JANUS - CHIFLEY SQUARE
Sydney, New South Wales

Neatly nestled inside the elegant Chifley Plaza, Janus is a contemporary Italian restaurant under the helm of the charming chef Mario Percuoco. The restaurant offers a melange of booth and table seating, ideal for intimate corporate lunches. The food on offer is a medley of traditional and contemporary Italian fare, inspired by Mario’s Neapolitan heritage. If you are running low on time, head to the kiosk at the plaza’s entry for a strong coffee and indulgent piadina.
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General info

Address:

2 Chifley Square
Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Suburb:

Sydney CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

Bar snacks, Cafe, European, Italian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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DETAILS

Designed by New York architects Kohn Pederson Fox in association with Travis McEwen, Chifley Plaza epitomises the luxury and opulence of the art deco era. On the lower ground floor of the building, sitting snugly beneath boutique retailers and law firms, Janus is a popular Italian eatery that caters for suit-clad crowds. Bankers and lawyers converse over cappuccinos and cannoli in the early hours, whilst lunch time sees flocks of marketing Mongols snacking on mixed antipasti. The glass wine room, nestled under the plaza escalator, offers a good selection of Australian and Italian drops, with some elegant clarets hailing from Veneto.

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Mario Percuoco comes from a family of chefs, nay a dynasty. His great grandfather was a chef, his grandfather (whom he is named after) was a chef, his father is a chef (Armando Percuoco of the Paddington landmark Buon Ricordo), and he, too, is a chef. Although predestined to join the family trade, “Did I have a choice?” he laughs half-joking. Mario is passionate about what he does, and more importantly, like his father and father’s father, is very good at it.

Fronting the open kitchen at Janus in Chifley Square, Mario is your stereotypical Neapolitan chef; loud, exuberant and charming. He greets his corporate clientele, or “business bludgers” as he has affectionately coined them, with a mighty “Ciao! Come stai?” before chatting away about family, work and the like, all while simultaneously cooking pasta and dishing out orders to the rest of his team.

Whilst he brings his dishes into the modern age with sophisticated presentation and pricing, Mario continues to pay homage to his Italian roots. His food is strongly grounded in the traditions of his forefathers (quite literally), and such classicism is a real treat when perfectly executed.
A more traditional dish of linguini marinated in a light, peppery sugo di pomodoro, buttoned with parsley and topped with two perfectly cooked scampi is a wholesome and satisfying pranzo (lunch) that pairs agreeably with a glass of Fattoria Zerbina Ceregio Sangiovese from Northern Italy’s Emilia Romagna. A salad of organic beetroot, quinoa, pistachios and goats cheese hailing from Liguria is Modern Australian in its essence, but plated with a passion that is only afforded by a real Italian. “See how I am plating this dish?” Mario remarks in his Neapolitan accent, “I let the vegetables fall onto the plate naturally, letting them grow into the space as though they were in a garden”. It’s true, a burgundy Eden has blossomed, and it too is divine.

If you have time to linger in true Italian style or ‘business bludger’ fashion, take a seat at one of the intimate wooden booths inside the restaurant and revel in a long lunch. If time is not your friend, there is always the Janus Kiosk out front, which offers a well-rounded selection of indulgent piadine, panini and insalate to eat-in or take-away.
Sami-Jo Adelman

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Breakfast
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Romantic / Intimate
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