Gowings Bar & Grill at QT Sydney

49 Market St, Sydney 2000
(02) 8262 0000 or www.qtsydney.com.au


Art-driven design and eccentric characters (read: staff) throughout QT have given it quite the reputation since its opening in September. The new Gowings Bar and Grill has made an entrance on the first floor of the hotel. The restaurant interprets classic brasserie cuisine, with a diverse menu focused on local ingredients and wood-fired rotisserie. Robert Marchetti has joined as Creative Food Director, bringing more than 24 years of experience as a premier restaurateur.

The visitor’s experience begins with being beckoned through the door by the “Directors of Chaos” and then taking a ride in an elevator with music reflecting the number of people in the group (romantic, lonesome (!) or party). Referencing the heritage of the Gowings Department Store and the historic State Theatre, ostentatious costumes enhance the theatricality of the “cast members”. Executive Chef Paul Easson and his team prepare a wide-ranging assortment of dishes, ranging from New York deli-styled classics such as Matzah ball soup and pastrami sandwiches, to new interpretations of delicacies such as yellowfin tuna tartar, suckling pig, whole-roasted quail and Wagyu beef steaks.

Ian Cook, Managing Director at Five Way Cellars, joins Marchetti and Easson as the restaurant’s Wine Consultant.

QT Sydney is set within the historic Gowings Department Store and heritage-listed State Theatre. Inside is a mix of original features, curated digital art installations, eclectic artifacts and design pieces inspired by the retail and theatre history of the buildings. LED art walls are framed by restored art deco and baroque details, next to  spotlights and ornate gilt display cases. Designers Shelly Indyk and Nic Graham have set many quirky nuances across all 200 rooms and the public spaces of the hotel.

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