Claude’s, not quite as you remember it

This old friend is not quite as you remember it. Say goodbye to Claude’s infamous curtained windows and locked door, and hello to a casual space with friendly service and a cracking menu that won’t break the budget.

Was that a gasp? Don’t worry, Claude’s fine dining lives on (upstairs) in all of its glory where loyalists can continue to graze through a five or eight course tasting menu of Chui Lee Luk’s flawless creations.

Meanwhile, downstairs has been reimagined by interior architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb (think Bentley Bar, Cumulus Inc and Cutler & Co) where bold colours meet sharp lines, and contemporary lighting hangs from the ceiling. Get comfortable at the stainless steel bar or nab a table along the angular mirrored wall while revelling in classy finishes like cut crystal and imported Italian cutlery.

Take your time perusing the well-tuned wine list before diving into bar snacks like Moonlight Flat rock oysters and house-made pickles. Moving on, find entrées like cured kingfish with fennel and sea urchin, and Claude’s iconic soufflé a la Suissesse. Still hungry? Go for mains of Suffolk lamb belly with fish fragrant artichoke and delicate ocean trout with saltbush and palm heart. To finish, order a sticky and savor every last delicious mouthful of the lemon, milk ice and muscovado dessert.

Reacquaint yourself with Woollahra’s sweetheart and fall in love all over again.

10 Oxford Street Woollahra 2025
T: 02 9331 2325
Bar: Lunch Sat-Sun noon-3pm, Dinner Tue-Sat 6-11pm
Restaurant: Wed-Sat 7-11pm


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