With high profile restaurants closing their doors left, right and centre, one might have thought it was a bit ambitious to open a degustation only restaurant in a slightly less restaurant trendy suburb. But, sixpenny did it anyway. And, boy, we are glad they did.
Sixpenny, named after the popular sixpenny restaurants of the 1850’s, is a local corner restaurant, that is anything but. Seating approximately 30 people in the dining room, with a private room comfortably accommodating 8, this is an intimate outfit and it seems Stanmore’s residents have embraced their new local.
The space, while elegant, is understated and unpretentious. They say they don’t want you to feel uncomfortable, as is sometimes the case in those ‘fancy’ establishments and we think they’ve achieved it. Warm woods, compliment cream walls. It’s an upmarket 70’s retro vibe in our minds.
Thirty-something chefs James Parry and Daniel Puskas can tout some serious cooking credentials between them, having worked in international restaurants Noma and WD-50 as well as Australian favourites Sepia and Oscilate Wildly. Now do we have your attention?
They offer 2 degustation options each evening, a 6 and an 8 course menu and they’re happy to wine match for you, should you desire, or you may prefer to order your wine separately. Most wines come from NSW and ACT, by the glass or bottle.
In keeping with their intimate feel, the dishes are brought to your table by the chefs themselves. A nice touch.
One word. Stunning. In every way. From the service, to the presentation, to the flavours.
Mind you, this is one for serious foodies. You’re going to want to be a little adventurous in your approach to dining to truly appreciate this place.
In a nutshell:
Price: $$$ Appropriately priced for the fare.
Fare: Degustation only. For serious foodies!
Service: Warm, friendly and personal. The chefs bring out the dishes themselves.
Location: On a corner street in Stanmore.
Ambience: Warm, intimate, unpretentious with a faint 70s retro vibe.
Address: 83 Percival Road, Stanmore
Phone: +61 2 9572 6666
Hours: Wed – Sat – Dinner from 6pm, Sat – Sun – Lunch from 12pm