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The Devonshire

204 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel : +61 2 9698 9427
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Awarded One Chef Hat - The SMH Good Food Guide 2013-2014
Formerly Sous Chef at Sydney’s renowned Restaurant Balzac, Jeremy Bentley now heads The Devonshire, producing inventive, modern European cuisine. Located in the heart of Sydney’s cosmopolitan Surry Hills, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner before a show at the Belvoir.

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Up the end of the leafy Devonshire Street in Surry Hills.

While this year’s class of Sydney restaurants have been a bit too-cool-for-school with their slates instead of plates and deconstructed, recreated, new-school dishes, the Devonshire is a more mature student to have just enrolled. The restaurant’s menu needn’t strive for culinary trends of the moment, instead comfortable in its classic fine-dining skin. And so it should be, with chef Jeremy Bentley’s experience at London’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, The Square.

Fashion fades, but style is eternal, and the Devonshire is stylishly simple. Dressed elegantly with one wall embellished in a pretty range of ornate mirrors, while dishes show off a creative and quirky edge. The very cute quail birds nest salad serves potato strings delicately woven into a fried nest that holds crumbed quail eggs and pieces of the sweet meat, while wispy frisée and bois boudrin sauce complement the entrée. Deliciously simple in comparison is the steamed mulloway accompanied by a subtly salty sardine vinaigrette and two savoury mussel beignets. Puffy pillows of potato gnocchi are woven with pine mushrooms and peas, while sharp parmesan gives the comforting dish a nice bite. Afternoon tea is recreated into a night-time affair with Devonshire tea-infused crème brûlée served in dainty teacups with scone-ribboned ice cream on a bed of biscuity crumbs, and some blissfully blobby cherry jam.

Despite being the new kid on the block, the Devonshire has effortless style and grace, and needn’t evade its well-executed classics to prove itself among fellow Sydney diners.

Edwina Storie
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I lunched alone in the opening week. The pen in my handbag was not working and so the waiter kindly lent me one. I later found that a Sydney reviewer of some note dined on the same day - he also borrowed a pen. He found things lack-lustre. I was anxious for my partner to return from his work commitments in the deep South, so I could introduce him to this special place, with special delights. Offal was on offer, so offal we had. Seafood starters preceded the offal - all excellent. Cheese plate was well presented, coffee very good, partner wolfed the petit fours and declared them excellent. The Devonshire is a short stroll from Central Station, so could be a good meeting place for  22/06/2011

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