service, a lovely early birthday evening for me with a good friend. Thank you!

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Z
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great time. Enjoyed everything. Wine list is phenomenal with food to match. Service was discrete but attentive.

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WW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very different menu and a wine list that really pushes boundaries. Staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. Has a wine bar vibe, but really shines when approached as a multi-course restaurant. Save Poly for when you have a few hours to really push the boat out. Top courses - pig's ear, flatbread, blood pie. I wouldn't order the crudites - beautiful vegetables but condiments eh.

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RV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That pipi dish was cray

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Melbourne and loved the sister restaurant Ester so I thought I’d give Poly a go! We opted to sit at the bar, the staff were very accommodating and friendly and the menu is short but sweet. All the dishes were delicious and beautifully presented, it was clear that only the best and freshest produce had been used. My only criticism is that it felt a little expensive, but it was definitely worth it. We will definitely be back!

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P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! Just the service was not wonderful. Staff seemed uninterested. We wanted to order more drinks and they could not see us trying to wave them down, more than once. But the food more than made up for this!

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NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place !

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The murray cod! omg and the Anchovy toast..! seriously good- love the sake list!
Would really like to see more wines by the glass - why not ? Such a good range ; )

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Poly’s ‘big sister’ Ester is great. We were hoping that Poly would be of the same ilk. Unfortunately, both the food and service were underwhelming.
The food was over salted and there really wasn’t any cohesion in the dishes. They looked good, but were fairly plain in taste. The fish was not cleaned properly and part of it had a very unpleasant taste.
The staff were friendly, but took a long time to take our order and serve our dishes- were saw them ready at the pass, but they were there for quite a while.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Foods there are wonderful, however, the service was not very desirable. i always need wait long to be serviced . the waitress attitude was good that is why i still end up with tipping her.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks for a great meal! Would definitely recommend to friends. Easy going atmosphere with good food.

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k
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Incredibly tasteful and well articulated menu and wine list. Love the open fire cooking. Expected the service would be a touch less casual or perhaps more intuitive and suggestive, but great nevertheless. Will be back!

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MP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food wine and knowledgeable service. Would recommend this to anyone who wanted a great experience with great value for money

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T
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding
Came here for a birthday and did not disappoint, staff were friendly and after the back of visiting ester many times and loving it, poly did not fall off the mark or reputation of ester and i would easily say it was on par
Great times

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, fabulous wine list and attentive service. Thumbs up.

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MR
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good wine options, delicious food!!

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JW
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came as a party of 7 and were incredibly impressed. Having been a huge fan of Ester we wanted to see if Poly was in the same league - and it certainly was! we asked our waitress to "just feed us" which she did brilliantly.
We had a couple of UK guests with us from London and they were too very impressed.

Without question we will be back ...however whilst I recognise that Poly is a wine bar - please could a few more choices of beer be offered!?

Congratulaitons on a superb dining experience with outstanding unique food

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V
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great wine list especially natural wine lovers. Amazing food for a wine bar too. Will definitely be back

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KG
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food. Good service, a little noisy but it comes with territory. Will be back.

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EC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to take friends out to celebrate their recent engagement. Limited but delicious menu that we just shared over a great bottle of wine. Looking forward to the next occasion to celebrate to come back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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KO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem was the very limited number of beers on offer, otherwise food, wine &service was outstanding

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VO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but we had a fantastic waiter who was passionate and knowledgeable about the food and wine.

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E
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and venue was great. The food was good, but most definitely overpriced. Understand that it is a wine bar, so by all means great for that. We made the mistake of going there for dinner. $24 for a piece of paté on its own without bread, so we had to order bread separately for another $12. Although the food was good, it wasn’t extraordinary and didn’t justify the extremely steep price. In terms of a dining experience, you could get much more for your money elsewhere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Every request was too hard, no quality of service.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was great for a nice meal. The beef tartar with the grilled cheese was super clever and tasty! The octupus was my favorite! The desserts didn’t impress as much, they just had something missing in them. Overall really nice experience.

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NB
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We dined on a Sun evening. It wasn't busy, menu was already limited but key chicken dish and key salad had sold out leaving very few options. When we moved from cocktails to wine, the white wine was taken away from table to go into a communal ice bucket and we had to ask for the glasses to be filled. The waiter then suggested he just leave the white on the table getting warm so he didn't have to monitor our glasses!!!!. Not even close to the service or quality of Ester. Food was good but tiny portions for the price. Overall not the experience we expected or were hoping for.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt Lindsay has a Brilliant team providing delicious creative food with a menu that keeps you guessing, sparks conversation and leaves you thinking about and wanting the dishes days later. Let Julian choose a wine for you. He’s s master !!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good, wine was great, but portions were small and service was patchy.

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