If you’re after a uniquely Sydney dining experience complete with sweeping harbour vistas, wildlife and the glorious skyline, we’ve got some news for you. Me-Gal Restaurant, located within the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo is opening its doors to the public for the very first time. For the last three years, the restaurant was open exclusively for guests at the zoo’s eco-retreat. Now locals, zoo-goers and travellers get to enjoy a slice of the action from Thursday, March 30 thanks to the Trippas White Group. Guests can expect a snazzy fine dining experience, a lush native bushland setting and stunning harbourside views.
Me-Gal Restaurant, Taronga Zoo
Featuring an Australian menu with a focus on serving fresh, sustainably sourced produce and seasonal treats, Me-Gal promotes a sense of community dining with medium and large platters and an airy, relaxed space.
Menu highlights include stuffed zucchini flowers with wattleseed ricotta, macadamia crumble and butternut squash purée, 12-hour slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder with heirloom carrots, lime and mint and Hawkesbury calamari with a lemon myrtle pear tart. You can also opt for the $120pp seasonal feast for larger groups.
The wine list features classics like Henschke, Penfolds, Yabby Lake, Leeuwin Estate and Oakridge with a focus on Australian producers. Delicious cocktails are also part of the menu featuring native and botanical ingredients and local spirits. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows in its stylish dining room, guests can dine against a backdrop that boasts everything from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the city skyline.
Better yet, since both the retreat and the restaurant have their own entrance, you don’t have to pay the zoo’s entrance fee to dine at Me-Gal.
The restaurant is open for dinner Monday to Sunday and for lunch Thursday to Sunday from midday till late. Snag a table here.