Darlinghurst favourite Darlo Country Club is launching Brunch Club over the long weekend. Occurring every Saturday for 12 weeks, it’s an indulgent, boozy brunch party.
“We want to create a constantly evolving space which will take you from brunch, with live entertainment, into the early evening, where our afternoon cocktail drinkers and early restaurant diners arrive to a bustling atmosphere,” says Abrams.
Executive chef Lew’s banquet-style set menu is a mix of decadent breakfast and lunch dishes, the “perfect mix of both worlds”. Start with smoked salmon, seasonal shellfish rolls or roast spatchcock with waldorf salad, and progress to cinnamon churros waffles and custard French toast. To drink, Veuve Clicquot, Chandon NV and a variety of cocktails such as Bloody Marys or Espresso Martinis are available.
The concept was sparked by increasing demand from DCC members for a clubhouse experience, with all-day dining and late-night drinks in a multipurpose venue. The concept abounds in LA, New York and London, but it’s less common in Sydney. DCC was particularly inspired by Soho House and the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge to open its doors earlier. “Brunches are such a huge component of any restaurant overseas, particularly in LA, while in Sydney it’s more lunch-dominated on weekends,” says Lew.
Housed in one of the oldest warehouse buildings in east Sydney, the space has peach walls and cactus-green trusses, a profusion of greenery and an enormous chandelier in the atrium to give it an old-school elegance mixed with a slick country-club vibe.
Brunch Club launches at Darlo Country Club, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, on Sunday June 12 with live music by Peter Dolso (Sneaky Sound System).