Toppi Martin Place, a vibrant Italian late-night restaurant in the bustling city precinct, will open this October.
Named after chef and owner Paola Toppi, the bar celebrates two generations of female culinary leaders and offers Sydney’s CBD a fun and elegant spot to eat, drink and socialise.
A smart, vivacious cousin to the Rushcutters Bay restaurant, Toppi Martin Place will well and truly embrace ‘La Dolce Vita’ – a place where people can escape from the every day.
“It feels like I’m going back to my roots, during what is an exciting and hopeful time for Sydney’s CBD. Operators are investing in the area again and we have the opportunity to bring back life and energy to our city,” says Toppi. “We want Toppi Martin Place to be the ultimate meeting place, bringing people together from all ages and walks of life.”
The expansive 30-metre-long venue, designed by Steel + Stitch, features dark, atmospheric aesthetics with sandstone, steel and beige tone accents. Here, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of dining experiences and their ever-changing menus that hero traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist.
There’s an elevated pasta bar, where the signature house-made pasta will be theatrically prepared in front of guests. The cocktail bar will be the perfect spot for those dropping in between meetings or for a quick bite after work, serving up mixed plates of antipasti like carpaccio, scampi and zucchini flowers, inspired by the ‘cicchetti’ – small bites and side dishes – served in traditional bàcari of Venice. The dining room will provide a more formal dining experience, with mains showcasing seafood, meats and decadent pasta dishes.
The wine list has been carefully curated by Bar Manager Matteo Belkeziz, featuring a beautiful blend of local and international wines, with special attention paid to Italian varieties. Iconic names and labels will appear alongside small producers with limited bottling power – all displayed proudly on Toppi’s wine wall at the entrance to the venue. The cocktail list is built on Italian classics – think barrel-aged negronis made with grappa, in-season fruit bellinis, and Toppis’ ultra-decadent tiramisu martini.
Notably, the launch of Toppi Martin Place will mark Toppi’s 31st year in the restaurant business – certainly no small feat for a woman operating in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Toppi began her career in 1988, joining her mother, legendary Sydney restaurateur Giovanni Toppi, under whose guidance Toppi learned the skilful art of managing a successful business while cooking beautiful Italian dishes. She then launched Bar M (formerly known as Bar Machiavelli) at 10 Neild Avenue in 2016, offering refined glamour and rustic Neapolitan-style cooking to Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay.
Both eateries, Bar M and Toppi Martin Place, are at the forefront of championing the late-night dining culture in Sydney and creating a memorable dining experiences.
“I’ve been in this industry for over three decades and am passionate about what small businesses, like ours, contribute to the diverse and vibrant cultural fabric of a city,” says Toppi. “We’re really proud to return to the CBD, celebrating our family’s history in the area with a fresh and modern concept for the Sydney of today.”