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.
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.
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....
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.