District Brasserie opens in Sydney’s Chifley building on Monday 10 July. The modern Australian bar and restaurant will provide a casual yet refined dining experience within the newly revamped retail and dining precinct.
Owners Sam Loufit and brothers John, Peter and Leon Vissaritis, will launch the venue – which features a bakery and a brasserie – alongside manager Simone Weller (ex-Manta) and head chef Mark Knox (ex-Black and Public Dining).
The 200-seater restaurant has been built by MPA and designed by Paul Kelly. The space has a casual elegance with distressed walls, aged brass and a polished green marble bar.
Jason Hillier-Leggatt (ex-Chef La Renaissance) is at the helm of the in-house bakery, which will offer pastries and organic sourdough bread. The menu features Granny Smith apple and blueberry bircher; smoked ham and gruyere toasties; hot-smoked trout salad; and charred broccoli and goats cheese tarts.
The bar and restaurant will be led by knox and Robert Ackroyd (ex-Arras), who have a created a menu that heroes local produce. The menu includes breakfast options like the Ora King salmon, poached egg, green tahini and crispy quinoa with kelp salt, as well as lunch and dinner items like steam Hapuka, button mushroom, warrigal greens, clams, mussels, lemongrass and ginger volute; and Jack’s Creek ‘cote de beauf’ cooked in the Spanish charcoal oven with triple cooked chips, horse radish and mustard.
Sommelier Ben Moechtar has curated a drinks list featuring 120 wines, with varietals from European and Australian wine growers. Champagne Pommery, Young Henrys and Four Pines round out the list, while Single O’s Resevoir blend will be served in both the bakery and brasserie.
“The opening of District Brasserie completes another piece in the repositioning of Chifley as a sophisticated food and beverage destination. With it’s a la carte restaurant, wine bar, in house bakery, lobby espresso bar and amazing interiors by renowned designer Paul Kelly, the offer adds another tier to the number and quality of dining options available to all,” said Victor Gasper, group general manager of Ipoh, which runs shopping centres including Queen Victoria Building, The Strand Arcade, Chifley and The Galeries.