The Rook: Sydney’s hidden rooftop cherry blossom bar

The Rook, Sydney rooftop bar

Sydney’s hidden rooftop bar, The Rook nestled above the busy CBD streets, has transformed into an awe-inspiring Cherry Blossom Garden taking influence from Japan’s most talked about season. The Japanese inspired pop-up will offer a range of exclusive dining experiences until 31 May, taking guests on a cultural journey and immersing them in the springtime tradition of Hanami.

On entry, you will step into the Cherry Blossom Garden through a beautiful, bright pink floral installation, taking you right into the heart of Japan’s sakura season. You are then invited to completely immerse yourself within the pastel pink pop-up and feast upon the newly curated dishes, all whilst sitting under a canopy of flowers in the Japanese-style garden.

Must try bites: Loaded Gyoza with furikake, tonkatsu sauce, kewpie and bonito flakes; Pork Katsu with bitchin’ slaw and golden curry; Soft Shell Crab Burger with wasabi mayo and Japanese slaw; and Black Sesame Cheesecake. You won’t be dissapointed (casually licks fingers).

Ok , lets talk about the bar team. They have curated a Japanese cocktail list for the season, inspired by traditional flavours and ingredients.

Cocktails: Sake It To Me – Sake, Sukura Vermouth, Lychee, Lime and Mint; Gorgeous Geisha – Roku Gin, Sake and Vanilla Chai Tea Syrup; Hello Kitty –  Jinzu Gin, Cherry Blossom Syrup and Lime; and Wasabi Pea Old Fashioned – Fuyu Whiskey, Sakura Vermouth, Wasabi Syrup and Plum Bitters.

Along with the refreshed food and drinks menu, The Rook is also offering two exclusive Japanese weekly specials:

Wednesday – Bottomless Dumplings and Jazz
Yes, you read right! Each Wednesday night throughout March to May, friends can feast on the Bottomless Dumplings (2 meals in one…sorted) for only $20pp, all to be enjoyed whilst listening to the live jazz set. For those that feel thirsty and want a little extra, there is an option to add an hour and a half of bottomless Kirin or Rose for a total of $49pp. I expect a phone call as your third wheel

Saturday – Cherry Blossom Bottomless Brunch
Make the most of the weekend with the Cherry Blossom Bottomless Brunch, which includes a five course Japanese-style sharing menu. Dishes include Karaage Chicken Bites with Golden Curry Mayo and Japanese Loaded Fries, complemented by two hours of bottomless rose. Available each Saturday from 12pm, for $49pp. Yep, still here for that invitation.

Located on York Street, The Rook is the perfect venue to unwind for after-work cocktails or a weekend brunch, taking in the views of the skyline by day and stars through the atrium-style retractable rooftop, by night.

Itadakimasu / Kanpai (good eating and cheers in Japanese)

The Rook
Level 7/56-58 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
For boookings: +61 2 8322 2008 | online |
Opening Hours: Mon 4pm – midnight, Tues-Sat 12pm – midnight


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