Great contemporary seafood with a view of the harbour? This is the place to go.
It’s not that Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt have deliberately sought fame and formal acclaim for their work, but more a case of awards and adulation following them wherever they go.
The journey began with their highly acclaimed Bentley Restaurant + Bar, awarded ‘Best New Restaurant’ shortly after opening, and two hats every year since. In 2012 they opened Monopole in Potts Point, which picked up two coveted hats and ‘Best Wine List’ at the recent Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards (which the pair hosted on The Streets). The casual bistro Yellow was added to the stable in 2013 and earlier this year turned exclusively vegetarian to great acclaim.
Brent is twice-winner of the SMH Good Food Guide’s ‘Chef of the Year’, and Nick was crowned Australia’s best Sommelier at the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards, and picked up ‘The Judy Hirst Award’ for the Sommelier Responsible for the Winning List (for Bentley).
We could go on, but you get the picture: these guys know their food and wine. It’s little surprise then that the pair’s latest and perhaps most ambitious venture, Cirrus, has received instant acclaim.
The menu is a respectful and thoroughly contemporary celebration of what a harbour and beach-obsessed city is all about. Sustainably sourced seafood is front and centre, with a menu that changes with what’s fresh and local - think Northern Territory mud crab and Sydney kingfish. There’s a supporting cast of delicious, progressive, modern food and small share plates that showcase seasonal produce.
Oh, and the wine list is extraordinary - a beautifully curated collection of over 500 from the most celebrated winemakers in the world. Long-time collaborator and designer Pascale Gomes-McNabb has added her signature aesthetic to the space, creating a dining room that is sophisticated, elegant and fresh, using every morsel of natural light to deliver the unique essence of the harbour to every table.
Cirrus is located on Wulugul Walk, and is open 7 days a week.