Acclaimed restaurant Saint Peter is set to open its doors again on 17 July, but things will look a little different.

Josh and Julie Niland made the call to renovate their Paddington restaurant during shutdown, and the couple have decided to take a new approach.

“For Julie and I, being deprived of the nightly joy that is a busy, happy restaurant prompted us to reevaluate and make changes,” says Josh.

“Saint Peter has long been our dream restaurant. But, dreams change and they grow. For us, the best seat in any restaurant is at the counter or by the kitchen, watching the night unfold. And we’ve found a way to offer the best seat in the house for as many of our customers as possible.”

The restaurant has done away with tables and chairs instead installed a single counter down the centre of the venue lined with plush stools.

There’s room for 20 diners who will be able to watch and interact with chefs on the other side of the bar.

“This layout has long been a dream of ours, to better enable us to share our passion for Australian seafood intimately from just across the counter, curating a truly memorable experience for each of our customers,” says Josh.

The restaurant will also kick off with new lunch and dinner menus, with highlights spanning a coral trout sandwich and 14-day dry-aged Murray cod along with live purple sea urchin and Fish Butchery’s signature fish charcuterie.

The lemon tart has made a return, alongside a chocolate slice with Murray cod fat caramel.

Bookings are recommended and are now open.

Saint Peter will operate from Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, with lunch available from Thursday to Saturday.

Image credit: Josh Niland

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