Taste the seasons at Été
Sit down to a polished - yet comfortable - dining experience at this French neighbourhood restaurant
French for ‘summer’, Été opened its doors late last year, just in time to welcome the warmer Sydney months. Headed up by chef Drew Bolton (of the former Vine Double Bay), the restaurant truly celebrates each season, with not only the menu and wine list changing with the seasons - but also the décor, and a quarterly installation of produce and flowers that greets you as you enter the space.
Having spent his younger years in the Blue Mountains, Drew has a deep appreciation for quality produce, local farms and suppliers - and this reflects heavily in his French-Australian menu. Dishes like clay-baked chicken with asparagus and truffled potato puree and pork with fermented apple and hibiscus sauce showcase a mix of classical and new techniques, and reflect his classical French training.
In fact, Drew's CV reads like a dining bucket list - having worked at a number of Michelin-starred establishments, under Matt Moran at Aria Restaurant, with Peter Gilmore at Quay, and taking on the Executive Chef position at Vine before launching Été.
The French-focused wine list will change each season, focusing on a different region of the land of baguettes and escargot. You can also choose from a list of premium wines - and thanks to the Coravin (a device allowing a single glass to be poured without oxidising the remaining wine), you can order these by the glass and not have to fork out for a whole bottle. "The Coravin allows for us to bring a whole new realm of wine to the average punter,” says Drew.
The restaurant's design (by Foolscap Studio, the team behind Noma Australia, Wulugul Pop-Up and Shortstop Sydney) is open and welcoming. There’s plenty of timber, accented by paintings and dramatic single line murals of faces by artist John Zabawa, blending classic provincial style with an assured Australian-ness - much like the menu itself.
Été is located on the corner of Barangaroo Avenue and Shipwright Walk (at the base of Tower One), and is open Monday to Sunday.
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