Restaurant Reviews

Est: Restaurant review


Level 1, Establishment
252 George St
Sydney, NSW


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm


Lunch 2-4 courses $79-$120
Dinner 2-4 courses $105-$160
Dégustations $165-$195


Hear that? No, you don't. Double-clothed tables, a capacious, sumptuously appointed room, discreetly eager staff in crisp uniforms: all of these things do their part to maintain a gentle atmosphere, but the ultimate sound dampener is money. A serious layer of it is required to dine at this most elegant of rooms, insulating Est from too much excitement. Still, the wine list is a stunner and there are things on the menu (other than prices) that quicken the pulse. Sticky lamb belly juxtaposed with confit squid and radishes on a smear of green sauce and anchovy jus is an ambitious take on surf and turf, while a side of wagyu-fat potatoes resembles nothing so much as deluxe hash browns. It's generally genteel, though; the Sichuan pepper spicing aged duck breast and salt-baked swede is a soft murmur rather than a rebel yell, the flavours of pineapple sorbet, mango, and kaffir lime melding with coconut at dessert into rice-pudding comfort.
(02) 9240 3000
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Peter Doyle & Jacob Davey
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.