What’s better than seeing an almost 150-year-old heritage-listed building come to life again and offering Sydneysiders three new places to eat and drink at the same time? See all of the above happening right next to the city’s newest boutique hotel. Meet Porter House, the soon-to-open five-level bar and restaurant, making this a reality – and giving the CBD a new must-visit location.
In July, a trip to 203 Castlereagh Street will mean choosing between several bars and restaurants (or, if you prefer, jumping between them all). In a structure that dates back to 1876, has been restored over the past four years – and was previously used as a tobacco factory, warehouse, furniture maker and leather merchant – Porter House will include a delicatessen and a stylish wine bar European, a brasserie, plus another bar.
At Henry’s Bread and Wine, which will operate seven days a week on the ground floor, all-day programming will be on the menu. This will include enjoying wagyu pastrami reubens with sour onions, shrimp buns and blue-eyed trevalla bagels – and also being able to choose between eat-in and take-out for breakfast and lunch. As for drinks, expect to sip from a central bar surrounded by a four-meter wall of wine, mostly from Australia. And, flowers will fill another wall, all thanks to an on-site florist.
Next, Dixson & Sons – named after the Dixson family, who built the site all those years ago – will span almost 200 square meters on the first floor. Seating 90, it will be casual yet elegant, with banquettes, tables for two, a few semi-private dining areas and a six-meter bar perched in the middle. On the menu from Executive Chef Emrys Jones: a heavy emphasis on New South Wales produce and the use of every part of every ingredient. In addition to seafood, you can expect to sample native flavors such as bush tomato, native thyme, lemon myrtle, lime, and macadamia dukkha.
A sampling of potential dishes include salt-baked beets with labna; roast lamb with eggplant and miso purée, cruciferous vegetables and chocolate jus; and potatoes roasted with bush tomato salt.
Finally, opening in spring rather than winter, the 225 square meter Spice Trader bar will occupy the upper level – with glass panels over more than half of the roof to make the most of natural light. Drinks will be served in a 16-meter sage marble bar and expect to drop plenty of cocktails, with the drink list yet to be revealed.
As for its other two floors, Porter House will fill them with private dining spaces and several reception rooms.
Want to make it a party? That’s where the adjacent $94 million Porter House Hotel – MGallery comes in, which is also set to launch in July alongside Henry’s Bread and Wine and Dixson & Sons. Featuring 122 rooms, it will occupy the first ten floors of the neighboring 36-story tower, with 131 residential apartments filling the other 26 levels.
Linking the two buildings: a pair of new walkways with glass balustrades and rails, showcasing the contrast between the heritage features of Porter House and the modern design of MGallery, a key objective. In fact, it’s the overall aesthetic in general, as seen in the interior design of the hotel. Think: touches of leather and pressed pewter, gold and brass fixtures, wooden floors, soft shades of pink and gray, warm lighting, heavily used curves and arches, and mismatched modern and vintage furniture.
Hotel guests will all have access to a rooftop garden and a 12.5 square meter heated swimming pool.
And, adorning the exterior, a 335 square meter mural by Maria Fernanda Cardosa. Reaching 11 floors, Ripples and droplets also goes big on arcs and circles – and is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in Sydney’s CBD.
Yes, you may have just found your next place to stay. That said, with Sydney also just winning Australia’s first Ace Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria also opening its first-ever Australian hotel in Sydney in 2025, your list of places to stay for a night away from home keeps growing. lengthen.
To find Porter’s house at 203 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, from July – we will let you know the exact opening date when announced.
Images: artist impressions.
Posted on May 31, 2022 by