Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney 2008

Under the direction of Bates Smart

Based on the first Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne which opened in 2006, the Hunter St Rockpool Bar & Grill has an identity of its own. The produce ethos was very literally interpreted in Melbourne, but the Sydney restaurant is more about grandeur and the celebration of dining. It has been said that the former was fairly `beefy` but this one more like a good bottle of champagne.

Not wanting to compete or be overwhelmed by the dominant 1936 heritage-listed architecture, a soft black `3D carpet` of sorts has been inserted in the space. Materials in this almost entirely black palette, include stained oak, marble, mild steel and leather. The creation of intimate spaces, attention to detail and sophisticated lighting ensure that the dining experience will be memorable and probably worth a return visit … or two.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY EARL CARTER