Serving as the culinary heart of ever-blossoming Chippendale, Kensington Street is a glimpse into the future of metropolitan dining. From fancy French bistros to the Blade Runner-chic of Spice Alley, there’s something here to suit every appetite.
Automata does its thing, and it does it well. And what is that thing, you ask? Why, it’s a wickedly indulgent, regularly changing five-course set menu! This ultra-modern restaurant’s marble sheen and double-storeyed splendour create a fine backdrop for such a bountiful feast, and it’s all so lovely that you’ll never want to leave. Find out more
“Really enjoyed my meal here. Very modern and sleek new restaurant in the Old Clare Hotel. They offer a 5 course set menu with the choice of matching wines. The dishes were creative and had great flavours.” – lulull
Run by a French chef and inspired by the rich nourishment of his youth, Bistrot Gavroche revels in bringing suave Parisian style to Sydney. Every single thing on the menu is creative, beautifully prepared and brimming with flavour. If you’re a fish lover, we suggest you go with the ‘Dos de Seriole et Piperade’, which is pan-seared Hiramasa Kingfish with capsicum ragout. Mmm. Find out more
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One of several new venues built into the gorgeously refurbished Old Clare Hotel (Automata being another, of course), Kensington Street Social is definitely the place to head for a thrilling dash of Mediterranean flair. It’s the brainchild of Michelin-starred English chef Jason Atherton, and the Sea Urchin Rice with Moreton Bay bug tail, sea blight and bisque is the stuff seafood dreams are made of. Find out more
“The atmosphere was crisp and clean and the decor was relaxing with an industrial feel. Every dish we ordered was beautifully plated and the full of flavour.” – sweetandyummie
It’s time to make our way through the hanging lanterns and alluring aromas of Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley. Our first stop is the hawker-esque Hong Kong Diner, where you can feast on such authentic comfort food as barbeque pork, wontons, a variety of dumplings, and the absolute best congee in town. Just remember; Spice Alley is totally cash-free, so don’t forget to grab a Kopi-Tiam card on your way in! Find out more
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Brought to you by the super-talented (and dashingly handsome) Tiw Rakarin, who you may remember as executive chef over at Mama’s Buoi, Bang Luck is Spice Alley’s proud representative for Thailand. Expect smooth green curries, crispy fried pork belly, mussel pancakes and much more, and don’t ever pass up the chance to sample the utterly sumptuous Slow-Cooked Pork Ribs. They’re good. Find out more