Review of Restaurant Hubert
Restaurant Hubert is brought to us by the Swillhouse Group, who are also responsible for Baxters Inn, Shady Pines, Frankie’s Pizza and Alberto’s Lounge. The restaurant is hidden behind large wooden doors and you will need to descend the staircase, lined with over 4,000 miniature liqueur bottles from the 20’s and 30’s, to reach this underground den.
Once you do, you will be greeted with a magnificent dimly lit dining room and bar with a bustling vibe and bow tied waiters. The vintage decor is warm and cosy with dark woods, leather banquette seating, tasselled lamps and plenty of candlelight. It pays homage to the grand European dining rooms of yesteryear.
The space is divided into distinct sections. Bar Normandy offers full bottle service and overlooks the Beatrix Dining Room, whilst Bar Pincer serves its own bar menu and the Chester Lounge offers comfortable booth seating. There is also a private dining room known as the Botero Boardroom.
Now, let’s get to the food. The menu is overseen by Chef Dan Pepperell (ex 10 William Street) and offers French bistro classics. For entree you might like to choose the Clams Normandy – tender pippies served in a tarragon cream sauce, or maybe the classic Prime Beef Tartare and Frites. For main, we highly recommend you consider ordering the Chicken Fricassee to share. The bird is cooked to perfection and served in a decadent tarragon gravy, complete with head and feet! The Whole Cod is another solid option, served with brown butter, capers and lemons. Finishing with dessert, we suggest the Melon en Surprise, a half Santa Clause melon filled with young coconut sorbet. It’s a refreshing ending to a stellar meal.
Andy Tyson’s wine list is generous with Australian and International drops and your sommelier will be more than happy to provide you with suggestions. Plus, there is an interesting cocktail list on offer, depending on your mood.
We think Restaurant Hubert is a top addition to the Sydney CBD scene. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal in the Beatrix Dining Room, or just to enjoy a cocktail in the Chester Lounge, you’re sure to feel right at home in this luxurious basement den.
One word of warning – they don’t take bookings for groups under 6 people (sigh).
Address: 15 Bligh Street, Sydney
Hours: Mon – Sat – 5pm – 1am
Website: Restaurant Hubert