Think New York underground jazz club meets the glamourous pre prohibition. Sneaky doors, provocative low lighting, sandstone walls, leather club chairs and intriguingly fabulous cocktails. All tucked away under an awarding winning restaurants in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
The Red Door is one of those rare unpretentiously super sleek gems, taken right out of Don Draper’s secret little black book. This is a place where the the glassware is chilled, the finest spirits sourced globally and the premium service is personalised. “Perfection takes time” is the mantra that the establishment prides themselves on and don’t expect anything less.
So throw on that pinstriped suit and felt brim fedora and allow the talent and knowledge of Matt Siely and his team to blow you away as they mix up a Foveauxtini ($17) tableside. Try the 1941 creation, the spicy Moscow Mule ($17) or a robust Old Cuban ($17) they also have a great collection of wine and bubbles as well as a few interesting beers (Grolsch Swingtops 450mls, Holland $9.50)- otherwise any requests can be matched.
The selection of bar food crafted by Foveaux’s executive chef, Darrell Felstead is substantial and creative- no charcuterie plates here. The handmade grissini, serano ham with roasted pear, hazelnut puree and cres ($14) is a must try. They even do dessert, with the banana ice cream, caramalised banana, digestive biscuit, coffee and tonka ($15) being a favourite. But the handmade simple salt and pepper crisps ($3.50) take the cake. Any bar that makes their own crisps is fine by us!
65-67 Foveaux St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
(02) 9212 4194