May 3, 2017


Double Bay’s high end restaurant scene is now even more exciting with the recent opening of Mr G’s, a new premium American grill, located on the ground floor of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in Cross Street. Owned and operated by Patrick and Angela Gallagher of Gallagher Hotels, the restaurant pays homage to Patrick’s father, the original Mr G, with the space named in reference to his nickname.

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At their opening night event, guests were greeted by a Jazz singing saxophonist and served cocktails created by Venue Manager Doug Laming, a passionate molecular mixologist. ‘That’s my Jam’, containing Larios Gin, crème de cassis, rhubarb bitters, mild willow water and strawberry jam, plus the beautifully rich ‘Obabalicious’ made with Chocolate Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, rye whiskey, black walnut bitters, & dark chocolate will make those looking for the perfect cocktail very happy. Wine, bubbles and beer also flowed.

A large range of tasty delights allowed us to sample the fare available at this authentic American grill, including Imperial black caviar blini’s, pastrami spiced salmon gravlax, Alaskan king crab cocktail, Cape Byron eye fillet chimichurri’s, mini Wagyu Burgers with beer battered cocktail onions, veggie and goat’s cheese tarts and truffle fries.

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Mr G’s Bar & Grill is positioned as an American small bar, with only American craft beers on tap from the best breweries in the US. They serve over 100 whiskies, featuring rare and unique brands, plus a full selection of spirits, liqueurs and aperitifs and the cocktail list reflects Doug’s distinctive style, using ingredients such as pumpkin curd, oolong tea and milk of the poppy. A separate menu for Picklebacks adds a quirky and fun twist to the bar offering, serving a shot of whisky with a matching pickle and brine shot chased by a beer. The wine list has a champagne focus, with wines starting from $45 up to $2000 for a bottle of champagne.

This upscale venue, designed by Peter Jay from Peter Jay Design Associates, has an industrial feel, featuring leather & brass accents and is very wood heavy, with multiple spaces including the 14m wood bar, Lounge Room and Private Dining Room. Dotted throughout are custom artworks, a large fireplace and Americana, along with vintage whiskies, wines and cigars on display.

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With a focus on the best steaks Sydney can offer, Mr G’s serves quality sourced meat, seafood and fresh produce, cooked by chef to the stars Dave Little. It is also 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 and allows food to be cooked retaining its natural flavours, bringing out a unique smoky taste.

Mr G’s Bar & Grill is a venue of first choice for diners wanting excellent service, impressive menus, stylish drinks selection with a bustling American vibe, their own slice of Brooklyn in a chic Double Bay setting.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond



May 5, 2016
Deirdre O'Loghlin, Organiser, Double Bay Good Food Week

Deirdre O’Loghlin, Organiser, Double Bay Good Food Week

The inaugural Double Bay Good Food Week, running from 10-16 May 2016, was launched recently at Stockroom Restaurant, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Sponsors Paul Walters, General Manager, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay and Brad Banducci, CEO Woolworths joined Cr Susan Wynne, Deputy Mayor, Woollahra Municipal Council in announcing this exciting event, which hopefully will not only attract visitors to Double Bay but also activate indoor and outdoor dining, so the stylish village will be recognised as an important food and wine destination.

This exciting Woollahra Municipal Council initiative will enable diners to enjoy world class dining at affordable prices. Exclusive fixed price premium quality breakfast, lunch and dinner specials will be available in over twenty of Double Bay’s restaurants. Breakfasts for $20 including juice or coffee, lunches for $38 including a glass of wine and two course dinners for $50 per person are just some of the offers to tempt diners.

Felix Chong, Head Foodie for Woolworths, will present free food tastings and educational cooking classes from Thursday 12 May to Sunday 15 May. The free food tastings with recipes from Fresh Magazine will be held on 12 & 13 May from 11am and the free cooking classes on 14 & 15 May at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm.

Dan Murphy’s and Woolworths will conduct special wine and food tastings, serving new release wines and premium quality cheese, outside the entrance to both stores.

Woollahra Council’s bush tucker expert, Terry Lennis, will be at Double Bay Organic Markets in Guilfoyle Park on Thursday 12 May from 9am-11am. Learn about bush tucker plants from our local area and also try a selection of bush tucker treats.

Children’s Cooking Classes at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre are a great free event, presented by Double Bay Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday 11 May from 10am-11am.

MC Susie Elelman with GM InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Paul Walters

MC Susie Elelman with GM InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Paul Walters

Join a fabulous family day BBQ Bonanza at the Royal Oak Hotel on Saturday 14 May from 11am-2pm.

Double Bay Jeweller, Jan Logan, will be serving a glass of Pimms and petit fours to those who view the collection of new design pearls, from 10-16 May.

Evenings also offer many events to entice visitors to Double Bay.

Knowledgeable gin expert, Grant Collins, will conduct a Gin Masterclass including drinks, canapés, gin tasting session and special classic gin cocktail demonstration, for $125 per person on Tuesday 10 May from 6pm-8pm at Stillery, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Sake Restaurant Double Bay will be holding a Sake and Sashimi Masterclass featuring six course menu and matching premium quality sakes, on Wednesday 11 May for $95 per person.

Enjoy a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne with a tasting plate for two at $30 per person, while listening to Piano Man, Scot Finnie, who will be playing live at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s Stillery lounge bar on Thursday 12 May from 7.30pm-10pm.

The Stylish Double Bay Dining Walk, where diners will enjoy four courses with matching wines at four superb restaurants, is another highlight for the evening of Thursday 12 May from 6.30pm-10.30pm.


 Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


November 9, 2014


Double Bay in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs, has the honour of being the chosen location for the only five-star luxury hotel outside the city’s CBD. Known for its elegant boutiques, restaurants, cosy coffee shops and not forgetting its cosmopolitan lifestyle, this harbourside village is the perfect setting for the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, which opened its doors on Thursday 6 November 2014.

DSC_5860The opening marks the revival of the original building at 33 Cross Street, with restored features such as the grand staircase, Italian marble bathrooms, fireplaces and Parisian balconies, enhanced by a contemporary redesign.

Its world-class team is standing by to welcome guests to this 140 room hotel.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay General Manager Frederic Brohez said the hotel would open all rooms, features and facilities, from the first floor to the sixth, simultaneously. “We are very excited to share this beautifully transformed property with the local community and visitors to Double Bay and Sydney. We have seen this hotel grow from a construction site teeming with builders, painters and tilers, into a stunning contemporary retreat replete with designer furnishings, kitchens packed with produce and equipment and more than 100 full-time staff ready to make our guests feel special” said Mr Brohez.

DSC_5892The hotel’s Executive Chef, Julien Pouteau, conducted final menu tastings for destination restaurant Stockroom and Head Sommelier, Kabir Antoniak, completed the expansive list of local and international wines and the Stillery team has filled the seven metre long marble bar with last arrivals of rare and vintage gins.

Among the hotel’s unique features are the Rooftop Pool and Lounge, the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and French provincial courtyard plus Sydney’s only fully separate kosher kitchen.

Shoppers will have to wait a little longer for the building’s ground floor retail precinct to be opened, with leased offerings to include Snap Fitness 24-hour gym, luxury Trumps Spa, Henley Wholefoods, Saké Restaurant & Bar plus a restaurant and bar by newly formed hospitality company The Group.

Why not be one of the first to experience the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, while at the same time soaking in the atmosphere of this sophisticated village. From 6 November 2014, the hotel has a special opening rate from $390 per night, including breakfast for two. As well as sampling the delights of all the hotel has to offer, it’s a great opportunity to stroll the tree lined streets of Double Bay and shop at leisure in the many beautiful boutiques or just sit in the harbourside park, gazing at the yachts and ferries on Sydney Harbour.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond



November 1, 2014

Stillery gin bar - InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Double Bay will soon be back on the international map again, with the opening in November of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. This exciting development will feature 140 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and lounge, destination restaurant and concept bar, as well as pillarless Grand Ballroom and exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and courtyard.

I can’t wait to try Stockroom, the elegant dining room that will be located on the first floor. Executive Chef Julien Pouteau and his team will source fresh ingredients each day from best-in-class producers, makers and farmers markets in Sydney and across Australia.

Stillery, the first concept gin bar in Sydney, will also be located on the first floor. Inspired by the rich distilling history of the local area, Stillery will focus on a growing collection of high-end local craft, imported, vintage and rare gin, poured behind a stunning seven metre long pale marble and blue leather clad bar. There will also be a selection of other spirits, tonics, craft ciders, boutique beers and world-class local NSW, Australian and imported wines.

Sandra Tiltman    


February 5, 2014


Japanese food enthusiasts will be pleased to learn of a new addition to the restaurant scene in Double Bay, with the recent opening of Niji Restaurant & Bar at 21 Bay Street, headed up by some of Sydney’s best known Japanese and Sushi chefs.

IMG_4376From the moment one enters the restaurant, passing the wood lined feature walls and arched ceiling, to the large sushi bar at the rear, there is an atmosphere of style and charm.

The bar offers a large range of spirits and beer as well as the traditional sake, but the selection of their signature cocktails that I tried at the launch event were exceptional, well worth visiting the restaurant just to enjoy a cocktail or two.

Niji Restaurant’s name is synonymous with quality and their handcrafted culinary dishes blend a contemporary Japanese menu infused with traditional Japanese Izakaya dishes and Western ingredients to produce a modern taste.

Lunch is available from noon-3pm and dinner 6pm-10pm while the bar runs from noon-10pm.

The Double Bay addition to the Niji brand is an elegant and sophisticated modern restaurant and bar, set over two levels, quite different to their more casual Niji Sushi Bar in Kingsford

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond