For over a century, Gowings was Sydney’s iconic department store. After its closure in 2006, many of its original features including the historic Gowings signs above Market and George Streets remained untouched. Like its predecessor, the opening of QT Sydney’s Gowings Bar & Grill, led by creative food director Robert Marchetti (of North Bondi Italian and Neild Avenue fame), is sure to make headlines.

Under the direction of local designers Nic Graham and Shelley Indyk, this 120-seat European-style brassiere glistens with natural sunlight through the restored window frames and features quirky, bespoke touches including micro pineapples in ornament jars, lustrous black tables with caramel art deco chairs, glitzy thimble shaped light shades and walls lined with hand-painted plates of fish and crustaceans.

The open kitchen, led by executive chef Paul Easson, is in itself a theatrical experience, with a wood fire rotisserie and a dedicated glass seafood room featuring flounder, molluscs and a gigantic piece of yellow fin tuna hanging ready for tartare and steaks. The extensive menu showcases local artisan produce, focusing on the wood fired technique with sweet Kinkawooka mussels steamed in a fragrant crème fraîche and shallot broth from the oven and succulent whole roasted quails filled with barley bread and double smoked ham from the rotisserie. For something sweet and sinful, try the soft-centred, molten chocolate cake with house-made clotted cream, or take the stairs to the intimate Gilt Cocktail Lounge above.

With all-day dining, including breakfast minus the buffet (think detox smoothies and wood fired clay pot free range eggs with cannellini beans and pancetta), this space is set to be the CBD’s ultimate dining destination and a much welcomed chic addition to Sydney’s hotel dining scene.

Gowings Bar & Grill
49 Market Street, Sydney

Breakfast 6.30am–10.30am
Lunch from midday
Dinner from 6pm