As if Cumulus Inc. wasn’t enough, we’ve got another winner from the dynamic duo, chef Andrew McConnell and architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb (who have also brought us Moon Under Water, Golden Fields, Supernormal, etc.) Cutler & Co is their fine dining restaurant – well, at least their version of fine dining.
They’ve given new life to the bones of a former metalworker’s factory with clever design and McConnell’s never-less-than-extraordinary food. It’s a hive of creative expression, from the variety and originality in the lighting (puffy clouds of electrified floating mesh and elongated bulbs reminiscent of a science lab) to the food's expressive flavours.
People don’t just come here for the artful food; the clever design elements are a drawcard in themselves – but it’s the combination that really sets this dining experience apart. Cement columns and exposed brickwork draw on the building’s industrial past, while dishes arrive presented like art and showcasing inspired combinations (don’t be fooled by the simple names, McConnell has gone against the trend of over-complex menu items).
On Sunday they do a $75 set menu incorporating appetisers, a selection of entrees to share, main course and dessert. On Fridays they do a slightly condensed but still impressive $60 three course market lunch. Think business lunch or catch up with friends over uncomplicated, beautiful food. Degustation menus are available at any time at $130
This is fine-dining yet cool and accessible. From casual drinks at the bar to the degustation; you’ll find a mix of diners ranging from young couples to business meetings and family-get-togethers.