Gildas

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48 Albion Street
Surry Hills, 2010 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON closed
TUE 5:00pm - 12:00am
WED 5:00pm - 12:00am
THU 5:00pm - 12:00am
FRI 5:00pm - 12:00am
SAT 5:00pm - 12:00am

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Cuisine
  • Spanish
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  • Wine

It's been a minute since Lennox Hastie made a huge splash on the Netflix series Chef's Table: BBQ. But the acclaimed Firedoor chef has opened something new in Sydney. 

Gildas is a Firedoor spinoff in the form of a Spanish wine bar, following a neat collection of other Spanish-influenced openings in the last 12 months (Parlar and La Salut among them). 

The Basque-themed wine bar is located a stone's throw from Firedoor, opening within the former Chur Burger site. And we finally know when the hotly anticipated new venue is opening—Tuesday 6 September. 

Inspired by Hastie's time in the Basque country, Gildas boasts a smart menu using top-quality Spanish and Australian ingredients, with Zach Elliott-Crenn heading up the kitchen.

Dishes include the likes of tartare with rock oyster cream and sorrel, spanner crab churros, charred leeks with lado, traditional Jamon Iberico from Spain, and ham made in NSW from Bundarra Berkshires but in a Spanish style. There's also a trio of the bar's namesake, gildas—a classic Basque pintxos (skewered snack) of white anchovy, guindilla pepper, and olive— with two twists cheekily called the "Grillda" as well as the "Matilda". For dessert, the highlights are tocino de cielo (egg and syrup flan) and smoked buffalo milk soft serve with dulce de leche. 

On the drinks front, jerez (AKA sherry) is the hero, with Sommelier Benoit Jackman leading the wine list. And, of course, there's an excellent martini—it is 2022, after all.

As for the space, the sleek Albion Street bar boasts a soft gum tree-like palette, with pale timbers, brass accents, and sage green banquettes, while still echoing a European sentiment. A warm not overly designed space where you could drop in for a pre-dinner drink or settle in for a while. And in true Euro wine bar style, much of the restaurant will be open for walk-ins, with limited reservations available. 

Image credit: Nikki To


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