Automata
Modern Australian
  • 5 Kensington St,
    Chippendale,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 8277 8555,
    www.automata.com.au/
  • Lunch Fri-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm

Automata
-33.884932,151.201653

If the name conjures images of something chilly, the reality is anything but robotic. Sure, the decorative detailing, involving valves and steel flanges, has a touch of the Fritz Lang about it, but the warmth and buzz of the place (projected in no small part by the impressive floor team) makes it more of an engine room than assembly line. All the pistons are firing in the open kitchen, certainly. The lumpen plates are duff, but chef Clayton Wells's compositions are perfectly tuned. He presents onions both pickled and cooked to softness as a foil for grilled bonito on kombu butter, throws a toasty scatter of za'atar over duck hearts and roasted lettuce for texture, and slips the surprise of capers into an inspired, texturally daring dessert of yoghurt sorbet, plum and bee pollen. The set five courses fly fast and fun, but the bar menu is perfect for even shorter attention spans, especially taken in conjunction with the feisty, foxy drinks offer.  


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 5 course tasting menu $88 

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Clayton Wells

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