The Rook – really I think its best described as a barn like roof top space. Part of the Keystone group, its located at the top of the 58-68 York Street business complex – you enter via a early 1990′s elevator and head up to The Rook. The space in the daytime is light filled and barn chic.

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On the street side, this what you see, its unassuming and you really can’t tell The Rook is here – gotta be in the know. Jugs + Co dropped in for a arvo lunch. The trip up is in a rather meagre looking office elevator that services floors of language school of the ilk. Its sort of at odds with the destination.therook-2

worn timber, rustic eclectic mix of furniture adding to the ho down barn aesthetics. Its quite nice. Shafts of light coming through. A glance at the menu offered at The Rook. Its Burgers and Lobster you guys. Price guide demonstrates some price creep -$20 burgers and $50 half lobsters don’t make it too lunch crowd friendly.

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Bit of a booth there.

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Bar adjoining the dining space. The Rook is a bar at night and from the look of things, quite possibly a really nice one. Everything’s there. Its got oodles of character and looks great.

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Waygu Beef burger with Truffle fries. Nice thick cut chips.

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Lamb burger with kumera crisps. I preferred the chips to these crisps. They just seemed oily.

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Chicken Burger, again with Truffle fries.

We dropped in for lunch – the Rook it should be noted isn’t open Monday/Tuesday – but will be from Wednesdays onwards for your arvo lunch. We all had burgers and happy to report that food was good enough for the $20 you spent on it. But otherwise, not really too special. Truffle oil is a bit of acquired taste – its got that quality to it that you either like or don’t. I actually think its a lot nicer here than it is at C+Co. For a city lunch, The Rook is well placed and a tad off the beaten track. Don’t mind it really. Service was pleasant and brisk. Something different from your takeaway lunch. its not fine dining nor is it a foodhall eat either. Check this out at Level R, 56-58 York Street.

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  1. Evelyn

    They also do amazing cocktails with really cute, interactive garnishes. I had the Calligraphy cocktail which comes with a feather quill & “ink pot” (food colouring) that you can draw on your drink with! Good fun. :D

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