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This art deco-inspired Double Bay venue is an unusual mix of casual and fine dining (with great cocktails).

Double Bay's newest addition Brick Lane is the latest venture from the hospo geniuses behind Seadeck, Sydney's permanent floating venue which is now joyously open to the public. This new, relatively casual eatery joins restaurant Vine Double Bay — with which it shares chef Drew Bolton — down the unassuming foodie laneways of this eastern Sydney suburb. The vibe at Brick Lane may not be as luxurious as the team's yacht, but it has a similar art deco fit-out and 1920s cocktail bar vibe that seems more akin to a chic home in the Hamptons than a Sydney restaurant. But similarly to Seadeck, every detail is considered to perfection, including the incredibly courteous and professional waitstaff.

The cocktails are the star of this show, starting with the Royal Yacht ($18) the tropical drink is a mix of spiced and white rum, rhubarb bitters and finished with a creamy froth that makes for the most lavish of rum punches. If you're looking to beat the heat while staying classy, go for the Frozen French ($18), which is a fresh, minty nip of frozen gin and is the perfect way to start an evening — or afternoon for that matter. Brick Lane opens for lunch Friday through Sunday.

The posh interior gives way to a menu that is an unusual mix of casual and fine dining, spanning from smoked chicken wings ($14), burgers and dogs ($18–26) to fine cuts of steak ($36–52) that are worth splurging for. Bolton brings his usual focus on seasonality and sustainably-sourced produce with him from Vine and Seadeck, wth the cattle used in all venues raised on a nearby NSW farm.

While the steaks and mains are certainly a draw, we think the venue is best suited for snacking while sipping on those extravagant cocktails we mentioned earlier; the steak taco ($8) better resembles a mini gyro with its charred pita shell, and the jerk chicken salad ($22) is easy to share and is a bright and spicy accompaniment to your libations. The classic burger ($20) can come cut for two and is an extra cheesy bite that is definitely more diner food than fine dining.

If you've saved room for dessert, we'd especially recommend one of the liquid variety — their espresso martini ($19) uses coconut tequila and the roasted aroma of the espresso is a perfect finish.

Published on January 25, 2017 by Marissa Ciampi

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