Restaurant Reviews

Bentley: Restaurant review

Bentley

Address

27 O'Connell St
Sydney, NSW

Hours

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

Prices

E $25-$30
M $38-$52
D $22
Dégustations $120-$150

REVIEW

The wild scrawl of the paint job over the fine old bones of the building, and the jagged pick-up sticks dividing the excellent bar from the dark, handsome dining room provide some clues: there's an irreverent streak at work here. There's delicious tension between the fervour sommelier Nick Hildebrandt and chef Brent Savage share for quality ingredients and their refusal to follow the crowd. When they offer a Serbian riesling or spike the raw kingfish with slivers of cape gooseberries and pink pepper they're not simply being obtuse. Everything earns its place at the table, from the black sesame in the butter to the frozen pomelo beads on the coconut sorbet; mere shock value doesn't count. Witty, unflappable service and serious prices reflect Bentley's evolution into one of the city's culinary landmarks – and the best place in Australia to drink wine.

Phone:
(02) 8214 0505

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Brent Savage & Aiden Stevens

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.