Hey Honey? How are you doing sweetie? Well life is pretty good if you are a bee living the luxury highlife ontop of the Swissotel Sydney in the CBD. A collaboration with Sydney Bee Rescue beekeepers has resulted in four beehives, with the bees servicing the nearby Royal Botanic Garden and supplying Ten Stories with its own freshly harvested honey.
We often talk about paddock to plate…this is beehive to bowl. The launch of Ten Stories restaurant nestled above the bustle of the shopping district is a calm oasis of creams, feathery flowery displays and a magestic wine table in the centre. But, love and community is at its heart.
Award-winning executive & celebrity Chef John Giovanni Pugliano has over 25 years’ experience (ex Nobu London, Aqua & Langham Place Hong Kong, Fairmont Dubai and most recently, Russolini Group in Sydney) he has created a menu leaning into his sustainabilty and artisan values with a gentle nod to Italian and Asian accents.
We kick off with char grilled sourdough and oh la la honey butter! Next up are starters of a potato rosti with pencil leeks, asparagus and luscious hollandiase topped with a magestic crispy crumb coated hens egg. It’s an elegant dish.
Main of paperbark roasted spring chicken is succulent and smoky, followed by a nonna style gnocchi all glossy from a parmesan cream with aromatics of black garlic.
Fries with a swiss fondue are a fun partnerhip. Just when you think that you shouldn’t, you really must when we are offered dessert of honeycomb crunch gelato with white honeycomb & honey blossom flower.
The wine list is thoughtful and varied, but it is the cocktails which bring the rooftop bee work to life! Italian breakfast is a delight, house smoked pancetta, honey, barrel aged bourbon oh and a smidgen of orange.
Ten Stories is a restaurant with bee-longing. It has created a unique dining experience showcasing the work of the humble bee who been given a platform to perform its best work. We leave thinking more deeply about how our dining experiences connect us to nature ,the workers, bee and human intent that brought us such memorable experiences.
Swissotel Sydney Ten Stories
68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Hours: Thursday Lunch & Dinner, Friday Lunch & Dinner, Saturday Lunch & Dinner and Sunday Lunch Only