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Published October 5th 2014
Fine dining with a casual and friendly atmosphere in the CBD
Public can be found across the road from the relatively new Magistrates Court in the CBD. This award winning bar and restaurant was not on my radar until a friend had a classy hen's night there over the weekend and I was absolutely blown away by the space, food and hospitality and couldn't believe I hadn't been earlier.
On arrival, we were escorted to a private area but as we walked through the general restaurant, it was clear that this was a casual yet upmarket establishment. There were no rigid white tablecloths nor was the kitchen hidden from view which made it feel like a very fancy cafe where you should still wear your best dress and pearls. The bar is also close to the seating area which is always a big tick from me as I love to watch the cocktails being made and your drinks are sure to arrive in a timely manner.
The staff made us feel right at home in a space which could very easily have been inside a stately manor. The leather lounges, tasteful decor and faux-book wallpaper and table seating was comfortable for our party of 25. I can't say enough kind words about our hostesses who were professional but fun while they attended to our every need.
The food was incredible and came just at the perfect time when guests had all arrived and had their first drink and were ready to fill their bellies. A beautiful array of finger food came out in waves including Kentucky Fried Duck Nuggets, Beetroot with Goats Cheese and Dukkah and Beef Brisket Burritos with Sriracha. Everyone was sated and happy after a few hours of regular food being brought to us and our glasses were never empty.
I couldn't recommend this restaurant enough and a few friends have since told me that they have made this their regular meeting spot for dates, friendly catch-ups and client dinners. Great service, excellent food and a beautiful space makes for a special experience.