Mr. G’s is the newest player to join the increasingly popular Intercontinental Double Bay. Owners Patrick and Angela Gallagher of Gallagher Hotels, named the restaurant after the original Mr G, Patrick’s father. They’ve brought on chef Dave Little – former private chef to film-maker George Lucas – to take care of the kitchen, focusing on quality sourced meat, seafood and fresh produce.
It’s being set up as authentic American-styled small bar, with only American craft beers on tap, including over 100 whiskeys behind the bar. The menu will include popular dishes such as Huon Salmon Gravlax, horseradish cream, dill and matzo crackers, Beef Carpaccio with spring pickled vegetables, truffle pecorino and rosemary salt and Alaskan King Crab Sliders.
The restaurant will be one of the first venues in Australia to use the MIBRASA grill, a wood fired, charcoal driven oven that doesn’t use gas or electricity, which allows food to be cooked retaining its natural flavours and bringing out a unique smoky taste. It’ll also attempt to take out the gong for Sydney’s best steak, served with potato gratin.
Venue Manager Doug Laming, a passionate molecular mixologist, helped create the distinctive bar menu and cocktail list, using ingredients such as pumpkin curd, oolong tea and milk of the poppy. They also pay homage to their Mr. G’s roots with a cocktail served in a Polished Horn Cup using all Irish ingredients as a nod to their Viking Heritage.
They’ve added a quirky addition to their bar offerings with a menu dedicated to Picklebacks. A pickleback is a shot of whisky with a matching pickle and brine shot chased by a beer. The wine list meanwhile, is champagne-focused and has something for pretty much every budget, with wines starting from $45 all the way up to $2000 bottle of champagne.
The fit-out is decidedly upscale – designed by Peter Jay from Peter Jay Design Associates, they’ve gone for an industrial feel featuring a lot of heavy wood and leather. With subway timetables, street signs and custom artwork decorating the venue, it’s giving Double Bay residents their very own slice of Brooklyn.
Mr G’s Bar and Grill is now open.
Mr G’s Bar and Grill
Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay
33 Cross Street, Double Bay