Adam Swanson prepares for Lot.1 Sydney opening
Due to open in time for Christmas, Lot.1 Sydney is a new three level venue that focuses on quality spirits, liquor and cocktails, as well as contemporary dining offering headed up by chef Adam Swanson.
Swanson has created a menu of traditional Italian dishes using local and seasonal ingredients with a refined modern twist.
Menu items include Kingfish carpaccio with homemade Campari infused granita, dehydrated ruby grapefruit and crispy thin homemade Italian bread, as well as some heartier options such as a traditional Polpette a Pomodoro (the family recipe handed down from Swanson’s Nonna) – a fusion of pork, veal, beef, Nonna’s secret herb mix and 24 month aged raw milk regiano parmigiano. For dessert there’s the Torta Caprese, a dense soft centred chocolate treat from the Amalfi coast with Salsa Mou (Italian salted caramel) and black cherry sorbet.
The Espresso Bar, which has already opened, provides for a more casual setting, targeting diners on-the-run. Meals on offer include an organic chicken and three bean salad or a freshly made Vedura Panini with smoked eggplant, eggplant chips, ricotta and fresh basil.
From 5-6:30pm daily, Lot.1 Sydney, located on York Street, will host an aperitivo, where the bar areas will offer complimentary Italian snacks alongside Banana Aperol Spritzs, Negronis and other specialty cocktails. Live music will also be on offer in the downstairs lounge area.
Lot.1 Sydney will offer private dining areas and exclusive membership where guests will have access to a safe for their top drops.
Set in a 1878 sandstone warehouse, Lot.1 Sydney is supported by backers who, according to the Daily Telegraph, will spend close to $5m on the site before its completion.
In regards to design, the space boasts sandstone walls and bricks, bare ironbark timbers and beams, and an impressive timber sculpture mimicking the swirl of coffee crema.