Last week, Access members excitedly piled into Chez Blue, a new Parisian-inspired bistro tucked away inside beloved inner-west pub The Sackville. It was the night before the much-anticipated restaurant opened to the public, and Access members were the first to experience it over an Editors’ Preview night.

Bubbles were flowing as guests mingled, before sitting down for three delicious courses. Dinner kicked off with tuna niçoise, a chicken-liver pate with a brûléed top to crack, followed by dory filet and a generous saddle of Gundagai lamb, roasted whole and carved to order.

Between courses, there was a lively chat between head chef Mark Williamson, Solotel CEO Elliot Solomon and Broadsheet Sydney’s food and drink editor Grace MacKenzie. We found out the venue and menu were both inspired by Woollahra institution Bistro Moncur, which is why Solotel worked hard to land ex-Bistro Moncur head chef Williamson.

The evening finished off with a selection of three desserts, including an indulgent lemon tart, Paris-Brest and a classic opera cake, which were hits amongst the happy diners.

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