The Grasshopper

Martin O’Sullivan, John Toubia and Belinda W Lai were committed to creating a local neighbourhood eating house and bar in the heart of the Sydney CBD. From this idea, Grasshopper was opened in April 2010. It followed on from the success of their pop-up bar as part of the By George Laneways Festival! 2009, which culminated in a free street party.

Grasshopper is a quirky, individual and humorous space.  There is an overall respect for the environment. From sourcing second hand furniture, wherever possible, to focusing on whole and organic foods and wines, through to being conscious of our waste and recycling.

Since then they have gone on to be voted Best Small Bar of the Year by Australian Bartender Magazine and were awarded both Small Bar of the Year and Small Business of the Year at the City of Sydney Small Business Awards.

A couple of friends and I visited The Grasshopper last night and this is what we ordered for entrèes:

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Steak Tartar.

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Glazed pork belly, pickled turnip.


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Organic hombre chicken, asparagus and parmesan.

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Sherry glazed lamb, barrel aged feta, peas and mint.

And for the greatest part of the night…dessert!


Valhrona chocolate and peanut butter fondant, strawberries and milo.

As for wine, we ordered the “2011 Barton & Guestier, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc – Cote de Gascogne, France”, which we all highly recommend.


1 Temperance Lane,
Sydney NSW 2000
(click to view map)
(02) 9947 9025

Operational hours:

Monday – Wednesday and Saturday 4pm until late
Thursday & Friday 12PM until late

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Founder of SMF, Elias spends most of his time travelling the world, attempting to become the first Lebanese surfer and rocking the white pant + double breasted blazer combo.