Folly’s Bar & Bistro Brings A Relaxed Foodie Haven To North Sydney

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 29 November 2023
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Folly’s Bar & Bistro Brings A Relaxed Foodie Haven To North Sydney

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 29 November 2023

Expect a fusion of local flavours, creative drinks, and a laid-back atmosphere.

Dive into the heart of Cammeray’s culinary allure with Folly’s Bar & Bistro, the newest addition to the vibrant Sydney dining scene. The new establishment is the brainchild of hospitality virtuoso Lachy Sturrock, formerly of Applejack Hospitality (RAFI, Bopp & Tone), and Sam Smith, the licensee of Camperdown’s Alfred Hotel, Folly’s emerges as a sophisticated yet inviting bar and bistro, nestled in the former abode of The Public and Epoque Belgian Beer Cafe on Miller Street.

Drawing on his decade-plus experience in crafting stellar cocktail and wine lists, Lachy Sturrock, together with three Michelin star-trained chef Antonio “Ace” Espiritu, promises an extraordinary culinary journey at Folly’s. Espiritu, known for his culinary prowess honed in France’s L’Oustau de Baumanière and acclaimed Sydney establishments like Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, A’Mare, and Fauna, is set to elevate the local scene with his innovative approach.

At Folly’s, the focus is on local produce and spirits, evident in the locally sourced skirt steak’s peppercorn sauce, Gospel Whiskey infused in the steak, and Four Pillars Fresh Yuzu Gin marrying with Sydney Rock Oysters. The menu showcases a vibrant fusion of flavours, featuring must-try dishes like rigatoni alla vodka made with Australian raw vodka. The beverage offerings are equally impressive, with a concise yet diverse cocktail list that leans heavily on Australian spirits. Standout cocktails include Rise & Fall, a spritz spin made with Rhubi Mistelle Rhubarb, sweet vermouth, blood orange cordial, and prosecco.

Chef presenting Folly's ribeye steak at new restaurant Folly's Bar & Bistro.

Additionally, the wine list is a celebration of new world varietals from renowned Australian producers like Rieslingfreak, Gentle Folk, and Ravensworth. It features skin-contact wines, chilled reds, and a mix of old-world favourites from Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Piedmont. With 18 wines available by the glass, Folly’s offers an extensive selection to complement its culinary feast.

The venue itself, accommodating 130 guests, boasts an inviting ambience with maroon leather banquette seating, marble and timber tables, and wine bottle-lined walls. A custom-made terrazzo-topped bar at the front transitions into a bistro-style seated area, creating a welcoming space for patrons to unwind. Additionally, a private dining room for 30 people is situated at the rear, offering an intimate setting for special occasions.

Lachy Sturrock expresses his excitement about bringing something fresh to the North Shore, noting, “There’s so much happening on this side of the bridge in terms of new dining experiences, and we’re looking forward to Folly’s being a part of that.” Whether you’re popping in for mid-week drinks or enjoying a leisurely lunch, Folly’s promises an inviting space for everyone.

Named in homage to nearby Folly Point, Folly’s is perfectly positioned for both North Sydney-siders and city dwellers being just mere minutes over the bridge.