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Australia's Wine List of the Year

We are proud to announce our newest achievement! 🏆

Team SCOB was awarded the rating ”2 Glass (Excellent)“ from Australia‘s Wine List of the Year for the 2022 Awards!

Our delicately selected Wine Menu of 47 Wines accompanies ”Ultra-Fresh seafood […] with a heady array of local Western Australian and international wines“

Australia‘s Wine List of the Year reminisces on a time when “sitting by Circular Quay eating oysters was one of the greatest things to do in Sydney”.
After our relocation, we have heard this one quote a million times “Sydney’s loss is certainly Broome’s gain”.

We are so glad we were able to make an impact on this wonderful town and love seeing our efforts being recognised.
We can’t wait to see what the future brings us for 2022 and beyond.

SCOB is temporarily closed.

To all of our SCOB supporters, thank you for checking in.

The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is temporarily closed.
We have been facing severe staffing shortages over the past weeks and have now reached a point of simply being unable to keep our doors open for the rest of the season. It was an incredibly difficult decision for our team to make and while we worked with plenty of dedication to keep trading, it was just not possible for the end of this season.

On that note, we would like to say a huge Thank You to all of you for your ongoing support throughout the season, as well as the unbelievable amount of empathy we received upon announcing our temporary closure.

Most importantly, this is not the end of SCOB as you know it!
After being forced to leave our prime spot on East Circular Quay in early 2021, we have risen again and we are working hard on doing it again!

We are certainly looking forward into the future from this point so please do stay up to date with our social media channels to learn about our new ventures!

Long Table Dinner 2022- What a success for Team SCOB!

A quote that matches every step we take: "Team work makes the dream work!" and we have to say, catering for the Long Table Dinner 2022 has been a SUCCESS!

On both Friday 2nd September as well as Saturday 3rd, we decided to close the restaurant for two days to be able to have all hands on deck for this magnificent event and oh boy... We surely needed all hands on deck to manage serving 400 people on each of the two nights!

Our event week started on Sunday 28th August, when our previous Head-Chef from Sydney Kris Swiecinski arrived on a plane with 6 of his team-members to help us prepare for a huge week ahead.

The first preps for the Long Table Dinner started on Wednesday were we got to meet star-chef Brendan Pang at Broome Senior High School.
Brendan was leading a Wonton-workshop with the students in order to show them the world of making their very own wontons!
A few hours later, the team of close to 20 students together with Brendan had finished prepping a total of 2100 wontons! What an insane number!

Further preparations for the event continued in the high school's kitchen on Thursday from the morning until late. And then finally, it was Friday! The day we have been preparing for for months.. After spending hours and hours delivering all necessary equipment, set-up, food etc. down to the beach, we were finally ready for a night to remember!

Service began for us at our Oyster Shucking stationed where we welcomed customers for the night ahead. All hands were on deck when the queue almost came up to low tide!

Next up we cooked and plated a full five course menu, packed with the most delicious food Broome town has ever seen and received the most outstanding reviews from all over social media and in-person. Willie Creek Pearls commented on our post: "The food at the Long Table Dinner was first class. You absolutely smashed it!". Others who attended the event labeled our food and service as "The Best Ever".

All in all we are so very grateful to everyone involved in the event. A very special thank you goes out to the Broome Senior High School for letting us prep to the max. The students have been an absolute pleasure to work with, during prep as well as during service. Running meals, clearing plates, carrying boxes and communicating on a mature level with hospitality professionals has not been a problem at all for these legends.

Last but not least... Team Oyster Bar. The local crew in collaboration with our executive chef from Sydney as well as Brendan Pang: YOU.GUYS.SMASHED.IT
14-hour days? Not a problem!
Last minute changes in dietary requirements? Not a problem!
Most importantly, whatever you guys did, you did it with a smile!

What else can we say, we couldn't be more proud of everyone involved and any more grateful to Shinju Matsuri as the organiser.

Team work makes the dream work!

Luke Miller (17)- Winner of the Willie Creek Pearl Meat Cook-Off 2022!

"Winner, winner... Pearl Meat Dinner!" is what our apprentice chef Luke Miller proudly posted on his social media accounts after winning such a very much desired award on Thursday 01/09/2022!

Our 17-year old chef Luke competed at Willie Creek's annual Pearl Meat Cook-Off with an outstanding dish:
Torched pearl meat, on a bed of wakame and green apple salad, dressed with finger lime caviar, sake, chilli and charred lemon.

Luke's very much thought through explanation of the dish: " In my dish I am representing the influence of the Japanese cuisine on the early pearling days in Australia.
Using traditional Japanese ingredients such as Wakame and Sake in conjunction with native indigenous ingredients like finger lime, I am depicting the history of pearling in both Australia and Japan."
"He knows what he's doing!", we thought.

The entire week before the event night, Luke was working hard on perfecting each and every finishing touch to his dish.
There was absolutely no way, to get him our of his prep-kitchen before his dish was curated to perfection.

On the day, Team SCOB arrived to Pearl Luggers to support our apprentice Luke on his big day.
We had high hopes and a lot of trust in the 17-year-old. "He's got this!" we said. We tried our way through all of our 6 competitors' pearl meat dishes and definitely tasted some flavours that we really loved, but at the end of the day we had a clear favourite: Luke Miller from the Oyster Bar of course!

We remember looking up to Luke at his marquee and saw more and more customers queuing up to have a taste of his creation. All hands were on deck when he was fighting to defend the Oyster Bar's title won by Daniel Arthur from the Oyster Bar in 2021.

At the end of the night when star-chef Brendan Pang was announcing this year's winner all eyes were on him. He had tried his way through all pearl meat dishes on the night and despite very rough competition, chose his winner. "Luke Miller from the Oyster Bar!". What a moment to remember for both Luke as well has the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. The combination of sweet notes in conjunction with spice, just as much as those different textures in the dish were just irresistible.

What a huge win for the Oyster Bar and especially for Luke. We cannot say how much it means to us and Luke to have brought another title home.
There was definitely reason to celebrate with a beautiful dinner at the Oyster Bar afterwards.
Thank you Willie Creek Pearls for letting us be part of this beautiful afternoon and a huge thank you to Brendan as well.

Good Job, Lukie!

The Prime Minister dined at the Oyster Bar!

On Sunday 07/09/2022 we had the great pleasure to host Anthony Albanese, Australia's Prime Minister, at the Oyster Bar.

It was definitely one memorable moment when on one of our biggest nights of the year, two security officers made their way to the restaurant and said something barely believable to our GM Roman Palovic: "The Prime Minister will be dining with you tonight, can we please arrange two tables of two?"
"You sure can!" was definitely the only appropriate response to such a great honour!

We have to admit, we were quite nervously expecting his arrival, but once Mr. Albanese stepped foot into the restaurant we simply did what we do best: Provide excellent customer service and deliver the best food Broome has to offer!

The Prime Minister of course, did not miss out on our specialty: Coffin Bay Pacific Oysters. Afterwards he very much enjoyed more starters and mains and clarified that he, very thoroughly, enjoyed everything he tried off the menu. Good Job, kitchen team!
Customer service, delivered by the wonderful Courtney Macleod, also was an absolute success!

Anthony Albanese, being the humble gentleman he is, also did not hesitate to let our team take some pictures with him. Our local Broome youth, that has helped in so many ways to build and maintain the image of SCOB in Broome, has even gotten their very own shot with him. What a special opportunity for our locals... Not everyone can say that they've got their very own picture with the Prime Minister!

Thank you Mr. Albanese for a night that will not so soon be forgotten about!

Australia's wine list of the year awards 2021

We're proud to announce our achievement of being awarded the rating “2 Glass (Excellent)” from Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2021 with our wine list. We can't help to compare this award winning list with our previous years efforts. While there used to be more than 150 wines on our Sydney wine list, Broome's limited resources and high freight costs have seen our list reduced to 36 wines. That said this award is a great example that even a limited wine list can can be deemed excellent if the wines are well selected and matched to a menu.

The judges reviewed us as per the following:

“After more than 30 years on the waterfront at Circular Quay, this iconic seafood restaurant is now situated at Broome's Cable Beach having moved much of its equipment and staff across country. It's a compact but thoughtfully constructed international wine list: there's a balance between the local Western Australian wines, those from the East and New Zealand; as well as value for money Europeans. By the glass, there's a decent choice of wines that are sympathetic with the food. With four beers on tap and a good range of spirts, everyone seems catered for.”

Free from COVID shackles, Broome is in the midst of a new dining boom

With less than six months of service in Broome under its belt, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has also made waves in town.

The renowned seafood restaurant was originally based in New South Wales, but lost the tender on the land at Circular Quay after 33 years of service.

Owner Phil Thompson had been living in Broome for 12 years, flying back and forth every few weeks, so when news broke the restaurant would have to move, the Kimberley seemed like a natural fit.

“I like the lifestyle over here, so when I had the opportunity to move the restaurant over I thought let’s just do it, if I’m ever going to do it this will be the season,” he said.

“I took a punt on this restaurant without even stepping inside the kitchen, I got my wife to walk around and video it on the phone.

“And I was fortunate to have 16 of my staff offer to follow me 4000km across the country.”

It’s now up and running in Cable Beach, and Mr Thompson said the positive feedback had been overwhelming.

After the restaurant recently picking up the award for Best Seafood Restaurant in WA and winning the Pearl Meat Cook-Off, Mr Thompson said the victories were a nice reward for effort.

“We have worked bloody hard at it and really got stuck in and had a red hot go,” he said.

The menu boasts local WA produce including threadfin salmon, Cone Bay barramundi, Akoya oysters, Shark Bay seafood and Albany rock oysters.

Mr Thompson said Sydney Cove was passionate about the community, having employed several children from Broome Senior High School as oyster shuckers and cold larder people.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar wins Broome pearl meat cook-off, Masterchef alumni Maya Veit claims people’s choice

An ex-Circular Quay institution has capped off a whirlwind entrance to the Broome dining scene by winning the coveted Willie Creek Pearl Meat Cook-off trophy on Thursday night.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar’s chef-de-partie Daniel Arthur was last night crowned champion pearl meat chef at an intimate evening at Willie Creek’s Pearl Luggers store in Chinatown.

Six local chefs competed for the title, including Huw Barwell who was representing defending champions Harvest Cafe.

Mr Arthur and his team put together an earth-inspired serving morsel with a finger-licking smoky date puree, mildly pickled eschallots and a crispy fried kale which added an electric pop of colour.

“I love this style of service — it is beautiful to just connect with people and share your food,” Mr Arthur said.

“That to me is so comforting.

“I really wanted to get away from the restaurant and connect back to the earth, being in Broome, and just take the seafood Broome knows well and connect it with a smoky charred earthy vegetable flavour.”

Sydney Cove left their historic Circular Quay premise where they had operated from for 33 years and moved to Broome at the start of the 2021 dry season.

The West Australian

Tom Zaunmayr

Broome Advertiser

Fri, 3 September 2021

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar goes Great Gatsby for heritage Broome Shinju Matsuri feast

After Rob Broadfield's food review in July, we are featuring again in The West Australian with our recent event Pearl Masters Dining Experience.

“Sydney Cove Oyster Bar goes Great Gatsby for heritage Broome Shinju Matsuri feast"

"An evening of glitz and glamour descended on Broome for the very first Pearl Masters dining experience at the town’s recently re-homed Sydney Cove Oyster Bar this week.

With nods to the beloved F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and its many film adaptations, The Great Gatsby theme came to life in spectacular fashion with both waitstaff and guests adorning beautiful pearls while being entertained by the talented Jamie Jackett and her band-of-five.

The menu, drawing inspiration from the Shinju Matsuri festival’s celebration of Broome’s rich multicultural history, saw dumplings, pearl meat and red snapper paired with wines from across Australia in a tantalising taste bud experience which again proved the restaurant deserving of their recent ‘Best Seafood Restaurant in WA’ award.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar owner Phil Thompson said the exclusive night, which would only sit two more times during the festival, was born out of the desire to join the Shinju Matsuri Festival activities .

“Realising that Shinju was the festival of the pearl, we thought taking the menu back to what Broome would’ve been like in the 20s when the pearl luggers would roll into town and had a big feast at the pearl master’s house would be appropriate,” he said.

“The idea was looking at what they would’ve eaten in those days and adapting our menu to reflect that — the Japanese and Malay influences combined with a bit of Broome.

“We started to think what else was the 20s about. It was music and glamour, sort of Great Gatsby-esque, and while that might not have been exactly what was happening in Broome, everyone was feasting and dressed up, just having a celebration of what was hopefully a successful pearl season.”

The evening began with house made prawn and pork dumplings served in a mix of black rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and chilli oil, followed by some local Willie Creek pearl meat carpaccio with a hint of Malaysian curry paste.

A somewhat surprising watermelon sashimi was next up, proving hard to distinguish from tuna in both sight and texture after being marinated for hours.

A different take on a Broome favourite fish soup saw a generous serving of red snapper in clear Chinese style broth, before the premium, melt-in-your-mouth MBS7+ wagyu sirloin with lotus root and miso glaze topped the mains off.

Guests were then treated to a petit chocolate four with matcha cream to end the night.

Aside from the the fantastic food, perfect service and jovial entertainment, a best dressed prize, won by Tracey Gilchrist at the first sitting, saw guests congratulated for joining the theme and looking the part."

Sam Jones, 24 August 2021

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar won the Best Seafood Restaurant prize in WA

"New Broome restaurant tops seafood stakes in national hospitality award"

"Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has continued its story of success, being named one of WA’s best restaurants despite moving themselves and 17 staff across the country to continue operating.

Awarded the Best Seafood Restaurant in WA at the recent Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence, Sydney Cove seems to have made an impact less than half-a-year since first opening to WA patrons.

Held in each State, the awards see more than 280 judges provide feedback to the State judge chairs. 

In last year’s NSW award, the restaurant was nominated in three categories — the most of any restaurant — and won the coveted People’s Choice which tallies all votes for a restaurant to find the best.

A recent glowing review of the restaurant by The West Australian’s food editor Rob Broadfield said the restaurant had not lost its touch, despite the 4000km move.

“Smooth, confident, informed, friendly but not in your face, anticipatory and, wait for it, professional,” he said.

Broadfield said despite the “low-key” decor making the restaurant look like a backyard shed inside, it was “without a doubt” now the finest restaurant in Broome.

“Good food. Great service. No fuss, super-casual ambience. Sydney’s loss is Broome’s gain. Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has raised the bar in Broome. It’s absolutely, positively, utterly delightful,” he said."

Rob Broadfield's latest review in The Western Australian

Rob Broadfield: "Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is Broome's best bar none"

"You can tell there’s a Sydney hospo crew at Broome’s oddly named Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. The service! My god, the service. Smooth, confident, informed, friendly but not in your face, anticipatory and, wait for it, professional. Broome’s service standards are improving, but Sydney Cove’s service levels are unlike anything Broome has seen before.

The extraordinary backstory to the creation of the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar goes some way to explaining why it stands out like a sore thumb in Broome. It traded for 33 years from a heritage building at Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney. It was a landmark and a much-loved go-to for seafood fans, locals, celebs and tourists. The owner, Phil Thompson, started it and ran it for all of those 33 years. He was asked to retender for the venue in 2020 — his landlord was the NSW Government — and although he spent more than $250,000 on his submission and had the benefit of incumbency, he was sent packing by a nightmarish bureaucracy which, from what we have seen of the decision-making (yes, we did our research), saw Thompson caught up in a Kafkaesque ordeal, which made the great writer’s book, The Trial, look less like a novel and more like an instruction book for NSW’s public sector jobsworths.

In his own words, Thompson “was gutted” and “didn’t know what to do.” In time, he dusted himself off and looked at his options. He had previously moved his family to Broome, for lifestyle reasons, so he had links here. Then things got interesting. Over a beer with key staff in Sydney, he wondered aloud whether any of them would be prepared to come to Broome and re-establish the restaurant. Astoundingly, 16 of his Sydney crew said yes. What followed was a trans-Australian road trip with staff, in a convoy of cars, stopping in at wine regions like the Clare Valley and Margaret River on their leisurely way to Broome.

The restaurant opened about a month ago. It’s a stunner. Don’t be put off by the low-key decor. It may look like a backyard shed inside, but it is without doubt now the finest restaurant in Broome.

Chefs and celebrity oyster shuckers (think WA’s Jerry Fraser — a cheerful shucker if ever there was one) often wince when talk turns to the beauty of a good oyster Kilpatrick. It’s an abomination, they say. We disagree. Sydney Cove’s Kilpatricks, $5.50 each, are exceptional, a nice combo of salty sauce, umami boldness, fatty bacon and just warmed oysters. We tried them ungarnished, too. Equally brilliant. Oysters are flown direct to the restaurant: no middle man in Perth means they’re not waiting in a cool room for a couple of days before being delivered to Broome.

Fish tacos, $24 for two, are as big as Barnaby Joyce’s ego. Massive in other words. Large fingers of blue spot emperor were beer battered and deep fried. The batter was crackly and light. It was perched atop a cabbage slaw with coriander and a base of jalapeno mayonnaise. The tortillas were warm and soft. There’s nothing spectacular about fish tacos — everyone’s doing them these days — but these were best in breed and proof that a chef with a brain and skills can make a mere taco into something out of the ordinary.

The plate licker of the day was torched scallops, a deceptively simple cold dish of halved, raw scallops given a quick sear with a blow torch and plated with wakame, edamame beans and dressed simply in a ponzu and wasabi sauce. It was extravagant in its simplicity. Flavours were clean, balanced and razor sharp. $24.

Prawn toast was made on a base of seeded sourdough from Broome baker Madpakken. It was slathered with a mousse of king prawns, egg white, salt, sugar and sesame oil. Coated in sesame seeds at the last minute, the toast was deep fried and served with yuzu mayo. Brilliant.

Good food. Great service. No fuss, super-casual ambience. Sydney’s loss is Broome’s gain. Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has raised the bar in Broome. It’s absolutely, positively, utterly delightful."

We've come a long way!

Our exciting new location is at Zookepers Store near the famous Cable Beach in WA. It took us one month to relocate Oyster Bar from Sydney to Broome for about 4000kms away.

We didn't bring just our equipment from Sydney but also our management, kitchen and floor team as well.

Now our doors are open and we are trying to bring the premium casual dining to Broome that we were well known for in Sydney.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar sizzles at Restaurant And Catering Awards

We are very proud of what we have achieved and continue to achieve at The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar – a restaurant of world class, an unique icon of Sydney, loved by locals, interstate and international travellers.

 We were nominated finalists in three (3) categories at the Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards announced last night, the only restaurant to achieve so many nominations. These awards are the most dependable and authoritative guide to Australia's best restaurants.

 The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar was Sydney Finalist in the Peoples’ Choice restaurant. This category totals all votes for particular restaurants and the one with the most votes wins.

 And guess what – The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar WON!!! It means the world to us that you folk out there think so highly of us that you nominated us. The quality of your dining experience with us is at the forefront of what we have always wanted to achieve. Thank you for your nominations.

 We were a finalist in the Informal Seafood restaurant of the year for NSW. Anonymous trained judges were appointed. They applied the Association and Catering Evaluation System (RACES). By the use of multiple surveys, the criteria for this category were developed and looked at reservations, décor, atmosphere, food, beverage, service, staff and overall dining experience. Just as importantly, the judges were independent of the R&C and were trained in the application of RACES.

 Our third nomination went to Krzysztof Swiecinski in the category of Chef of the Year NSW. Anyone who has seen the cramped conditions in which Kris works will marvel at how he creates such astonishing food.

 A great night for us and vindication for persisting with our premier product, oysters.

08 December 2020

So once again, thank you for your on-going support. We are so very proud and honoured by the support you gave us.

A Striking Innovation at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar : Oyster Masterclass!

The first oyster masterclass was successfully ran by hosting 16 food & travel influencers at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. 12 different types of Australian oysters were served with perfectly matching hand-picked Semillon, Riesling and Sake by our wine sommelier Barnaby Fallows. It was a totally unique event which has never been tried in any similar venue before that we know of. 7 creamy, sweet, mineral tasting Sydney rock oysters followed by 4 salty, vegetal, crisp Pacific oysters and the final one was the native Australian mud flat oyster, the Angasi with a full rich flavour. We’re glad to see that everybody loved the taste of the oysters and learning how taste can vary from one region to another. We would like to thank Tim Dumbrell, Tom Rupnik and our head-chef Kris Swiecinski, general manager Laura Sanna and marketing manager Derya Uzum for running the event smoothly and being amazing hosts and also a big thanks to all guests for accepting our invitation and joining in on our first oyster masterclass. Stay tuned for the next masterclass!

10 November 2019

What People Say

"Overlooking the magnificent shimmering waters of Sydney harbour and eating fresh seafood is a perfect way to end an evening in Sydney. A real pleasure was that we had no booking and yet were accommodated at a lovely table."

Narelle Andrea

"Cracking day in Sydney made better by luncheoning at the oyster bar. Magic seafood from oysters, octopus, scallops, muscles crab and prawns. Spoilt with choices of Local craft beers and wines. Brilliant service and setting. Could not ask for more"


"Overlooking the magnificent shimmering waters of Sydney harbour and eating fresh seafood is a perfect way to end an evening in Sydney. A real pleasure was that we had no booking and yet were accommodated at a lovely table."


"What a excellent meal we enjoyed last night at the Oyster Bar. Food was at a very high standard! The view is beautiful just sitting and enjoying all that Sydney has to offer by the wharf. Heaters kept us all warm and so do the wit by the staff! Meal wasn't cheap but the quality was excellent."


Blogger Posts

I've walked past Sydney Cove Oyster Bar several times on my way to the Opera House and it always looked quite popular. It has a great view being right across from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Matt and I head here for a lovely lunch to see if the food matches the gorgeous views.

See Weekdend Food Escapes review

Weekend Food Escapes

It’s confirmed, I’ve found the apple to my eye at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar which is an exceptional Sydney hot spot to wine and dine, with a waterfront bar overlooking glistening Harbour views!

See Carbs Make It Okay on Instagram

Carbs make it okay

In Short: Sydney Cove Oyster Bar delivers an unforgettable seafood experience. Freshly shucked oysters from all over the land are joined by a delicious selection of seafood dishes. If you get the chance, and depending on season, ask for the Storm Clams!

See Coco and Vine review

Coco and Vine


We love our Instagram and we're always sharing cool images from the days and nights @ the Oyster Bar. Follow us and comment if you like, we'd love the company.

A little note from Team SCOB!

We relocated from our prime-spot on East Circular Quay to picturesque Broome in May 2021.
Over the past weeks we have been confronted with the common issue of staffing shortages in town. We worked with dedication towards keeping our doors open until the end of the season, but unfortunately had to close down early this year. Over the past years, we have been well known in Broome for bringing our year-long experience of premium service and food from Sydney and cannot be more grateful for the memories we made in this beautiful small town.

Thank you for two seasons of getting to host both locals as well as tourists on the daily and for supporting our restaurant and staff in such a special way.

We are so grateful to have met every single one of you and cannot wait to see where our next venture takes us.

Please do stay up to date with our social media channels to learn about our exciting new plans for 2023 and beyond!