QT Sydney has launched Parlour, an all-day and premium late-night neo-French bistro led by Creative Director of Food and Beverage Sean Connolly.
The bistro is described as a “sultry pocket of Paris in the heart of the city with an eclectic wine program and welcoming charm”.
Connolly has created a menu filled approachable, seasonal, classic French fare inspired by his classical training early in his career and a celebration of what he describes as “French avant-garde”.
Head Chef Kenny Radegonde (previously Felix, La Paris brasserie) works alongside Connolly, bringing over 17 years’ experience in the industry and his own flair to Parlour.
Highlight dishes include Escargot, with smoked ham, pea puree and garlic Pernod butter, Steak Hache à Cheval made with wagyu brisket and served with frites, fried egg, and pepper sauce, and Coffee Crème Brûlée, caramelised à la minute.
A supper menu is also available for late-night dining, which includes Raclette Cheese or Confit Duck Jaffles, served with garlic butter jus and Comté crisps or Fromage with a preferred pour. For dessert there is Crepe Suzette Flambé and Profiterole Dame Blanche.
Connolly said: “I get shivers talking about the technicality of French cooking, its thoughtful food that takes three days to get to the plate. If I was a film director, Parlour is what a French restaurant would feel like. The venue feels like an evening in Paris.”
The Parlour wine experience celebrates Old World French wine regions and the New World order of contemporary Australian wine making they inspire. The wine list showcases over 350 wines of French and Australian icons, emerging stars and avant-garde producers, under the guidance of Chris Morrison, Director of Beverage for QT, who led the group to be awarded 18 glasses at the 2022 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards.
Featuring vintage Champagne and the hero sparkling wines of Tasmania, the steely Chardonnay inspired wines of Chablis face off against the Chardonnays of Margaret River, and the elegant and savoury Syrah from the Northern Rhone face off with the muscular Shiraz of the Barossa Valley.
The wine cellar, or The Bureau, is a room Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald would be inspired to visit. Originally a ticket booth for the movie theatre built in 1929, Parlour’s all female sommelier team and Head Sommelier Samantha Belt guide guests through the menu and expansive selection housed within the cellar walls.
The beverage menu is a collection of classic cocktails with a contemporary twist, paying homage to the world’s most renowned cocktails throughout history. Highlights include French 75, Green Fairy with Absinthe, Champagne Framboise, Martini Francois, Kir Royale and Crème Brûlée Martini.
You’ll find Parlour at QT Sydney, 49 Market St, Sydney.