HOTEL CENTENNIAL
Sydney, New South Wales

Chef Justin North is set to take charge at Oxford Street favourite, Hotel Centennial. The Hotel contains two bars and a restaurant; the latter offers casual, brasserie-style dining mostly for adults during the week, but becomes more family-friendly at lunchtime on Sundays. The menu is Modern Australian with large dose of Italian and European influence, with seafood and meat offerings. A cool cocktail list gives the beer, wine and spirits menu a kick.
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General info

Address:

88 Oxford Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

Suburb:

Woollahra

Contact:

Cuisine:

Bistro, European, Modern Australian, Shared Plates

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Justin North could've packed his bags and never set foot in a professional kitchen again. Instead, he's pulled on his chef whites at Hotel Centennial, Sydney's answer to the London gastropub.

For a man who has made his culinary mark with intricately orchestrated degustation menus, the carte du jour at Hotel Centennial comes as a surprise. But to compare the nine-course degustation at Becasse to Hotel Centennial would be like comparing instagram followers to real friends. The starters and salads are straightforward, playing on simple flavour combinations such as miso marinated tuna with toasted sesame. Executed to textbook perfection but lacking inspiration. The wood fire oven, however, is where the menu redeems itself. Despite what one would presume, the wood fire is tricky to use but once mastered, it's a formidable tool. In addition to flatbreads with toppings such as fig and caramelised onion or sweet potato and lamb, North uses wood-burning for more unusual dishes. He roasts goat with an Indian spice and pheasant, which he serves in three courses. There are glimpses of creativity but for the majority of the menu, he plays it safe with whole Holmbrae chicken, a whole suckling pig and lamb shoulder. Not that safe isn't delicious.

At Hotel Centennial, you feel as though you could pull up a chair on a Saturday morning for coffee before being effortlessly convinced to stay for a long lunch and before you know it, it's late into the night and your lingering over a cheese platter and a glass of moscato. Most people have read the news about the collapse of The North Group. Instead of judging people based on their past mistakes (because goodness knows we've all made a few) I'll leave you with this thought: "yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift…" (B. Olatunji).
Anna Lisle

Specials & Events

Yalumba Wine Dinner @ Hotel Centennial
Dates Tue 25 Oct to Tue 25 Oct
Location Woollahra, New South Wales
Category Wine / Beer Events and Tastings
Description Hotel Centennial is extremely excited to present the next event with Yalumba Family Vignerons c.1849, presented by winemaker Jane Ferrari. Do not ...

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
300 pax

Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 100-300
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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