As if Cumulus Inc. wasn’t enough, we’ve got another winner from the dynamic duo, chef Andrew McConnell and architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb. 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, or elongated bulbs reminiscent of a science lab) to the expressive flavours of the food.
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 name of the ice-cream sandwich).
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 lunch. Think business lunch or catch up with friends over uncomplicated, beautiful food.
This is fine-dining writ cool and accessible. From casual drinks at the bar to the degustation, you’ll find a mix of diners ranging from young couples to family-get-togethers.
We can only say that we love it… for a combination of reasons.