Pyrmont is set to welcome a new Euro-leaning wine bar, helmed by acclaimed Sydney chef Justin North (Hotel Centennial, Becasse). Opening next month within boutique hotel Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Mister Percy pulls its inspiration from the Mediterranean — for its menu, wine list and designer fitout. It's named in honour of Percy Ewart, a former wool classer who worked in the site's original wool-store.
In the kitchen, head chef Luca Guiotto (A Tavola, Catalina) will deliver a considered lineup of pintxos and large share dishes, built around classic coastal European flavours and top local produce. You'll find creations like chargrilled Clarence River baby octopus with local chorizo and pickled green chilli; locally made burrata teamed with prosciutto, pea shoots and fried potato skins; and a grilled Port Lincoln sardine tart.
It's a vibe that's mirrored in the drinks offering, too, with consulting sommelier Chris Morrison assembling a wine selection that heroes Mediterranean grape varieties and local producers. Expect to find yourself kicking back with drops like Beechworth's Jamsheed rousanne, or a touriga-shiraz blend from Gundagai, while admiring the luxurious, old-meets-new interiors by the award-winning Luchetti Krelle (Banksii, Matinee).
The former hotel lobby has been transformed into a classy blend of leather, cane bark, plush fabrics and Venetian-style paintings, paying homage to its history while simultaneously celebrating the contemporary.
Find Mister Percy at 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont, from late July.