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Hartsyard's Former Owners Are Opening 100-Seat Seafood Restaurant Longshore in Automata's Old Digs

Opening in April, it will feature al fresco dining for bites over wine, plus an experimental ten-course snacks flight for folks keen to try a little of everything.
By Ben Hansen
February 21, 2023
By Ben Hansen
February 21, 2023

When Jarrod Walsh and Dorothy Lee announced they'd be stepping away from beloved Enmore Road venue Hartsyard last year, they teased big things in the pipeline, thanks to plans to oversee the food and drink offerings at The Old Clare Hotel. The announcement coincided with the closing of longstanding hatted Sydney restaurant Automata, which operated out of the space next to the hotel bar for seven years — a spot that Walsh and Lee are now making their own.

The dynamic hospitality duo have taken over the Chippendale digs from Clayton Wells and the crew, announcing a new 100-seat seafood-heavy restaurant and bar called Longshore. The multi-space venue will accommodate a variety of patrons, with outdoor seats on offer for light snacks over drinks, an upstairs bar for events and snack flights, and a welcoming ground-floor dining room where you can really lose a few hours.

"We're honoured to be taking over a much-loved Sydney dining room and opening the suburb's first wine bar and restaurant," says Walsh.

"Our menu utilises the whole of Australia's coastline, and is inspired by both our childhoods and our travels around the world. I grew up on the coast in Port Macquarie fishing, camping and exploring, and all these things I learnt as a child, such as how to catch a fish and prepare it, play a huge part in the menu."

There are a couple of different ways to approach the menu at Longshore. Alongside the a la carte selection, the experimental ten-snack tasting flight will take you on a journey between hot and cold mouthfuls — and there's a five-course set menu for diners who want to sample the team's favourite dishes from the menu.

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On the opening lineup, you can expect unique creations like a glazed abalone crumpet with guanciale and sansho pepper, steamed sand whiting with XO pipi butter, and grilled Australian wagyu accompanied by a bone marrow sauce and smoked fat.

Longshore will be open four days a week, with lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. It'll launch in mid-April, but the restaurant's exact opening date hasn't been announced just yet, so make sure to keep an eye on its Instagram for the latest updates.

Plus, if you're still on the hunt for top-notch food on Enmore Road, Walsh and Lee have passed the baton of their old Hartsyard space onto Neville Dsouza, who has opened the sleek produce-driven eatery Irene's. The Hartsyard pair are still involved with the new restaurant, which serves up hearty dishes inspired by home cooking such as tamarind-glazed chicken and garlic cream grilled prawns.

Jarrod Walsh and Dorothy Lee's Longshore is coming to 5 Kensington Street, Chippendale in mid-April. It will be open for lunch Friday and Saturday, and dinner Monday and Thursday–Saturday — we'll update you with an exact launch date when one is announced.

Images: Jason Loucas.

Published on February 21, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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