This exceptional SMH Good Food Guide award-winning restaurant has been a clear winner every year from 2004, maintaining its three hats since. It is the passion and uncompromising dedication for perfection from Peter Doyle and his partner head chef Alex Woolley that places this restaurant experience far beyond guest expectations. With outstanding service, and a wine list overseen by Gourmet Traveller's sommelier of the year Franck Moreau, est. is a dining experience not to be missed.
PRIVATE DINING ROOM
Seating up to 16 people the est. private dining room is the perfect choice for an important corporate lunch, or discreet, intimate dinner celebration. The heritage space features a central dining table, which may be decorated accordingly, and any additional audio-visual needs can be arranged. The room has no hire fee. Minimum spend is $1,500 at lunch and $2,000 at dinner.
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The crème de le crème of restaurants, est. embodies the luxury and opulence of fine dining. Having "ooohh-ed" and "ahhhhh-ed" about friends' experiences at est. and having read the menu a thousand times over, I had only but high hopes for my evening at est. But like most things that you confront with such high levels of excited anticipation, there is always the anxiety that things just mightn't match up. As we stepped off George Street and up the elevator to the first level and finally the doors opened revealing the dining room. The almost all-white interior and high ceilings combined with elaborate columns and chandeliers, evoke thoughts of a wedding scene, it is not sterile, nor was it particularly over-the-top. The maitre d' swiftly took us to our table-for-two where a lovely, smiley waiter introduced himself. Our waiter's knowledge was beyond impressive and feeling immediately safe in his hands, we allowed him to guide us through both the menu and wine list. The result was a night of culinary crescendos – where each sip and taste of both wine and food created little fireworks in our mouths. An entree of spanner crab was followed by a moreton bay bug with artichoke hearts and a lemon emulsion. It was a celebration of everything I love about Australian dining – divine seafood served in a unique and special way. My expectations were not only matched but I now fear that no one, other than Head Chef Peter Doyle, will make my taste buds happy.