With the inner Sydney city being such a central hub of activity, it is naturally full of dining options, but finding a place that provides an opportunity for business people to meet, greet and get down to works may sometimes prove challenging. The recently opened District Brasserie -nestled away in the lower ground floor of Chifley Plaza is a much-welcomed site, perfectly catering to this need.
District Brasserie features a refreshingly modern décor and utilises the space well, with contemporary seating and a completely open kitchen for a more immersive dining experience. The front of District is eye-catching when exposed to natural light as it was when we visited. The natural atmosphere lends itself to a wood-heavy design, and this change in scenery provides a welcome change from the often bland office setting.
Our appetites were satisfied by an incoming display of entrees and mains. The steak tartare featured smoked onion crumble and an egg yolk on top. The mains included steamed market fresh fish, which was well-cooked and very tasty – accompanied by an arrangement of mussels, clams, button mushrooms and spinach. We also sampled the Jack’s Creek sirloin steak, which was tender and served with triple cooked chips on the side.
Meat free options were also presented as part of the tasting, which included a leafy beetroot salad. This came with goats cheese and puffed grains which added a fresh and unique flavour.
The ensuing desserts definitely tasted as good as they looked, with each plate carefully prepared and presented. These were made under the watchful eye of pastry chef Jason Hillier-Leggatt in the adjoining bakery and are a real highlight for the sweet tooth. Single O coffee beans are also used to keep caffeine loving patrons content through the day and night. It goes without saying that any indulging in this style of dining is incomplete without a drink to wash it down with. The central bar is fully equipped with an extensive selection of wines (either by the glass or bottle), as well as some of our resident favourite beers on draught; namely Young Henrys Newtowner and 4 Pines Kolsch.
All in all, District Brasserie is a comprehensive all-day restaurant that bodes particularly well with the corporate sector. Both the décor and atmosphere are an ideal space for everything from business meetings over lunch or dinner to a day off in the city that’s a little more elegant.