Dean & Nancy on 22
Dean & Nancy on 22 has one of the best drinking views in Sydney. It's in a semi-circular space with windows two storeys high and a 360-degree aspect. It's on level 22 (hence the name) of the luxe A by Adina Hotel. The leather banquettes and kitchen look out over garden rooftops. And harbour views can be spotted between sandstone buildings and ultra-contemporary glass towers.
It's by the team behind Maybe Sammy, cafe spinoff Sammy Junior, and pizza parlour Maybe Frank. Dean & Nancy has a sleek but restrained black, marble and gold aesthetic that allows the food, drink and view to take centre stage.
As at Maybe Sammy, creative director Andrea Gualdi approaches the cocktail menu with the care and seriousness of a man who oversees the drinks at the world’s 11th best bar, and the playfulness of someone who loves his job.
There’s the Double or Nothing, which is served with a pair of dice (rolling a double will get you a glass of champagne on the house), or the 23rd & Broadway, a Wild Turkey Rye, sandalwood macadamia and madeira cocktail that’s accompanied by a stick of sandalwood incense smoking under a glass. The Coffee Champagne is made with Mr Black coffee liqueur, vodka, peach wine and champagne, and is infused with fresh vanilla and served on tap.
Executive chef Jane Strode's (Bistrode, Rockpool, Langton’s) menu of share plates is equally creative. There’s simple fare, such as Sydney rock oysters and an exceptional Pinnacle Scotch fillet that’s served medium-rare, with chimichurri. More complex dishes include the Fireball: crisp Greek kataifi pastry (string pastry) wrapped around a mixture of ’nduja and mascarpone, baked and served with tomato jam and Westmont pickles.