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Bentley to Radisson Blu Sydney

Bentley Bar, Crown Street, Sydney.   Photos by:  Annabel Moeller 25 July 2006

Famed eatery Bentley Restaurant and Bar is relocating from Surry Hills to the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney in the city’s CBD.

The Bentley will be located from late-2013 in the space previously occupied by Bistro Fax Restaurant, maintaining The Bentley moniker and with a menu that will continue to deliver innovative, cutting edge food.

Co-owners Brent Savage (head chef) and Nick Hildebrandt (sommelier) are excited to move into a bigger new site in the centre of Sydney, which will include seating for 80, bar dining and also a significant private dining room.

The Bentley CBD will be open six days a week for dinner, and five days a week for lunch and will feature Savage’s unique modern food, which has developed a loyal following. The Bentley’s head chef Aiden Stevens will continue to deliver exceptional food, under Savage’s direction.

Hildebrandt has a reputation for delivering some of the city’s most impressive wine lists, and The Bentley CBD list will undoubtedly be no exception focusing on the food and wine matching he is renowned for.

Renowned designer Pascale Gomes-McNabb (Cutler and Co, Cumulus, Claude’s and Monopole which recently won the 2013 Belle Interior Design Award for Hospitality) will continue her relationship with The Bentley team, redesigning the historic space to retain its grandeur but update it with her signature detailing and modern design.

Housing Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney since 2000, the heritage listed building was built in 1856 by John Fairfax and Sons to house the Sydney Morning Herald, and later the Bank of NSW, the Victoria style dining room is one of the grandest dining rooms in Sydney. It has direct street access to the corner of Pitt and Hunter Streets in the heart of the CBD.

Glen Goodwin will continue to run The Bentley floor to an incredibly high standard as he has been for the last few years, and he will be based at The Bentley CBD.

The Bentley has had an incredibly successful seven year tenure, including winning Wine List of the Year at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards 2012 as well as a coveted 2 hats for every year since it opened, being consistently in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Top 100, ranked as highly as 14th best restaurant in Australia.

Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney, General Manager, Peter Tudehope is delighted about the upcoming venture.

“Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney prides itself on the guest five star experience and to align with a well established brand such as Bentley’s just made perfect sense,” he said.

“With the new hotel offering, guests will be able to relax in a redesigned restaurant or have the option of enjoying Bentley cuisine inside the comfort of their five star rooms.”

Bistro Fax Restaurant will still operate inside Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney in the former Bilsons Restaurant space following a refurbishment and will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tudehope said the redesign of Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney will not impede on any guests and both restaurants in the hotel will be fully operational by late 2013.

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