Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt have opened Monopole in Sydney’s CBD, after relocating their award-winning and trailblazing wine bar from Potts Point.
Co-owner and sommelier Hildebrandt said: “We’re excited to finally open the doors to Monopole in the CBD. It’s the perfect evolution of Monopole. When we first opened, we loved that locals would drop in regularly for a glass of wine and snacks. This is a big part of Monopole’s identity, which we look forward to introducing to the CBD”.
Monopole’s new CBD location sits at 20 Curtin Place, overlooking Australia Square. The 70-seat venue will have a bistro feel during the day, catering to the CBD’s corporate audience, and a more classic wine bar feel at night.
Co-owner and chef Brent Savage said: “We’ve given a lot of thought to Monopole’s menu evolution, and this new menu has given me the opportunity to put the Monopole twist on some classic dishes, such as salad niçoise, steak frites and snacks like parmesan and caramelised onion gougères.”
Dishes on the Monopole menu include: crisp potato with smoked sour cream and salmon roe; tuna salad with green bean, tomato, egg yolk and olive; pappardelle with peas, green garlic and pangrattato; steamed snapper with leek, capers, butter and chervil; Merguez sausage with roasted fennel and harissa; and scotch fillet steak with fries and pepper sauce. There are also two sandwiches on the lunch menu: Moreton Bay bug, cucumber & yuzu mayonnaise, and smoked brisket, carrot & pickled padrón pepper.
The new wine list will feature French and Australian wines, including back vintages of rare estates and domains, a deep selection of Burgundy and Jura. True to Hildebrandt’s signature approach, expect to see some breakthrough producers.
Monopole will be open for happy hour Wednesday to Friday, featuring half price bar snacks, $88 bottles of NV Louis Roederer Champagne, $12 cocktails and $20 carafes of wine.
Long-time collaborator Pascale Gomes-McNabb has designed the space, making use of the floor-to-ceiling glass bi-fold doors to create a colourful, light-filled space that brings the outdoors in. The venue features a copper bar, American-oak tables and a stunning open kitchen. Christopher Boots mobiles hang from the ceiling, while Bride & Wolfe rainbow mirrors adorn the granite columns. A 20-seat dining room is available for events.
Monopole is open for lunch Wednesday to Friday, dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and the bar is open for drinks and snacks between lunch and dinner service.
Savage and Hildebrandt will open Ria, a pizza- and wine-focused venue, in the original Monopole site towards the end of 2020.