MCA Cafe, The Rocks

Sydney has been showing off it’s beautiful summer weather lately with blue skies and the sun shining down. It makes me want to come out of hibernation and head outside to enjoy the sun. Charm and I did exactly that when we headed out one weekend to check out the Little Black Jacket exhibition, and we grabbed a bite to eat beforehand at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Cafe.

Cafe interior

We arrived quite late in the day and many of the menu items had already sold out. There were still some tempting dishes though, like the carb-on-carb Oven-baked mac & cheese with bread and the Pea & fontina arancini (which we immediately regretted not ordering when we saw it come out in an egg carton!). In the end, we decided to get two dishes to share which was the perfect amount for a light lunch.

Crispy salt & pepper cuttlefish with garlic aioli – $16

The salt and pepper cuttlefish was a little heavy on the salt, but there’s just something about salt and pepper squid/cuttlefish that makes it so addictive. It was great with a squeeze of lemon juice and dipped in the garlic aioli.

Smoked rainbow trout, baby cos, potato & quinoa salad – $18

We also ordered a healthy quinoa salad with fresh chunks of smoked trout, cos lettuce and potato. The mix of textures worked perfectly together, with the toothsome trout, the crisp cos and the soft potato. Occasional cherry tomato halves gave the salad a bit of acidity, and the parsley brought a freshness to the dish.

Sculpture Terrace

It’s a lovely cafe to sit, share some food between friends and admire the view. On the day we went, there was a cruise ship blocking views of the Opera House, but there are unobstructed views of the Harbour Bridge from the outdoor dining area on the Sculpture Terrace and through glass walls of the indoor dining area, so it would be the perfect place to take tourists. And don’t forget to check out the art exhibitions while you’re there as well!

MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace
Level 4, Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9250 8443
Open 7 days from 10am to 5pm (9pm on Thursdays)
No bookings


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9 Responses to MCA Cafe, The Rocks

  1. I think most people forget about the art in this place, which is a shame as the collections are great.

  2. Geez it’s been years since I last stepped into the MCA. The food looks very much what I’d expect and from your selection I’m liking the textured look of the salad. What a gorgeous view!

  3. teeehee i want arrancini in an egg carton!

  4. We had walked through the cafe to take some mandatory selfies in front of the view but we were heading for a Yum Cha lunch so didnt stop in to eat. Looks good though!

  5. Those dishes that you didn’t order sounds like they would have been great dishes. I too have a thing for salt and pepper calamari – very hard to say no to especially when served with garlic aioli.

  6. Dear Jacq,

    I have not been to the MCA since it has been refurbished. The salt pepper squid looks delicious and I agree with Joey about the wonderful art collection.

  7. We walked past here during the Biennale of Sydney. Is this the cafe at the bottom level? I wasn’t sure if there was one on the rooftop as well.

    • Jacq says:

      Hi Mr C – The cafe is actually on the 4th floor; not quite the rooftop but there is a terrace area. The MCA also has a restaurant which I think is the one on ground floor.

  8. The rainbow trout and quinoa looks positively virtuous – perfect match for the S&P calamari :)

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