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“Two hats is about right”
Review of est.

est.
Ranked #7 of 5,992 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Set within a beautiful heritage dining room with soaring white columns and luxurious accoutrements, est. delivers dining on a grand scale. Executive head chef Peter Doyle is renowned for his trademark contemporary Australian food, which is uncluttered, seasonally driven and executed with French-influenced precision. Supporting Peter is Jacob Davey, whom was hand picked for the distinguished est. team after winning the Young Australian Chef of the Year at the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Award in 2013. Add award winning service and an acclaimed wine list personally selected by Franck Moreau MS, and you just know est. is going to be a dining experience not to be missed and long remembered.
Reviewed December 24, 2013

We're been wanting to visit est for quite a while and decided to go for a special Christmas Eve dinner. The setting is lovely, yet somewhat formal for Sydney. The pre-dinner champagne cart was an unexpected treat for a special outing. Service was pleasant and professional. We were a bit surprised not to be served an amuse bouche, which seems to be the norm at every other high-end restaurant we've visited. The superb game consomme with foie gras raviloi was the highlight of the meal, followed closely by the seared scallop with foie gras cream, the quail, and the venison. Not surprisingly for a holiday eve, the dining room seemed to be filled with hotel guests rather than locals, and those sitting closest to us were more interested in taking photos, checking themselves out in the mirror, and talking on their smartphones. This was a disappointing distraction to an otherwise fine dining experience, especially because we have never encountered this behavior in other top Sydney restaurants.

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Thank montCalifornia
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We had our work Xmas lunch at Est last Friday, I was very disppointed. We has four courses for lunch the first two were lovely, our main course and desert was average. The service was very poor. Our drinks were only refilled on request. For the price we paid over $200 per head we were very disappointed.

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Thank Glenn P
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Lovely selection of dishes to suit everyones tastes and presented superbly, great service and wonderful atmosphere, excellent place for a special occasion.

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Thank Chris H
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Located in the heart of Sydney, above Establishment, this is a great venue for business or romantic dining.

The staff are attentive, the food is excellent. Two menu options, with a degustation or 4 course al la carte. Presentation is impressive, and portion sizes cater for multiple courses.

The champagne cart roves the restaurant offering pre dinner bubbles.

It is medium to high end in terms of prices, but the food and service were great.

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Thank BaileyC_21
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Quality of food is an absolute expectation when dining at a 2 hat establishment (no pun intended) and Est did not disappoint. We chose a 4 course chef's menu, 3 of my choice were cooked and presented to perfection, the spanner crab salad, quail breast with poached nectarines and Black Angus fillet were divine, perfectly portioned so as not to over eat. My only disappointment was the passion fruit soufflé which was perfect on the top, but so underdone under the crust that I couldn't finish it. My partner's however was cooked exactly right
The service was a real highlight, expert wine knowledge and suggestions totally complimented our menu choices. Each course was served by two very charming waiters and were perfectly timed and general table service was so unobtrusive so as to appear magic. Empty glasses were whisked away as the waiter past, clean ones appeared similarly. Everyone we spoke to was friendly. The service was elegant without a hint of snootiness you might expect from a fine dining experience. The staff took the very amorous mid 30s couple sitting at the table next to us in their stride, approaching them as they came up for air. A little disconcerting to be sitting right next to them but a slight shift on the sofa seat I shared with them gave both me and them the privacy they obviously weren't expecting.
Yes, it's pricey but for a special occasion such as we were celebrating, I couldn't think of anywhere in Australia I'd rather have been. Little touches like a complimentary berries dessert in honour of our celebration were delightful and unexpected. A gorgeous experience to share with my partner

Thank CarolynM66
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