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

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Automata
-33.884932,151.201653

It's a rare trick, but Clayton Wells pulls it off time and time again: the creation of plates that are ephemeral in their beauty but emphatic in their flavour and depth. Perhaps the valves and Fritz Lang lines of the décor are meant to emphasise that Automata is a creative powerhouse. Certainly Wells manages to keep up the pace of constant menu change without his constructions ever seeming sloppy or haphazard: clover-like leaves of oxalis giving wedges of black plum and beetroot a shiver of tension, say, or a loose XO-style chilli sauce and red vinegar the surprisingly elegant backbeat to hunks of grilled octopus under fronds of fennel. Likewise, there's confidence enough on the floor that when (say) an unusual drinks pairing is suggested, it never feels like antic stunt-casting. There's much to be said for the (relative) brevity of a tasting of five courses, and though the dining be fine, the vibe is buzzy rather than hushed. It's haute gone hip.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 3-course lunch $55

    5-course set menu $88

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

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