Dining Out


Ester has remained at the forefront of Sydney dining for more than a decade. How? In large part to Mat Lindsay's career-defining snacks.
Ester in Chippendale, Sydney restaurant review
46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale

Mat Lindsay didn’t discover umami. Nor did he invent pickling, fermenting or wood-oven cooking. What he’s done, however, is meld these techniques and ideas into a cuisine that’s unequivocally his own, keeping Ester at the forefront of Sydney dining for more than a decade. Career-defining snacks, such as the blood sausage sanga and blistered potato bread with kefir cream, remain unimpeachable staples, but it’s the kitchen’s constant quest for depth of flavour that compels more than anything. Vegetable work is exquisite, evidenced by perfectly tender claypot-braised cauliflower in splendidly onion-rich sake broth. A roasted pork chop sprinkled with native spice, meanwhile, is meat at its most pared back, letting timing and temperature do all the talking. Stimulating raw wines and articulate service complete the picture – and if there’s a better dessert in the city for a tenner than the salted caramel parfait seasoned with a rubble of black sesame, then good luck finding it.



46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale

(02) 8068 8279


Chef Mat Lindsay & Nathan Brindle

Price guide $$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access Yes

Open Lunch Sat-Sun; Dinner Tue-Sat

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46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale
Mat Lindsay & Nathan Brindle
Price Guide
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Sat-Sun; Dinner Tue-Sat

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