When Hubert first opened, there was a lot of hype surround this French inspired restaurant. It was the “place to go” and bookings were practically impossible. We went a fair time after the hype had died down, which allowed us to get a group booking at a reasonable time.
Entering from Bligh Street, you’re met with a huge wooden door and then the spiral staircase down to the restaurant is what strikes you first. As you stroll down this staircase which is lined with bottles of alcohol and dimmed lights, and you feel like you’re stepping back many years.
As you enter the restaurant, there is a bar to the right and a huge dining space of tables, booths and feels like you’re in Europe. Fringed lamps, candles with dripping wax and a stage with a piano is set up and as waiters move around the room, it feels vintage, romantic, classy and sophisticated.
Whilst the restaurant is expensive, the banquet menu was extremely good value. For $85, you get 10 courses to share, needing a four-person minimum for the meal.
Beginning with bread and charcuterie is good to pick from whilst you’re setting in to a drink or two. Don’t fill up too much as there is a lot of food ahead of you.
The duck parfait was super cute: a plate of liver mousse, topped with bread “ducks”.
The market vegetables with pickled mussels and aioli were colourful and fresh.
One of my favourite foods is beef tartare and this one here is good quality wagyu served with some extremely nicely flavoured French fries. The main dish of the evening is a whole chicken with bread sauce, extremely moist and easy to devour (if you’re not already too full).
The full chicken and a side of small strips of layered potato in a buttery sauce were incredible and with a salad of red velvet lettuce and herbs made the sides to our main.
What else could you have for dessert, but Crème Caramel! Light and tasty, made with egg custard and a bitter caramel.
If you do want to try a little more, there’s a $125 banquet too. Ala carte would suit a duo of diners, but any more than that, get a banquet as it allows you to sample more options, and the key favourites from this top restaurant.
The drinks are high quality, the wine list is incredible and the service is impeccable. The waiters are efficient and unobtrusive and food comes out in a timely manner. Highly suggested for your next classy dining experience in Sydney.