Gault&Millau's review

Owner Flavio Carnevale successfully transitioned Popolo to Marta, introducing a predominantely Roman-style menu, at the same well-positioned site in Rushcutters Bay, with Chef Claudio Barzano now at the helm. The well-stocked bar forms the centrepiece of the open-plan restaurant, with the indoor seating also extending into a large courtyard space outside. The service is incredibly attentive, impressively so, even when the restaurant is near capacity. Simplicity is the key to Roman cuisine, and Marta’s interpretation does not deviate from that premise. The antipasti selection includes simple favourites such as anchovies and butter bruschetta, and house-made ricotta with tomatoes, capers, olives and anchovy dressing. Larger plates feature generous portions of free-range chicken or bisteccas. The pasta section of the menu includes the popular cacio e pepe, along with rigatoni, fettuccine and bombolotti. And then there’s the Roman version of pizza – choose from 11 options, ranging from a simple margherita to the spicy norcina. PSST! To complement your meal, the extensive Italian wine list offers something for all palate preferences. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide


50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
2000 Sydney


+61 2 9361 6641

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Opening hours

Tuesday  / 17:30 - 23:00
Wednesday  / 17:30 - 23:00
Thursday  / 17:30 - 23:00
Friday  / 17:30 - 23:00
Saturday  / 17:30 - 23:00
Sunday  09:00 - 18:00 / 18:00 - 22:00


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13.5 / 20

verde restaurant + bar

115 Riley Street (cnr Stanley Street), Darlinghurst, 2000 Sydney

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Infusing his cooking with inspirations and recipes from the Calabrian region of Italy, Chef Antonio Ruggerino serves up simple dishes that match quality ingredients with home-style care. Nestled in a green and quiet corner of bustling Darlinghurst, and featuring dark brown interiors, exposed ceilings and high arches, the restaurant is perfect for candlelit dinners. With two full pages of the wine list dedicated to champagne, prosecco and sparkling, verde feels like a favourite for families and friends to celebrate special moments. Generous arancini balls are a typical way to open the meal, with a refreshing octopus and potato salad another popular option. House-made pastas like the Calabrese tagliatelle with pork shank ragu are hearty and traditional, with more complex offerings like the black gnocchi with prawns, mussels, grape tomato, basil and chilli–brandy bisque also available. Secondi plates fuse Australian favourites like barramundi and Riverina Angus beef sirloin with Italian spices, ragus and red wine reductions. The signature salad sees lettuce leaves tossed with Ruggerino’s mum’s red vinegar recipe. PSST! Chef Ruggerino offers in-home cooking classes. Check out the website for details. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

sushi e

sushi e

Level 4, Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney, 2000 Sydney

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With such a deep-rooted history and culture in the art of sushi, Chef Michael Fox (ex-Carbone, Hong Kong) and his team have a duty of care to ensure that the highest quality of rice and seafood is served, and that certainly is the case at sushi e. As you are ushered to the sushi bar by the wait staff, the waft of incense immediately creates a Zen atmosphere. Dining at sushi e is not just about consuming wonderful morsels but also about enjoying an experience that is captivating in its performance and execution. Quick direct slices and incisions; flicks of wrists to discard offcuts; various movements of wipes of hands, blades and boards; dabs, squeezes and brushes of sauces, emulsions and pastes all make for great theatre. With these quick actions, the scampi akaza ebi is produced and dispatched accordingly. The alfonsino, which has been ever so lightly torched and dressed in a white soy, shallot oil and yuzu dressing, is a must-have as the dressing combination is phenomenal and pairs so well with this fish. PSST! Hemmesphere – the wine and cocktail bar – is situated nearby and may be a good option to conclude your meal. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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17.5 / 20


83 Percival Road, Stanmore, 2000 Sydney

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A Gault&Millau Australia TOP 100 restaurant Chef Daniel Puskas maintains a serious gastronomic pace at sixpenny, and fixes an invigorating lens on fine dining. He constantly references the familiar and then raises it to complex, glamorous heights. The elegant little room, masquerading as a humble, curtained shopfront in leafy Stanmore, is home to an aura of service and atmosphere that is intense yet understated. And while the food itself is delivered and narrated to diners by the chefs, the experienced floor staff seamlessly attend to everything else. There is no menu, so relinquish control and listen closely as your dishes are presented. A puffed pumpkin ‘scallop’ – a miniature version of the Aussie potato staple – reminds you that good ideas are eternal when reinvented cleverly. Butterpoached John Dory is offset by a dark pickled red cabbage and a buttermilk foam. A robust nugget of succulent ruby red scotch fillet is flavour boosted with sweet caramelised shallot and a syrupy marsala and mushroom jus. PSST! Check out the deeply sour/sweet sourdough made from the previous day’s roasted crumbs, coffee grounds and golden syrup. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide