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An ambitious new all-day bar and eatery in Parramatta.
Parramatta has always had lots of good places to eat, but things are getting more and more refined. Just this year, modern Australian diner Husk & Vine recently arrived in the neighbourhood, the Speakeasy Group will open a much-anticipated rooftop bar, and big names Rockpool and Sake have announced they'll be part of the exciting development at 8 Phillip Street.
Also keen for a piece of the Parramatta pie is the Aslan Hospitality Group, which has just opened its ambitious new all-day venue, ALEX&Co. beneath Church Street's Meriton Altitude Towers. And it's a monster. The 600-square-metre, $2.5 million, 350-seat space is a restaurant, cafe and cocktail bar in one, featuring three separate menus, function spaces, sweeping river views and seating options for all occasions. It's open almost all the time — from morning till midnight every single night of the week.
Fresh from the pans at NOLA Smokehouse in Barangaroo, executive chef Kyle Quy's delivering a menu of familiar favourites, cleverly executed and crafted around local produce and modern techniques. There's coddled eggs with blue swimmer crab in the morning, freshly shucked oysters and salt and vinegar calamari to scoff alongside after-work drinks, and the likes of oxtail tortellini and a three-hour braised lamb shoulder to see you through the evening.
Meanwhile, Vasco's Max Greco lends his award-winning talents to the drinks list, across a range of bespoke cocktails designed to complement Quy's plates. Highlights include sips like the Riverside — made on dill-infused Bombay Sapphire, chamomile, fresh citrus, white chocolate and an absinthe mist — alongside a tight, yet wide-roaming list of wines and a solid little spirits selection.
51 Phillip St
T (02) 9687 1955
Parramatta Park, corner Pitt and Macquarie Streets
T (02) 9635 1515
1/9 Barbara Street
273 Old Northern Road
T (02) 9680 8788
109-129 Blaxland Road
T (02) 9807 3000
62-66 Blaxland Street
Circular Quay West
T (02) 8014 5661
65 Elizabeth Street
T (02) 9239 5888
55 Doody Street
T +61 1300 888 386
139 Murray Street
T 02 8586 1888
35 Barangaroo Avenue
T (02) 8587 5400
267 Cleveland Street
T (02) 8646 4930
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