Brothers Dane and Alex Bouris are better known as hoteliers and property managers than restaurateurs, with their boutique hotel Morgans right in the heart of Darlinghurst. But with an adjoining space on their hands and a strong business drive, it’s no surprise that the boys have branched out, opening The Alibi just a couple of weeks ago.
The brothers drew on their extensive background in hospitality and design to re-imagine the space, adjacent to Morgans, which has previously housed the Peroni beer pop-up among other ventures. Interior design is the work of Nadine Alwill and Rebekah Clayton from Alwill Design and creates a glamorous 1920s speakeasy vibe – a welcome escape from the hubbub of Kings Cross.
Reeling in a crew with an impressive collective hospitality CV, the team includes head chefs Adam Lane (Tetsuyas, Nobu London, Sake) and Shimpei Hatanaka (Masterchef, Sushi E and Sake), mixologist Andrew Thomas (ex-Merivale Group) and manager Will Smallbone (Bayswater Brasserie and The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay). You can’t fault the pedigree, with the modern Japanese menu offering braised pork belly with yuzu kosho daikon, or crispy tea-smoked quail. There’s also an extensive sake offering, a hefty rum list (over 20 options), art deco decor and a mood drawn straight from the sophistication of the early jazz era.
The team reckons that The Alibi has been well received so far, drawing diners and after-dinner groups looking for something a little more refined on the Victoria Street strip.
Shop 1, 304 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9331 7897
Tues to Sat 5pm–midnight