Melbourne Cup 2016
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SoCal Neutral Bay is brought to you by boutique hospitality group, Applejack Hospitality, which was 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 the state 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 Billy Hurst. 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.
Smoked pork belly, apple puree, blackened brussel sprouts / 24 (GF/DF)
Confit duck leg carnitas, guacamole, pickled cucumber, tortillas, spiced maple / 24 (DF)
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)
Soft shell crab, green tomato, lime, coriander / 20 (GF/DF)
Roasted pumpkin salad, labne, barley, radicchio, rocket / 16 (V)
Pan fried snapper, potato & corn tamal, green chilli tomatillo sauce / 24 (GF/DF)
Tofu, mushroom, lentils, greens, tahini dressing / 17 (V/GF/DF)
Sauté prawns, green rice, fire-roasted chilli sauce / 22 (GF/DF)
SoCal salad; tomato, avocado, cucumber, quinoa, kale / 16 (V/GF/DF)
Snapper ceviche; cucumber, chilli, crisp eschalot / 22 (GF/DF)
House smoked salmon, charred cornbread, jalapeño & watercress salad, horseradish cream / 22 (GF)
Steak tacos, jicama, tomato, chilli jam / 6ea (DF)
Sriracha chicken quesadilla, charred corn, jalapeño /20
Baja fish tacos, pineapple salsa, slaw / 6ea
Spiced beef quesadilla, parsley, soft cheese /20
Enhilada, grilled vegetable, feta, spinach /18 (V/GF)
Corn chips, guacamole, salsa / 10 (GF/DF)
Beef cheek doughnuts, sweet & smokey crust, apricot sauce / 14
Sweet potato chips, chipotle mayo / 12 (V/GF/DF)
Spicy wings, house-made hot sauce / 18 (GF)
Jalapeño & chorizo croquettes, preserved lemon aioli / 14
Beef, tomato & cheese slider / 6ea
California roll slider, prawn, crab, cucumber, wasabi avocado, seaweed mayo / 6ea
Twisted Tradicional Margaritas
(Classic, Frozen or Rocks)
SoCal Classic Margarita – $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with Cointreau, lime & a dash of sugar.
Tommy’s – $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with lime & agave.
Almond & Passionfruit – $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with passionfruit, lime & orgeat.
Orange & Vanilla – $17
El Jimador Reposado Tequila with Aperol, lime & vanilla syrup.
Southern Cali Cocktails
Del Martini 4.0 / 17
Absolut Vodka with elderflower liqueur, fresh apple, lime & a dash of sugar.
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini / 18
Absolut Vodka with Kahlua, salted caramel & fresh espresso served up with honeycomb.
Garden Party / 17
Blueberry infused Beefeater Gin with elderflower liqueur, lemon, basil, house spiced blueberry syrup & a dash of rhubarb bitters.
Tiki Tropicana / 18
Havana Especial Rum with Malibu, coco lopez, pineapple, mango & lemon.
Lambda Largarita / 20
A keg party in a cup; a frozen margarita & a whole Coronita served oh so long and oh so cold.
Cooler Than Cactus / 17
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila with Aperol, lime, kiwi fruit, aloe vera, agave & a dash of soda.
Poached Punch / 18
Encanto Pisco with raspberry liqueur, poached rhubarb, lemon & orange bitters.
Meet your Matcha / 18
Havana 3 Yr with pineapple, lime, coconut & Matcha green tea.
Catalina Wine Mixer / 18
Havana Especial Rum with Cointreau, lime, grapefruit, mulled wine syrup & angostura bitters.
Paloma / 10
Olmeca Altos Plata with fresh lime, grapefruit soda & a salt rim.
Frisco Fizz / 17
Shitski Vodka with Aperol, pink grapefruit, lemon & rose syrup topped with ginger beer.
Silicon Valley Soda / 18
Four Pillars Gin with lemon, rosemary & sugar topped with cranberry soda.
Spicy Senorita / 18
Jalapeno infused El Jimador Tequila with lime, agave & habanero shrub.
Smoked Old Fashioned / 18
House made Old Fashioned with Old Forester Bourbon, sugar & bitters smoked in our very own SoCal Smoke House.
Back to Big Sur / 17
Beefeater Gin with elderflower liqueur, lemon & watermelon.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air / 18
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila with chilli infused peach liqueur, lime, sugar & cucumber.
The Nutty Professor / 18
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum with amaretto, pineapple, lemon & nutmeg syrup.
Caliente Punch – $40
Absolut Vodka with elderflower liqueur, cassis, lime, strawberries, orange, mint & ginger beer.
Red Wine Sangria – $35
Red wine with brandy, house made spiced syrup, oranges, apples & lemonade.
Rosé Sangria – $35
Rosé with strawberry liqueur, lemon, grapefruit, strawberries, rose syrup & lemonade.
Red Bucket, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,
Margaret River WA 9 / 42
A Savvy Drop, Sauvignon Blanc,
Marlborough NZ 10 / 48
Cooter & Cooter, Riesling,
Watervale SA 12 / 55
Printhie, Pinot Gris,
Orange NSW 11 / 50
Gattonero, Pinot Grigio,
Veneto ITA 10 / 48
Vine and Sea, Chardonnay,
SA 10 / 48
Hunter Valley NSW 55
Margan ‘Field Blend’,
Hunter Valley NSW 9 / 42
Take it to the Grave, Pinot Noir,
Adelaide Hills SA 11 / 50
Maxwell ‘Silver Hammer’, Shiraz,
McLaren Vale SA 12 / 55
Geoff Merrill, SGM,
McLaren Vale SA 12 / 55
La Florencia, Malbec,
Mendoza ARG 13 / 62
Rioja Vega, Tempranillo,
Rioja ESP 55
Cannonball, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sonoma USA 85
Pacifico, Lager MEX/ 9
Corona, Lager MEX/ 8.5
Tecate, Lager MEX / 7.5
Colonial, Small Ale AUS / 8
Negra Modelo, Dark Lager MEX / 9
Blue Moon, Witbier USA / 9
Sierra Nevada, Pale Ale USA /12.5
Endeavour, Pale Ale AUS / 9
Endeavour, Amber Ale AUS / 10
Tailgate, Sorta IPA, USA / 10
Boags, Light AUS / 6.5
Batlow, Premium Apple Cider AUS / 9.5
Young Henry’s, Cloudy Apple Cider AUS / 9
El Jimador / 9
Calle 23 / 9.5
Olmeca Altos Plata / 9.5
Herradura Plata / 10
Don Julio / 11
Arette / 11
Avion Silver / 12
Arette Soave / 15
El Jimador / 9
Espolon / 10
Herradura / 11
Don Julio / 12
Avion / 14
AÑEJO & EXTRA AÑEJO
Don Julio / 14
Herradura / 14
Avion / 16
Azulejos Talavera / 18
Fortaleza / 22
Don Julio 1942 / 25
Del Maguey Vida / 11
Illegal Joven / 12
Illegal Reposado / 14
Tecate & El Jimador Resposado / 14
Tailgate ‘Sorta’ IPA & Olmeca Altos Plata / 17
with guacamole & salsa
BEEF CHEEK DONOUGHTS
smokey crust, apricot sauce
HOUSE SMOKED SALMON
charred cornbread, jalapeño & watercress salad, horseradish cream
BAJA FISH TACOS
pineapple salsa, slaw
JERK CHICKEN SALAD
jicama, rice & herbs
SWEET POTATO CHIPS
with spiced yoghurt
parsley, soft cheese
Groups of 10+ are required to dine on our Feasting Package.
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Join us on the 28th of September for SoCal’s first HOT wings eating competition. The evening will be full of drinks, beats and food with great prizes to be won!!!
For the month of September SoCal is headed over the bridge to Bondi in a take-over of its renowned sister restaurant Bondi Hardware! Find out more:
With a passion for sunshine, fun and party people, SoCal Sydney has launched their spring food menu, packed full of refreshing options and designed to be shared with friends.
Sharnee Rawson is SoCal’s Chilli Eating Champion of 2016! Read all about her experience…
The Cali Tequila Shack has landed in the SoCal garden! Tequila on tap? Throughout March: Thurs & Fridays from 5pm Sat & Sundays from 3pm
How HOT can you go? Become immortalised in SoCal history – be the first Chilli Eating Champion! Festivities kick off from 4pm. Grab some delicious food of our new menu,
Come down and try the new BBQ smoked ribs fresh out of the new SoCal Smokehouse!
What better way than with a good ol’ game of Taco Roulette? (1 super spicy) $5 Coronas, $10 Margaritas and $20 prawn & chorizo quesadillas. Mexican tunes playing all night.
SoCal’s 1st birthday featured in North Shore Living Magazine
Featured in the Sun Herald’s Party People section.
SoCal’s first birthday was celebrated in style with some locals & Sydney celebs enjoying classic SoCal food and cocktails.
The Urban List features SoCal in their top salted caramel creations in Sydney! That would be our Salted Caramel Martini! Yum.
SoCal listed in Live4’s top rooftop bars in Sydney.
Our Bar staff killing it at tonights Blogger event. Thanks @sweetandyummie for the shot.
Well doesn’t this look pretty! We have a bloggers event this eve full of delicious Southern Cali delectable dishes, cocktails and wines. Keep your eyes peeled for photos! @so_cal_sydney
Come celebrate with us! American Tunes, American Booze and American Food. Open till 2am.
Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts, who made their names at Bondi Hardware and the Botanist in Kirribilli, travelled the surfer routes of California seeking inspiration for this sandy, sorbet-coloured spot
Can’t wait for the looong weekend! Come up on Sunday to help us celebrate. Fun fact # open till midnight on Sundays.
Last night Applejack Hospitality, the boutique hospitality group behind Bondi Hardware and The Botanist, launched their third exciting venue ‘SoCal’ with a huge media and celebrity event; where over 180 guests were
A touch of Southern California cool hits the burgeoning bar scene in Neutral Bay. It’s been open barely two months, and yet you’d be hard to find a person north
This little ode to Southern Californian hospitality and beach charm serves up fresh and spicy food with a heavy Mexican influence. The tacos are definitely one of the menu standouts;
SoCal captures a chunk of modern Americana with a bright, vibrant décor to slide along with its ‘Southern Californian meets Sydney’s North Shore’ theme quite well.
Open on a site which was once a karaoke bar is the latest bar from Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll of the Applejack Hospitality Group
Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll of Applejack Hospitality, the folks behind two of the year’s stand-out small bars – Bondi Hardware and The Botanist – have expanded into the underrated suburb of Neutral Bay with SoCal, tucked away at
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No reservation? No problem. We book half of the restaurant and allow the other half for walk-ins. If we can’t seat you when you arrive there is plenty of space at the bar and the waiting area where the full dinner menu is also available.
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Please note, your table will be held for a maximum of 20 minutes after your reserved time. In relation to the banquet menu, SoCal requires a minimum of 24 hours cancellation notice or full payment will apply.