Now Open: King Clarence Arrives with Live Seafood Tanks and an Ambitious Menu From Khanh Nguyen

This bustling 100-seat diner comes to Clarence Street from the Monopole team with grilled lobster, fish finger bao and an approachable wine list.
Ben Hansen
Published on January 09, 2024

Arriving in a flurry of new openings for the Sydney CBD, King Clarence is the latest restaurant from acclaimed chef Khanh Nguyen and the award-winning hospo crew Bentley Dining Group (the team behind Monopole, Cirrus and, of course, Bentley Restaurant + Bar).

It's a case of the prodigal son returning home, with Nguyen moving to Sydney to rejoin the group after cutting his teeth at the team's restaurants early in his career before moving down to Melbourne to open his wonderful restaurant Aru.

Adding to Sydney's nightlife resurgence, the expansive venture celebrates Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine in a 100-seat space that co-owner Brent Savage promises to be "fun, loud, and busy".

The menu here is designed around the kitchen's custom-built barbecue and live seafood tanks. Impressive highlights pulled from the tanks or placed on the grill include the signature grilled rock lobster, 14-day aged duck, whole roasted pork belly ssam and grilled miso eggplant.

Choose your poison and pair it with a cucumber salad and spanner crab fried rice. Or, order a selection of lighter dishes, including woodfired edamame, fish finger bao, lime and nori scallops, pork and prawn dumplings, and Spencer Gulf kingfish collar.

Hate to choose? Never fear, there's a pair of set menus available for $95–154, depending on how extravagant you pictured your night. The next-level Signatures Menu runs through plenty of the above items, plus oysters, beef tartare, chicken liver skewers and coffee parfait for dessert.

Matching the ambition of the King Clarence menu is the drinks on offer, especially the vino.

Polly Mackarel, former Head Sommelier at Cirrus, is curating and guiding you through a wine list that's equal parts approachable and comprehensive. There are more than 40 drops available by the glass and plenty of bottles on offer for $100, with the list placing particular focus on rieslings, chardonnay and medium-bodied reds. Those looking to impress can even dip into the Bentley Wine Vault for a rare drop if the budget allows.

This is one to get on your new restaurant hit list ASAP.

King Clarence joins a host of new venues that have recently opened on Clarence Street, including Palazzo Salato, Old Love's and Cash Only Diner.

King Clarence is now open at 171 Clarence Street, Sydney. Head to the restaurant's website for more info and to make a booking.

Published on January 09, 2024 by Ben Hansen
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