THE COMMONS arose from the shared aspirations of a diverse group of friends, who believed that Sydney needed another way to drink and dine. The resulting restaurant and bar is simple in its offering; a calm environment that takes pride in the city’s culinary and cultural resources.
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THE COMMONS takes many design cues from its 160-year-old structure, with the addition of modern architectural features that lighten the heavy, heritage framework. The furniture in the front courtyard and main dining room references familiar, communal items such as school desks, church pews and farm tables; and low energy LED lighting is positioned to cast soft silhouettes against the hand-chipped sandstone walls. Downstairs, the vinyl music library and sturdy bookshelf provide the opportunity to listen or browse, and the back garden is filled with native and exotic plant life.
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THE COMMONS believes wholeheartedly in doing fewer things, but doing them better. Husband and wife team Christopher and Gabrielle Moore curate the limited, daily menu with a reverence for seasonal, local produce. With a small team of experienced chefs and cooks, the kitchen’s sharing dishes are inspired by the eating houses of Italy, France and Britain.
THE COMMONS’ antipasti menu features pates and terrines of free-range poultry, heirloom tomato salads and smallgoods from local small-goods hero Pino. Lunches consist of sandwiches made with homemade coleslaw and relishes, and a select range of fresh seafood, meat and vegetarian mains. Dinner adds a number of slow cooked, traditional dishes to the chalkboard.
Boutique wines and beers are on offer if you wish to simply meet for a drink, and like the food menu, the wine list changes with the seasons.
For early risers, coffee and breakfast are served in the front courtyard from 8am on weekends, where you will also find newspapers and quiet music. Breakfast is available until 12pm.
Antipasti and Light Meals – $8 – $20
Mains $12 – $28
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Suburb: The Commons Darlinghurst