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SoCal Neutral Bay is brought to you by boutique hospitality group Applejack Hospitality, founded by seasoned professionals, Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll.
Having travelled to California for a surf trip, Ben & Hamish ate and drank their way around and fell in love with the food, drinks and ambience of the golden state. Returning to Sydney they have poured this influence into SoCal Neutral Bay to evoke the laid back, southern Californian surf vibe and theme.
The food and drinks are a reflection of what is commonly found along HWY 101. Head Chef in the engine room is Zac Smart. His raw creativity has produced a delicious mix of share foods comprising of fresh seafood, North American inspired flavours and the odd Mexican dish. The extensive wine list is comprehensive yet approachable and includes some classics for reputable Cali regions.
The bar showcases an extensive selection of the best spirits, beers, ciders and cocktails (with a slant towards Margaritas) to perfectly complement the menu.
BBQ pork short ribs, currants, orzo, almonds / 24
Pulled chipotle chicken, green waffle, ranch dressing / 20
Jalapeño cornbread, avocado, tomato, basil / 18 (V/GF)
Jerk chicken salad, jicama, rice, herbs / 22 (GF/DF)
Grilled sirloin, salsa verde, sweet potato / 26 (GF/DF)
Roast lamb salad, pearl couscous, mint, pomegranate, yoghurt 24
Smoked brisket, slaw, pickles, house made BBQ sauce / 24 (GF)
Cuttlefish, chorizo, peas, lemon, zucchini / 20 (GF/DF)
Warm salad of pumpkin, labne, barley, rocket / 16 (V)
Pan fried barramundi, carrot, vegetable crisps / 24 (GF)
Sautéed prawns, green rice, fire-roasted chilli sauce / 22 (GF/DF)
Tofu, mushroom, lentils, greens, tahini dressing / 17 (V/GF/DF)
SoCal salad; tomato, avocado, cucumber, quinoa, kale / 16 (V/GF/DF)
Snapper ceviche; cucumber, chilli, crisp eschalot / 22 (GF/DF)
Seared scallops, smoked pork, sweet wasabi / 24 (GF/DF)
Steak tacos, jicama, tomato, chilli jam / 6ea (DF)
Baja fish tacos, pineapple salsa, slaw / 6ea
Sriracha chicken quesadilla, charred corn, jalapeño /20
Pork Al Pastor quesadilla, roast peppers, black beans /20
Grilled vegetable enchilada, feta, spinach /18 (V/GF)
Corn chips, guacamole, salsa / 12 (GF/DF)
Falafel, chipotle hummus, coriander tabouli / 14 (V/DF)
Sweet potato chips, chipotle mayo / 12 (V/GF/DF)
Spicy wings, homemade hot sauce / 18 (GF)
Cali beef & cheese slider / 6ea
Chicken breast, pickled zucchini, spiced aioli slider / 6ea
Jalapeño & chorizo croquettes, preserved lemon aioli / 14
Twisted Tradicional Margaritas
(Classic, Frozen or Rocks)
SoCal Classic • $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime & sugar.
Tommy’s • $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila, lime & agave.
Peach & Apricot • $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with Cointreau, lime and peach & apricot syrup.
Strawberry & Vanilla • $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with Cointreau, lime and strawberry & vanilla syrup.
Pineapple & Honey • $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with Cointreau, lime and pineapple & honey syrup.
Southern Cali Cocktails
Del Martini 3.0 • $16
Peach infused Ketel One Vodka with St Germain Elderflower liqueur, lemon, orgeat & cherry bitters.
Ain’t Nobody Got Thyme For That! • $18
Tanqueray Gin with Crème de Mure, lemon, lychee, raspberry & thyme syrup & orange bitters.
Rose-Mary Poppins Last Wish • $18
Calle 23 Blanco Tequila with Dolin Blanc, agave nectar, lemon & rosemary then topped with soda.
My Way Or The Hemingway • $17
Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila with Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, lime & grapefruit.
Lambda Largarita (college cup) • $20
A keg party in a cup; a frozen Margarita & a whole coronita served oh so long and oh so cold.
Chamomile High Club • $18
Beefeater Gin with apple liqueur, lemon, homemade chamomile tea syrup & fresh basil.
Spicy Señorita • $18
Jalapeño infused El Jimador Tequila with agave, lime & habanero shrub.
Tiki Tropicana • $18
Pampero Especial Rum with Malibu, fresh mango, coco lopez, lemon & pineapple.
Honey On My Mind • $17
Ilegal Joven Mezcal with lime, house made honey & pineapple syrup & a dash of hellfire bitters.
Back to Big Sur • $17
Tanqueray Gin with elderflower liqueur, lemon & watermelon.
Fresno’s Fury • $16
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with apricot liqueur, lime, vanilla & angostura bitters.
Piña SoCalada • $17
Pampero Especial with Midori, lime, coco lopez & pineapple.
SoCal Zombie (tiki) • $26
Pampero Especial Rum with Goslings Black Seal Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, citrus, pineapple, cranberry, passionfruit & orange bitters with a float of Bacardi 151.
California Gurrrrl • $17
Tanqueray with lemon, pomegranate, orange blossom water & cream topped with soda.
Old Mexican • $17
El Jimador Tequila with lime, mint & orange bitters topped with bubbles.
Boats And Lake Tahoes • $16
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with strawberry liqueur, ginger syrup, pink grapefruit & mint.
Notorious DJB • $19
Don Julio Blanco Tequila with chilli infused peach liqueur, lime & cucumber.
Cooler Than Cactus • $17
The winning cocktail of Applejack’s first cocktail comp from Hugo Fisher (The Butler) – El Jimador Blanco with Aperol, lime, kiwi fruit, aloe vera & agave topped with soda.
Paloma • $10
Calle 23 Blanco Tequila with lime, grapefruit soda & a salted rim.
Verano • $12
Ilegal Joven Mezcal with lime, orange soda & spiced rim.
CALIENTE PUNCH • $40
Ketel One vodka, Elderflower, Cassis, strawberries, lime, orange, mint & ginger beer
RED WINE SANGRIA • $35
Red wine, brandy, house-made spiced syrup & lemonade
ROSE SANGRIA • $35
Californian Rosé with strawberry liqueur, lemon, grapefruit, strawberries & rose syrup topped with lemonade.
MARGARITA SPRITZ • $40
El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime & a dash of sugar
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,
Adelaide Hills SA $9/ $42
Cooter & Cooter,
Watervale SA $12/ $55
Veneto IT $50
California USA $8.5/ $39
Orange NSW $11/ $50
A Savvy Drop,
Marlborough NZ $10/ $48
Laurenz V ‘Singing’,
Kamptal AT $68
Rey del Mundo,
Rioja ESP $10/ $48
Hunter Valley NSW $12/ $55
Russian River CA $85
Paxton ‘The Guesser’ (Biodynamic) Cabernet,
McLaren Vale SA $8.50 / $39
NZ $12/ $55
Wairau Valley NZ $65
Rioja ESP $11/ $50
Mendoza ARG $11.5/ $52
Russian River CA $90
The Cultivator (organic).
McLaren SA $11.5 / $52
McLaren Vale SA $12 / $55
Varichon Et Clerc NV
Blanc de Blancs Sparkling
FR $9.50 / $45
Prosecco ITA $12/ $55
Monmousseu Sparkling Rose,
Loire Valley FRA $11/ $50
Champagne FRA $110
Bouchard & Aine
Cinsault Noir Rosé
Burgundy, France $10 / $48
Margaret River WA $12/ $55
(Lager, MEX) $9.00
(Lager, MEX) $8.50
(Lager, MEX) $7.50
(Dark Lager, MEX) $9.00
(Witbier, US) $8.50
Day of the Dead
(IPA, Mexico) $10.50
(Lager, US) $10.50
(Pale Ale, US) $11.50
(Pale Ale, US) $12.50
(Amber Ale, AUS) $9.00
(Golden Ale, AUS) $9.00
(Light, AU) $6.50
(Apple Cider, NSW) $9.50
(Cloudy Cider, NSW) $9.00
(Un-aged or aged for less than 2 months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels)
El Jimador Blanco $8.5
Calle 23 Blanco $9
Olmeca Altos Plata $9
Don Julio Blanco $10
Herradura Plata $10
Arette Blanco $10
Arette Soave Blanco $15
(Aged a minimum of 2 months and up to 11 months in oak barrels)
El Jimador Reposado $8
Espolon Reposado $10
Olmeca Altos Reposado $10
Don Julio Reposado $11
Herradura Reposado $11
Anejo & Extra Anejo (aged, extra aged)
(Anejo’s are aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 1 year. After 5 years of maturation the tequila achieves extra Anejo status)
El Jimador Anejo $12
Don Julio Anejo $14
Herradura Anejo $14
Azulejos Talavera $18
Fortaleza Anejo $22
Don Julio 1942 $24
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal $11
Ilegal Joven Mezcal $12
Illegal Reposado Mezcal $14
BOILERMAKER (Beer & Tequila pairings)
Tecate & El Jimador Reposado $14
Corona & Olmeca Altos Plata $15
Pacifico & Arette Blanco $17
Blue Moon & Don Julio Blanco $18
Anchor Summer Ale & Arette Soave $22
Acme Pale Ale & Don Julio 1942 $32.5
with guacamole & salsa
JALAPENO, CHORIZO & CHEESE
croquettes, preserved lemon aioli
Chipotle hummus, coriander tabouli
BAJA FISH TACOS
pineapple salsa, slaw
PORK AL PASTOR QUESADILLA
roast peppers, black beans
JERK CHICKEN SALAD
jicama, rice & herbs
SWEET POTATO CHIPS
with spiced yoghurt
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