Slipping onto the restaurant scene without the big bang it deserved, Duke Bistro is one of Darlinghurst’s newest eateries.
Tucked away one small stride past the Flinders Hotel, you’ll find a very narrow entrance and some stairs where you’ll step into a regal world fit for Dukes and Ladies.
A rich green and wooden interior is dimly lit with tea-cup candles to create an intimate mood, and an eclectic mix of ornaments conveys a unique British-colonial vibe. Think hanging bird cages, wooden carvings, champagne chandeliers and even cobras (don’t worry they’re fake).
One look at the menu will have you already planning your second visit, and with a combo like Thomas Lim (ex-Tetsuya’s) and Mitch Orr (2010 Young Chef) it’s no wonder.
Try the Wagyu with herb dressing and roast cos lettuce, or Lamb belly with cumin, eggplant and pearl onions. Another dish with a difference is the Kingfish gin and tonic, and to further tempt your taste buds try the Tater tots with Duke gravy and edamame.
Okay, we’ll stop teasing… but one last mention goes to the School prawns with spiced tea butter and croutons. Undeniably irresistible!
Duke’s are also lovers of fine wines and spirits of stature. An extensive wine list from all corners of the globe is sure to impress, and cocktails such as the Daisy de Santiago (Light Rum, fresh Lime, Gomme, Yellow Chartreuse & Mint) or the Floradora (Gin, fresh Raspberries, fresh Lime, Ginger & Soda) are truly something special.
But the perks don’t stop there. Duke’s are one of the only fine dining restaurants where you can chat on into the early hours of the morning. Open until 2am on weekends, you’ll have ample time for those long overdue catch ups!
Duke’s Bistro – 65 Flinders St Darlinghurst