Henrietta Supper Club pays tribute to Darlinghurst’s past life as Henrietta Town, named for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife.
Set in the space above Tigerbakers on Victoria Street, the dining room space is dark and brooding, full of low-lit lamps and tall, dark-oak tables and chairs.
Partners Simon McGoram and Dom Carnevale were the team to take over the now defunct Bondi FM space and replace it with new local favourite, Neighbourhood Bondi. When the old space above Tigerbakers opened in November, they jumped at the chance to try something new.
“We had the opportunity to open a venue to serve a late-night crowd,” explains Carnevale. Catering to any reasonably behaved late-night meal seeker, Carnevale admits that the reality is that the majority of their customers are in the hospitality industry.
With Kim Douglas (former sous chef at Rockpool Bar & Grill) on board as chef, the menu is full of European influence. “Kim’s Irish,” Carnevale says, “so the menu is a slight twist on Irish and British favourites.” Warming dishes include snapper and scampi pie served with pea and leek puree and whole stuffed spatchcock with parsley root purée, fermented fennel and salsa verde. Order sides of seeded soda bread and cultured butter or traditional colcannon; potato mash mixed with savoy cabbage and kale.
The Supper Club serves meals until late with its Supper Club Menu replacing the full dining menu after 10.30pm. It’s a refreshing compilation of easy bar snacks such as oxtail croquettes, chicken liver paté and Macquarie Scotch Egg with black pudding and apple-cider sauce.
The drink list is separated into easy-to-grasp headings. The Ladies’ Parlour section features sweet and fruity cocktails. The Shaken Not Stirred section and the Club Cocktails are all tried-and-true classics, some served simply and some a little unorthodox.
Henrietta Supper Club
Level 1, 292–294 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9356 3429
Tue to Thu 6pm–2am
Fri Sat 6pm–5am