Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quarter Twenty One - A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream

The move by Sydney's two-hatted Becasse restaurant to the the Westfield Shopping Centre in Pitt St has set tongues-a-wagging.
Becasse's new digs on Level 5 are part of  a new eatery foodhall complex created by chef/owners Justin and Georgia North.
The Norths and their architects have gone to a lot of trouble to camouflage the fact that you're in the middle of a large shopping centre.
The entrance to the new Becasse takes some of its cues from a theatrical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Vines dotted with fairy lights twist over the walls and ceiling of the long entrance hall turning from shades of green to red representing the changing seasons. I can almost imagine Puck scampering along here.

and at the end of the hall a dramatic forest

The new dining space is small and initimate compared to Becasse's old Clarence Street location. Just 24 seats.

It's warm, romantic and very feminine

Justin is very proud of this 'tastebud' art piece...

...which has little peep windows into the kitchen.

As well as being stocked with the latest gadgetry the kitchen is a work of art in itself.

and it can all be enjoyed at the 8-seater chef's table

As part of the North's food precinct, there's a commercial bakery, a full-time butcher..

... a providore and a cooking school.

and another restaurant Quarter Twenty One....

..which will seat 70 and serve modern European fare.

Last night at the official opening we got to sample a few of the menu delights. Fried prawns...

marinated yellow-fin tuna

and bite-sized duck pies

Justin and Georgia have taken a 4 million dollar gamble that just may pay off.
This is the classiest shopping centre foodhall I've ever seen.

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