The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar


66 King Street
Sydney, 2000 NSW
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  • European
  • French
  • Coffee
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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  • Wine

The dining room at The Charles Bar and Brasserie Sydney

The Charles is the newest venue from the team behind French favourite Loulou Bistro in Lavender Bay. It's an elegant, decadent affair complete with lashings of black marble, a wrap-around mezzanine, a sculptural staircase, and twinkling chandeliers. 

The venue incorporates a Euro-style cafe, wine bar, and ultra-grand two-level brasserie all in one, built into the Art Deco ACA Building on King Street in the CBD. The brasserie has its own duck and poultry dry-age room and two flashy copper-plated duck press, which form part of the theatre of its signature dish: canard à la presse (10-day whole dry-aged Maremma roasted and pressed duck) complete with tableside saucing and carving. 

"The duck  à la presse is classic French but throughout the menu, we draw on British, Italian, Austrian, and eastern European influences," explains executive chef, Billy Hannigan, who's bringing his classic French training to the forefront, with some more easygoing, Sydney-friendly flourishes.

"We hero the superb produce by serving it simply with a delicious sauce or consommé poured tableside, for example, rather than with overly complex or fussy garnishes.”

Elsewhere on the menu is a Black Opal Wagyu rump cap MBS9+ (just casually); there's a caviar service (of course), and snacks like a soft pretzel with freshly picked mud crab and fennel cream. 

The Charles Bar next door does breakfast (croissant, house crumpets with eggs Arlington, or duck eggs and toasted brioche soldiers—caviar optional).

From 11am til late, it's a bar menu serving yet more caviar with gnocchi fritto, a signature Caesar salad, and rotisserie chicken and frites.

Finally, on drinks is director of wine and sommelier Paolo Saccone (ex-mimi's, Flying Fish), who's dreamt up a list of 600+ wines from France and Australia, with a few other notable European regions in the mix too. 

The brasserie is open seven days for lunch and dinner, 12pm – 12am.
The bar is open seven days for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 7am – 12am.

Image credit: Jiwon Kim

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