Sydney, NSW

Alexandria is officially embracing the latte lifestyle. Located just across the road from the ever-popular Grounds of Alexandria, Vicinity is the work of restaurateur Rob Rubis, who also owns Manta and La Grillade. A casual $2.5 million was spent on the restaurant, with Head Chef Paul Pereira, who has worked at Britain's Lindsay House, Neutral Bay's Finefish and Darlinghurst's Forbes and Burton, behind the pots and pans.
Opening Times
Corner Collins Street
90-96 Bourke Road
Tel: +61 2 9002 1333
Cafe, Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Vicinity offers a dining and bar experience to suit you any time of the day; coffee in the morning, a glass of wine or cocktails at dusk, bar menu, casual dining on the outdoor terrace or a sophisticated lunch or dinner. Or how about brunch on the weekends? This space is the epitome of industrial style, and chic comfort. The menu and daily specials are eclectic, offering choices to suit intimate dining, sharing or group functions. V Sushi Bar is the latest addition to the venue, with rolls such as crumbed prawn and avocado, and seared salmon nigiri.
Alexandria is an unlikely place to find a rocking restaurant, let alone cooking of this calibre. The mastermind of restaurateur Rob Rubis, Vicinity boasts a theatrical, glamorous, Soho-meets-Sydney warehouse design with soaring ceilings, dramatic room dividers and low slung metal lights. Despite its aesthetic, Vicinity has the snugly comfortable feel of a local favourite. But it's not just a restaurant – this 250-seater is also home to a private dining room, an outdoor area with intimate fireplaces where guests can mingle over a pre-dinner cocktail and a casual lounge area apt for long weekend brunches. Tick, tick, tick.

But you can spend all the money in the world ($2.5 million, to be exact) on a fitout and if the food falls wayside, you haven't got a chance. Thankfully the kitchen is in the confident hands of Head Chef Paul Pereira who has wooed foodies across the globe at establishments such as Lindsay House in London, Finefish in Cremorne and most recently, Forbes and Burton in Darlinghurst. There's clearly a formula to Pereira's style and it revolves around cooking on the spit or grilling over wood. Tonight the ‘kindle, coal and fire' specials include sirloin and barramundi. We opt for both. The sirloin is coupled with potato fondant, carrot puree and drizzed with bone marrow butter while the crisp skin barramundi is paired with black olive puree, chorizo cubes and mayonnaise. Pereira's combinations are spot on and both proteins are cooked to perfection. The chips come highly recommended, served with a range of salts and mayonnaise – none of which are really needed and a side of crunchy cauliflower bulbs topped with tempered mustard seeds, curry leaf and green chilli will convert any hater of the usually-bland white vegetable. The ticks continue. We also like that they aim to keep things mostly local, with wines (which can be served in 500ml carafes) from Mudgee, Marlborough, Orange and Yarra Valley and coffee from Morgans in Emu Plains.

Sydney's Inner South has never really been a dining destination. That was until The Grounds of Alexandria and Bread and Circus– now Vicinity has hit the scene, all I can say is watch out 2010.
Anna Lisle
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Bar / Wine Bar
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
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90-96 Bourke Road,
Corner Collins Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
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