Looks like Sydney’s CBD is entering a new era. With lockout laws due to disappear in the city shortly, new players like Mary’s Underground, Employees Only and Prince of York (and its basement disco Pamela’s) are painting a much more vibing vision of dinner, drinks and late nights in the city.
Slated to open mid to late November this year, you’ll find it in a basement spot on the corner of King and Elizabeth streets. It’s set to be a classic steak house, inspired by the world’s greatest grill restaurants. Like Bistecca, it’ll be opulent in style and service, with head chef Pip Pratt (Bistecca) plating up things like standing prime rib-roast and “brick” chicken—a deboned bird that’s cooked and served on a searing-hot iron plate.
Unlike Bistecca, however, The Gidley will also do American-style burgers made from chuck and brisket, because, well, we love a good burger here in Sydney.
The wine list has been created by Bistecca’s Alice Massaria. Expect a neat select of Australian and international styles and high-quality back vintages. Cocktails will follow a “straight and stiff” bent, meaning The Gidley will likely be a pretty epic spot for an after work drink too.
Interiors will hero old world charm, with plush leather lounges, private dining rooms and lashings of rich timber.
And apparently there are a few additional surprises still to come. We love the edible candle and phone under lock and key feature at Bistecca’s secret dining room (a design feature that encourages you to savour your steak us much as your conversation), so we’re pretty keen to see what similar surprises are in store for us at The Gidley.
Stay tuned for more details.
While you're here, check out some of the best spots to land a juicy steak in Sydney (Bistecca included).
Image credit: Bistecca | Bob Barrett