Chicken, Champagne and sneakers at new Surry Hills eatery [gallery]

02 February, 2016 by
Danielle Bowling

Butter, due to open in Surry Hills on 11 February, is the latest venue from the team behind Thievery, and is paying homage to New York City’s hip hop culture.

The site has 70 sneakers in the front window and a menu that focuses on crispy fried chicken as well as a selection of “flashy Champagne.”

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The kitchen is led by Julian Cincotta (ex-Nomad, Rockpool) who has compiled a menu with an American-Asian influence, featuring dashi butter and chilli bases. It’ll also include fried chicken (four levels of spice: Naked, OG, Fire and HOT AF), crispy chicken sandwiches served in sneaker boxes and butter inspired soft serve, which will change monthly, with flavours including buttery croissant, burnt butter and chocolate peanut butter cup.

Butter will cater for lunch and dinner, with all options available takeaway.

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Bar manager Paul Flynn is compiling the drinks menu, which is focused strongly on Champagne. The list includes Pt-nat and Crmant, artisanal Champagnes from Larmandier-Benier and Andr Beaufort as well as classics like Dom Prignon and Krug. Cocktails include the Frozen Hennessy Cherry Cola or Butter Washed Vodka, and there will also be a small local and international wine list, with a focus on natural, minimal intervention wines.

Interior designer, Alex Zabotto-Bentley of AZB Creative has worked with mixed materials and a palette of burnt coal, rendered raw concrete and pumice to create a space that pays homage to underground bars in New York, Barcelona and Tokyo. The interior boasts giant photographic images plastered across the ceiling along with neons set to illuminate the 40-seater bar and eatery.

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