Fresh Catering are pleased to announce that The Governors Table Bar & Dining will officially open its doors to the public on Monday June 16th 2014 following an extensive renovation and expansion of the dining space at The Museum of Sydney.
Located on the site of the first Government House in Australia (built in 1788), The Governors Table Bar & Dining has been completely transformed by inochi DesignLife. Drawing inspiration from the history and architecture of the site, Director Kristie Paul has created a contemporary new space which exudes warmth and hospitality within its sandstone façade at The Museum of Sydney.
The Governors Table is a modern interpretation of its foundations capturing significant and historic Australian design elements sympathetic to the site, like the use of stone, timber and steel which were the materials used to build “The Edge of the Trees” installation in the museum’s forecourt, a forest of 29 massive pillars which represent 29 Aboriginal clans from around Sydney. Scandanavian influences have modernized the interiors, bronze and copper mirrors adorn the walls, modern timbers overlay the bespoke driftwood used throughout the dining space.
A key feature soon to be installed, will be the well-worn “Governors Table” – an enormous 16 seat French oak banquet table placed underneath the room’s soaring ceiling where patrons can enjoy communal dining or book the entire table for special celebrations and enjoy this space just as Governor Phillip once did.
Featuring both indoor and outdoor seating (fully heated throughout the colder months), The Governors Table offers guests several ways to enjoy their dining experience whether it’s for a casual breakfast at the communal Governors table, an intimate lunch or dinner in the banquettes or a business lunch at the larger, more formal tables.
The Governors Table Bar & Dining will offer patrons an exciting dining experience. Its menus celebrate the rich heritage of the Museum of Sydney site with a modern day culinary overhaul. Created for those who enjoy fine yet authentic food and big flavours, the menus have an emphasis on shared plates.
Internationally acclaimed Australian Chef, Tim Bryan is at the helm in the kitchen following a stellar career with hatted restaurants and exclusive establishments in Sydney and London including Aria and Chiswick. Bryan will be serving delicious modern Australian food borrowing many historic cookery techniques of the era in each of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Managing Director of Fresh Catering, Peter McCloskey says, “Our menus reflect the incredible diversity and quality of fresh produce that is available to us. By using many of the cookery techniques of the day (from 1788) such as pickling, smoking and baking we’re celebrating the incredible history of this place through the food and overall dining experience.”
“Dishes such as the Hot Smoked Quail have been modernized by an accompaniment of Apple Kimchi & Miso Dressing. Similarly, the Braised Beef Short Rib will be accompanied by a Parsnip Puree & Gentlemen’s Relish. The Spicy Lamb Cigars with XO Sauce feature slow roasted lamb shoulder, pulled then wrapped in brick pastry, baked and served with a spicy XO sauce.”
One of Australia’s hottest sommeliers, Samantha Payne, has created The Governors Table wine list for the discerning diner and astute wine aficionado. Restaurant Manager, Zelka Pierce, brings her wealth of experience and professionalism gained most recently at popular CBD establishments Wildfire and The Bridge Room to this high profile team.
McCloskey adds, “We’re excited to be opening The Governors Table Bar & Dining next week and also to be increasing our presence in the dining scene at such an iconic Sydney site. We look forward to showcasing our culinary talent to Sydney diners.”
The Museum of Sydney is part of the Sydney Living Museums portfolio of historic museums, houses and gardens in NSW. In addition to the recent acquisition of Museum of Sydney, Fresh Catering is also the exclusive caterers to Museum of Sydney events and, at other Sydney Living Museums venues Vaucluse House Tearooms and Elizabeth Bay House.