A modern Italian restaurant-meets-bar and fusion French-Japanese eatery are set to open at Raphael Place in the heart of the CBD.
Finding a bite to eat in Sydney’s financial district tends to be a grab-and-go affair. With a handful of bustling food courts within a walkable radius, dining in isn’t typically the norm for busy corporates and CBD workers. But things are changing. With the rise of new cutting-edge foodie precincts, buying lunch in this part of the city is becoming more than just pre-made salads, sambos and soups.
The latest dining precinct to emerge in the heart of the CBD is Raphael Place. Finding its home on the site of the old Government House Stables, this new dining destination is part of the One Farrer Place complex just a short stroll from Circular Quay. It might be rubbing shoulders with sleek commercial towers, but this new precinct is set to deliver two bold new restaurants to CBD diners.
The first new player is Raphael’s, an all-day Italian restaurant and bar. Led by Chef Enrico Gelin and Beverage Director Quynh Nguyen, Raphael’s takes inspiration from the dining rooms of Milan in the 1960s and 1970s, boasting a spacious alfresco courtyard as well as cozy dining rooms in the basement of the historic terraces lining Phillip Street. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a breakfast meeting or a Friday night drink, this new courtyard spot is set to tick all the boxes.
The second new venue to open in Raphael Place will be Artistry Garden. This French-meets-Japanese restaurant is headed up by chef, Masahiko Yomoda (who has worked in Michelin Star venues across France and Japan), most recently responsible for his own Michelin starred Arbace restaurant in Australia. Featuring a specialty charcoal oven, expect premium seasonal ingredients treated with care and creativity.
Together, this duo of new dining destinations is set to bring this part of the CBD alive. Artistry Garden and Raphael’s are now open, with the official launch of the Raphael Place precinct set to take place on March 16th 2020.