Located in Queens Court, or as it appears to be, downtown Provence, the pink stone walls, al fresco dining and designer shops surrounding the café make you feel far from Sydney. The café’s artisan baked goods are now a perfect side order to the new dinner menu. Here you have a seasonal and interesting collection of home-cooked share plate specialties, including their Grilled Peppers ($12) with yuzu salt – a Russian roulette of mild and straight-shooting hot green chillies, soothed by a creamy goats’ curd. The Scotch Egg ($12) is sure to please most, with Italian pork sausage and crispy batter-wrapped quail eggs. Or try the deliciously soft Miso Eggplant ($8) blanketed in crunchy kale and pickled ginger. Partake in a bottle of King Valley Pinot Gris ‘Holly’s Garden’ ($13/glass, $54/bottle) for more of a restaurant experience, with mains like a fleshy tail of Grilled Lobster ($34), cooked beautifully and dripping in saffron butter. Or try the Sticky Chicken with Fennel Slaw ($22), which is marinated in coconut milk and orange juice, and served with sprinkles of pomegranate – a truly exquisite flavour combination. Desserts include the Tahini Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwich ($12) served with strawberries and fairy floss, and that’s just one of the delights that takes Luxe bakery to the next level.
Queens Court, 118 Queens Street Woollahra
Ph: (02) 9363 8828 luxesydney.com.au
Café, Modern Australian $$$