The Charles Grand Brasserie Brings European Indulgence To Sydney CBD

Bars, Drink, Eat, Restaurants / 4 October 2022

A Black Opal Wagyu rump cap MBS9+ and the French classic ‘Canard à la Presse’ are the ‘plats du jour’ inside the heritage-listed, art deco-inspired space. 

Journey from day to night at The Charles Grand Brasserie, with an all-day dining café and wine bar that begins with coffee and breakfast, or venture into the night discovering the splendid sophistication of the grand brasserie dining room and mezzanine for indulgent dining with a side of savoir-vivre.

A dedicated duck and poultry room allows Classically French-trained executive chef, Billy Hannigan (Loulou Bistro; The Ledbury) to dry-age 100 glazed birds at a time before being roasted into the perfect crispy-skinned house signature ‘Canard à la Presse’. Dishes are served and sauced tableside for an element of theatre that balances the flavourful simplicity of the menu.

Of course, no fanciful brasserie offering is complete without a caviar service. The seafood-themed portion of the menu also features; freshly picked mud crab with fennel cream and espelette served alongside a soft pretzel; and a brown butter poached marron with peas, ham and marjoram.

While the house specialities are designed to share, the rest of the menu allows for individual ordering, meaning you can devour a decadent main of sweetbread and crayfish vol-au-vent with fennel, cimi de rappa and vermouth, all to yourself. For dessert, flag down the roving brass dessert trolley layered with house-baked cakes, desserts, and petit fours delivered tableside during lunch and dinner, turning into a delicious afternoon tea trolley between meals.

Just as impressive as the opulent menu is the space itself. Black Nero marble, brass detailing and deco chandeliers adorn the grand double-height mezzanine space. Next door in The Charles Bar, the ambience gets a little moodier with deep walnut timbers, mosaic marble floors and a commanding brass back bar.

The Charles Bar menu projects a much more casual vibe. It begins with breakfast – freshly baked croissants and pastries; eggs Arlington with house crumpets; or the option to go all out with duck eggs and toasted brioche soldiers topped with optional caviar. From 11am, it transitions to the bar menu featuring decadent bar staples like chicken liver parfait with cornichons; and marinated sardines with fennel on a freshly baked baguette.  

The Charles Grand Brasserie will open October 21, 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, 12pm – 12am with The Charles Bar opening 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7am – 12am. 

Find out more and book your table here.

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