From The guys behind Shady Pines, The Baxter Inn, Frankie’s Pizza comes Restaurant Hubert. A deeply sumptuous Parisianesque joint located down them spirally stairs at no.15 Bligh – Hubert has a resplendent old world charm with its red dark woods and lush red curtains. Built over a period of 8 months, Hubert’s venue is a delight to wander through. From the stairs down to the main dining hall, the two bar areas, their theatre and then up to the bridge/ (future charcuterie bar area). This is all mighty impressive. Vibes? A coolly casual speakeasy-esque dining space. Bars intimate and sexy. Service perfect. Drinks and Eats? They knocked it outta the park with Dan Pepperell (Who last wowed at 10 William Street) delivering some of the best eats we’ve had in town at solid prices. Best thing about Hubert? This all goes til 1am in this post lockout world
Cocktails and Drinks at Hubert. The selection of cocktails are classics – from Martinis, Negronis to Whisky Sours. Pictured: Whisky Sour ($20), Campari and Grapfruit $10 Pimms Cup $15. Also here, an extensive wine list.
Smaller Bites: Duck Liver Parfait $17, Boudin Noir $19 and Anchovy Toast $14
With a luxuriant creaminess, Hubert’s Duck Liver Parfait and Boudin Noir (black sausage) were both terrific with the crusty free flowing bread they provided at the restaurant. Tip: Combo the bread, butter, parfait and Boudin noir for an incredible bite. It has to be done. Anchovy Toast comes hidden under a mound of greens but its delicious. With a nice char on the fish delivering a complex bitterness that complements the salty anchovy.
Cooked a nice rare, the Steak Bavette is buttery and gives as you bite into it. There’s 350grams here and its an easily sharable main. Wonderful really. Pommes Anna comes and its thin layers of potato, crunchy and dished up looking like “wontons” and served up with a divine buttery sauce with miso and butter. Incredible that sauce. Together? Pretty perfect. That sauce is truly something else.
Bar Menu: Hubert Burger $19
As with all venues with a bar; Hubert has a bar menu that caters to the bar crowd and here their: Hubert Burger. Its a rather sizable burger that comes (bigger than most you’ll get in Sydney). Pillowy soft buns, medium beef, tangy pickles.
Desserts: Religiuese au Chocolat $14 Melon en Surprise $22
Religieuse au Chocolat (Choux pastry, hazelnut cream, chocolate) is a mini stack choux tower topped with gold foil. With crunchy light shells, its classic dessert if unsurprising. Melon en Surprise is a standout dessert dish and will make it to our top desserts in Sydney dish. Not knowing what to expect, the waitress said it was “really terrific” and it delivered in spades. A halved Santa Claus Melon filled with young coconut sorbet. In it – finger lime, sorrel jelly and tiny melon balls. This is really quite special; crisp, clean with pops of finger lime acidity and a light floral sorrel jelly. This is a dish we’d come back to Hubert for. By the time we got to the end of dinner, we were heaving but this was devoured.
Restaurant Hubert theatre will host cooking classes, masterclasses and events. Just imagine the possibility in this space.
Hubert is alluring, terrific and any sort of superlative you want to throw your way. Ticked all the boxes. Swillhouse’s really nailed this. Get in, no bookings needed. Good times await. (Don’t forget to get the melon surprise). Favourite.
15 Bligh Street, CBD, Sydney,NSW