Camperdown’s Deus Ex Machina gets a new bar-restaurant from The Bucket List crew (Sydney)

  • Chris Singh
  • May 30, 2016
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Camperdown locals have got a brand new bar-restaurant to get across with some big changes going down at Deus Ex Machina. The cafe space that’s attached to the iconic store has been reimagined and refocused by Tom Walton and Andy Ruwald of The Bucket List, in collaboration with bar sage James Prier. From a cafe to a full-blown bar and restaurant, the newly completed venue will push into the all-day dining market with bar snacks and drinks served up alongside breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.

Deus Bar & Kitchen now sees the space decked out with leather footrests surrounding an imposing concrete bar top, aiming to flow seamlessly with the Deus store. studio-gram have handled the industrial-leaning design, adding another notch to their impressive portfolio which includes Surry Hills staple Hotel Harry and dazzling Bali hotspot Motel Mexicola.

Design, particularly from the choppers nearby, have also informed Prier’s cocktail list, resulting in tempting tipples like The Midnight Rambler, which is a mix of Bulleit Rye, Regal Rogue, and Maraschino Cherry, and Le Gigleaur Noir, made with vanilla infused Ketel One and Vittoria Organic Blend. Winter-ready concoctions include the fiery Scorpio V1, which has Herradura Plata Tequila, jalapenos, citrus, and winter syrup. Prier has also put together an all-Aussie wine list for the lunch and dinner. Those after something non-alcoholic can settle in with a regularly changing kombucha offering, which will be sourced from Marickville’s Black Radish, the same supplier of specialty White Tea Oak Barrel Fermented Kombucha to Noma, Rockpool, and Momofuku

In terms of food, Head Chef Zac Pauling (ex-Pink Salt) has tightened a focus on generous dishes inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. For breakfast, you’ll find the likes of Jamon and Manchego Omelettes and Coconut & Matcha Chia Pudding, a far cry from the lunch offerings which include Roast Broccoli & Freekeh Salad, some “pumped up” Pumpkin Soup, a range of Seasonal Sandwiches, Hummus (headline image) fully loaded with crisp chickpeas, pomegranate, onion, mint, almonds, feta & bread, and larger plates of Roast Tiger Prawns and Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder. Dinner starts with snacks of Eggplant Fritters and Chicken Crackling before diners get into mains like Roast Bannockburn Chook and Braised Lamb Shoulder.

Deus Bar & Kitchen

Address: 102-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown
Opening Hours (Launch): Sun-Tues 7am-4pm; Wed-Sat 7am-midnight
Opening Hours (General): Seven days a week 7am-midnight


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.