While rosé has seen a renaissance over the past two years – helped by the arrival of frosé and a string of rosé-focused pop-ups – Rosé Royale is the first permanent dedicated rosé bar. Ronnie Fan and Jerome Dubois came up with the idea more than a year ago.
Dubois, who personally only drinks the pink stuff, has hand-picked the 26-strong rosé list himself (it also includes two red wines and two white wines.) Fan looked after the cocktail list, which also revolves around rosé.
“A lot of places you go have 10 red wines or 10 white wines, and only one or two rosés on the menu. We do the complete opposite and have 30 rosés and 20 of them we sell by the glass,” says Fan.
The design has been influenced by the owners’ love of French history and the monarchy. After spending months meticulously scouring antique shops around Sydney, the space is filled with chandeliers, gold frames and mirrors.
The cocktail list also references French nobility. Fan chose the names first, before testing what ingredients worked well together. Twists on the classics include the Bloody Mary Antoinette and the Rosé Sangria with rosé wine, Lillet rosé, peach, grapefruit, mint and lemonade.
The sophisticated cocktail list includes The Gardens; Les Fontaines; XVI; The Sun King (which pays homage to blood orange); and the Pompadour, which includes Tanqueray gin, rosé wine, Lillet blanc, raspberry and fairy floss.
The dishes also reference rosé; there’s rosé-braised beef cheeks with truffle mash; French fries with rosé mayo; and baguettes with rosé butter. Instead of cooking dishes in red or white wine, the kitchen has thrown in rosé instead. Share plates include the cheese platter, which comes with rosé jam and rosé poached pear. There’s even rosé mayo and butter, which the duo promises works well.
Rosé Royale has teamed up with Alexandria’s much-loved Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie to create a signature cake, which features rosé jelly and grapefruit or peach mousse. There’s also rosé sorbet and soft serve.
7 Kellett Street, Potts Point
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Mon to Thu 5.30pm–late
Fri to Sun 12pm–late