Nordic-inspired restaurant Norsk Dor has been taken over by new management after 17 months. It will soon be transformed into a cocktail and wine bar called Door Knock. The new team is led by former Australian World Class ambassador Natalie Ng (Mojo Record Bar, Eau de Vie).
At 70 Pitt Street there’s a nondescript silver door. There’s no visible signage out front. Open the door and enter a long, eerie hallway. Keep going and you’ll arrive at a door with a pineapple doorknocker. It opens onto a cavernous cocktail bar. Now, you deserve a drink.
“No one will know what to expect until they go through those doors, it’s surprising … somewhere people will want to seek out and have a drink. It’s part of the mystique,” says Ng.
A lot of knowledge will be poured into the drinks here; Ng has a strong background in spirits. “I am very particular. We want the list to be fun and innovative without taking ourselves too seriously,” she says. There will also be a large selection of natural wine on offer, as well as classic varietals.
Bar manager Jonathan Carr (ex-Kitty Hawk bar manager and former brand ambassador for Archie Rose) also has a tight cocktail background; he recently came second in this year’s Australian Bartender of the Year competition.
Sherry will be top shelf, served straight or in cocktails. “We’re really into it,” says Ng. “More people are appreciating it in Australia, it’s something we love as a team.”
Voltaire Silver (former chef at Fratelli Fresh and Cucina) will serve a modern take on croquettes, fried chicken wings with daikon salt and plates of suckling pork belly.
Doing away with the Nordic theme altogether, Door Knock will be casual. “We want the place to feel like a home away from home, like a cabin in the woods,” says Ng. Graphic designer Chanel Liquori (former bar tender at Eau De Vie in Melbourne) will help with the branding, while artwork will be imported from the US and UK, but that’s all she’s willing to divulge for now. You’ll have to find it to find out more.
Norsk Dor will close for a week in mid November, reopening as Door Knock at 70 Pitt Street, Sydney.