Restaurant Reviews

Automata: Restaurant review


5 Kensington St
Chippendale, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Fri-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


3-course lunch $60
5-course set menu $95
7-course set menu $125


Viking salt. Quandong paste. Dory-roe emulsion. At Automata Clayton Wells and Sarah Knights keep a more interesting pantry than most. But just as the design incorporates many industrial elements without becoming cold, it's testament to these chefs' gifts that their disparate shopping list comes together seamlessly on the plate. The warmth of a seaweed broth and wasabi oil brings slices of lees-cured kingfish to vivid life, for instance, while black-pepper ice-cream has a cool burn that ignites custard apple cut with Granny Smith at the other end of the deftly paced tasting. That love of rare and special things extends to the great drinks list and to the staff, who are empowered (and skilled) enough to show more than the typical amount of personality you'd expect to see at this level of dining. The Automata experience is all the more essential for it.
(02) 8277 8555
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Clayton Wells
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.