Poly

4.5
119 reviews
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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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GL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointing. Great reviews so expectation high. Unfortunately the reality didn't live up to the hype. On the good side, the food was tasty and well cooked, the wine was good and the vibe, while noisy and a bit stuffy, was hip. On the bad side, some of the dishes had sold out and when the food portions eventually came, they were on the small side and consequently felt overpriced for what they were. This could have been a result of the main issue: the deception about getting a seat. Meant to be a 'most seats are kept for walk ins' situation however we arrived at 6.45 pm and were told we couldn't be seated until 8pm because their other restaurant had burned down and they needed to accommodate those patrons - but 'we were their top priority'. Okay, fine. Went and had a drink. No text at 8pm, so checked with them - 'very soon'. More drinks. And more drinks. At 9.15 we were seated. Yes, could have gone elsewhere but was with others and they weren't too fussed, especially after a few drinks. Understand their situation but felt we were deceived and it dampened the evening.

BG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful service and attention from Adam and the crew, from the moment we walked in the door. It was a special occasion and the crew made it feel just like it! We were not rushed at any stage (on what was a very busy night) and nothing was a problem, the food was a delight and so were the wines - thank you so much!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was excellent

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was AMAZING!! Very creative and worth to pay for every single dish. Will definitely visit again!

DI
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This is a wine bar masquerading as a restaurant that fails to properly execute either with any resemblance of aplomb. The layout is ill conceived and under manned. With rents as they are in Sydney, you can perhaps forgive the desire to cram as many tables into your diner as is possible. However, to then attempt to take on what would be a large dining space for most restauranteurs with wine bar infrastructure is pure folly.

The excessive amount of tables are jammed together in ridiculously long rows like an Octoberfest pop up. With little to no space immediately behind your seat, expect to be constantly jostled and elbowed in the back as patrons try to negotiate their way past you. Reminded me of an old Micallef Program sketch, a spoof of a mock period drama called Spiffington Manse where the characters can’t move around a room for all the furniture. The wait staff appear to be as equally bemused by the clumsily arranged acres of tables as the diners themselves.

Beyond that, the food on offer from the relatively small menu was quite good, as is the wine list. That said, if a wine bar is what you're after, you can find this type of offering in far more pleasant dining spaces.

m
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Poly, service was very friendly, responsive and engaging but the food was the major stand out - nearly every dish was a delight particularly anchovy toast and the clams - do not miss the clams!

AD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Would go again In a heart beat! The potato was amazing, the flounder phenomenal! The chef and the sommelier were amazing. 10/10 would go again.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and wine. Great service. Will be back for sure.

T
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, beautiful fit out, great staff. Would recommend

C
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Not sure we liked the “canteen-style” lay out, quite cramped and meant you’re continually bumped and pushed past while eating. But other than that - just fantastic food and service!

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

food was ok not great, pricey for what you get. Service was non-existent.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. Average food, nothing really stood out. The waiter serving our table was very attentive until the moment I decided not to leave a tip - he was then quite rude.

L
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my best ever restaurant experiences; long slow glorious time together while we ate astoundingly fabulous food, listened to fabulous music, not too loud and good quality speakers, great staff, kind attentive, really helpful, outstanding wines, so interesting!! It really did create am amaaaazing atmosphere for us

JM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Poly delivered up to high expectations. A great level of detail and thought into each dish and of course an excellent selection of wine. Would definitely return.
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SP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing - food unique and delicious, staff charming, great atmosphere.
Highly recommended

GH
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food generally lovely - the pannacotta was a little disappointing though

HC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, food was excellent - can’t recommend the short ribs enough.

KR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love when I can have a leisurely early wine dinner. Wasn’t rushed at all. Had enough time to try all the dishes I wanted and drink all of the wine. Great service great food. Good vibes.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

One of us had been given a $50 Xmas gift voucher to use at Poly and we were very pleased to have gone there on Monday evening. The place was not full but busy enough to feel we were in a trendy spot. The food was imaginative and tasty and the staff were attentive, professional and knowledgeable. It was fun watching the various dishes being put together.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the sustainable view on food of Poly. Great respect and appreciatie for the dishes served. Beautiful food, great wines and amazing service too. Love it all!

DI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Too expensive - not good value for money (food was average, service was slow)

GD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The most expensive dishes missed the mark with regards to the taste, oysters were overpowered by their dressing, fish was bland and needed seasoning, cheese dumpling onion soup was also a bit bland and the soup was more of a sauce.

Sourdough bread roll and dip was outstanding, as were some vegetables we ordered and the blood orange sourbet was out of this world, we wish we didn't share and ordered a portion each.

If I were to do it again I would order lots of the cheaper dishes as they seemed super delicious.

TK
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poly is one of my favourite bars - it has a great cosmopolitan feel but isn't so noisy that you have to shout to be heard. The food is amazing, every ingredient treated with respect and a joy to the palete. The menu changes often enough to keep me returning regularly. Please never take the steak tartare (in any of the wonderful interactions) off the menu - its heaven!

Friendly staff that are attentive but not in your face, reminded us that one diner had a food allergy by checking in. Wonderful wine recommendations and wine list.

Thank you Poly for another great evening.

CD
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good quick service with good variety food. Drinks not up to expected standard, and expensive.

BW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

the snacks were wonderful (potato, tartare w crispy cheese....) but the mains were not worth it in my opinion.

good spot for some snacks and wonderful selection of drinks.

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing

C
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, very cosy and the food was excellent!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good and excellent service with very knowledgeable staff, however Not as amazing as Ester

SC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Very inventive, tasty food, however incredibly overpriced and poor value for money.

KM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

difficult to get in the front door-tables so close to it
sat next to speaker.....
all dishes were same texture- soft, not chewy, white in colour, a lot of vinegar
we shared 6 dishes but were hungry afterwards

thought a wood fired oven would provide something with more character

and we were not tempted by the desserts

IG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If this is where Modern Australia cuisine is heading then give me more ❤️
The whole experience was one I’ll remember till the next time I dine there

AS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Multiple waiters made us feel over looked & an order was put through by one which we had not ordered, it was a special occasion we were celebrating & we left feeling very underwhelmed.

BD
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding. Fantastic, well-priced wine list and a menu that exceeded expectations. The Potato with salted egg yolk is TO DIE FOR

AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The lamb ribs were 95% fat.
Dessert was burnt.
Service lacked detailed knowledge of both the food and drink menus.
Overrated in general.

HB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poly was excellent, the food and service were both amazing and we will definitely be back!

J
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was expensive but taste was very average. Also couldn't get a wine for under 90, with a single glass being more then a cocktail. Cocktails were more of a shot then a cocktail. We left and went chin chins due to such poor clarity of food and poor wine selection with only selling bottles for 6 times the cost

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We loved it! Lamb ribs and smoked ice cream dessert were winners!

CD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We impromptu went here for dinner the other night and the food was sensational from the beginning to the end. It is a cosy yet stylish venue serving up incredible Italian-esque food that leaves you satisfied and renewed. Delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the highlights of our 2 week Australia/NZ holiday. A must for foodies traveling to Sydney! Bravo.

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smoked milk ice cream and perfect service were definitely highlights!

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