Darlo Country Club sits in ex-victoria room ex-the chalet (which was rather fun) and brings to the space this hampton/country poshness with its deep wide booths (great for birthday/ big groups), leather settes, wingbacks, elm green rafters and floor staff wearing tennis court sports wear. Following on from the rather popular and fun The Chalet (with bartenders all decked out in checquered flannels), Darlo Country Club with its thumping tunes and somewhat silly uppercrust venue nails it on all fronts – from the superb service, great drinks and solid eats.
Entry stairs up to DCC is all pink and golds. It is very fancy and the sense of arrival is quite tangible.
A look across the venue – Some of the largest booths we’ve seen sits about 15-18; and would make for great group gatherings and also for that girls night out. The fitout is country club and done just right. Big tables, clusters of seating – all this in the large space here. It’s also table service which means everything comes to you and you can really just spend the evening comfortably lazing away in the leather settes while your eats, drinks and cocktails come your way.
Eton Fizz $17
L Caddyshack ($18) El Flamenco Rosado ($18)
A bevy of their drinks: Across the cocktails we had tonight, impressions: approachable, appealingly presented and finished, also rather tasty and a damn good time. Of note: the Mango Colada is dished up in a real cocount and itself a nice pleasing fruity number; perfect summer drinking. It’s a throwback in our minds to the coconut drink we had in The Victoria Room, similarly served up in a coconut. Their Howard Hughes marries the billionaire drink with an airmail cocktail -and we rather liked it. Bubbarita, their bubblegum flavoured cocktail is a funny blue party drink. Their cocktail list is rather extensive with a robust selection of 10-15. Its a good time that’s for sure as across the range, these were handily party time favourites and a great way to kick into the friyeahs.
Chargrilled Moroccan Chicken
The DCC Lobster and truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese
3x sliders for $15
Off of their food menu – we had their sliders (larger than some; not quite a burger) and $15 nets you the 3 burgers. We opted for 2x Wagu black truffle beef and their fish burger with rustic tartar. The third option is a Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket with blue cheese. They’re nice and tasty and a good snackable bite with the drinks. If you just ate these: you’d be full on the 3 sliders. Not bad for $15.
Chargrilled Moroccan Chicken ($18) is a great value option with plenty of pieces of charred chicken thigh – smokey and delicious and working rather well with the Moroccan flavours and influences on the plate. Packed full of flavour. We expected a salad of sorts but this was pretty meaty and filling. The DCC Lobster Truffle Mac and cheese ($24) is their signature dish and its pretty damn great. Good size serve of mac and cheesy – suitably cheesy but its the truffle and morsels of lobster flesh and the sweetness in the lobster that makes this dish so delicious. We could have easily asked for seconds for this. The DCC menu also extends to classic bar food like crispy calamari, olives, sourdough and tapenade, paella arancinis. A bit posher is their ceviche and confit duck leg. Also here, a sliced scotch fillet main.
Darlo Country Club was fully booked this Friday when we popped in for our visit. They’re obviously hitting the zeitgeist with their space, fitout and vibes. We really dug this and see this being a bit of a Friday Night out institution in Sydney. Real good. A favourite.