My first visit to the was in the late 80’s. The 1908 federation building had just been redeveloped as a restaurant in time for Australia’s bicentennial in 1988. I fell in love with the history of the building which was originally constructed for Burns Philip & Co workers as part of the wharf facilities, this included a public lavatory. Yes, when you eat at the SCOB, you are eating at a heritage loo. Trust me I love telling everyone I take there this fact.
As soon as the SCOB opened, my dad would take overseas colleagues there for lunch on the weekends when showing them around Sydney. I too took on this trait when showing my overseas colleagues around Sydney. It is in a brilliant location on Sydney Harbour.