You know ‘that’ kind of guy…Wit sharp as a Saville row suit, a weakness for embellishment, never seen around Sydney in anything less than a waxed moustache and a crisp collared shirt? Henry Deane is your man. Whilst you’ll be 100 years too late, his ‘high’ standards apply especially now Palisades has a new chef and completely new menu.
Brendan Fong, the chef we adored for bringing us those insane duck pancakes at Mr Wong has brought a new food direction to Sydneysiders inspired by the coastal views.
Start with three perfect golden bullion croquettes filled with smokey eel dip into mayo for the indulgent. A salad of NZ King Salmon, purple wombok, seaweed and enoki is crowned with a tiara of young snow pea shoots. It’s a riot of colour. Juicy NZ mussels are tossed with white wine tomatoes, chilli and garlic, just perfect for dipping chunks of toasted sourdough. Brussel sprouts could almost be your choice for dessert doused in a caramel and lime sauce with a touch of furikake for that chilli hit. We recommend the cheese platter which will keep you both amused, especially if you order an espresso martini which seems to be the drink of the night.
You can’t enjoy the sunset properly without a cocktail and thanks to a collaboration between Bar Manager Laura Persiani and Matt Linklater from Melbourne’s acclaimed Black Pearl there is a lot to choose from. We can’t go past a good whisky sour and a glass of Louis Roederer.
Designer Sibella Court (Palings, Mr Wong, Palmer & Co) dazzles blending art deco and 21st Century. Pink sofas, soft pebble tones, muslin curtains, rose gold metal embellishments and walls of tiny white hexagonal tiles. Sprawl on a sofa, sit at a high table or even better, grab one of the few spots out on the balcony.
The things we love are all still there – it’s Sydney’s sexiest rooftop majestically perched on the edge of Barangaroo which is now springing to life. Henry Deane has got it all; food, drinks and views – 360 degrees of drop dead gorgeousness across 2 floors – that’s worth coming back for.
Henry Deane, The Palisades: 35 Bettington St, Millers Point 2000
Opening Hours: Tue 5pm–11pm; Wed to Sun 12pm–midnight