North Sydney’s dining scene is about to be elevated with the opening of Bar Lettera, a modern Australian restaurant with a touch of Italy at its heart.

Led by accomplished Chef Ryan Perry, Bar Lettera promises a delicious and visual stunning dining experience.

Ryan Perry brings a wealth of experience to Bar Lettera, having honed his skills at renowned Sydney establishments like The Bridge Room and Momofuku Seiobo. He was also instrumental in the launch of both Woodcut and Longshore restaurants.

“North Sydney is a brilliant place to do an opening as there’s a real opportunity to elevate the local dining scene,” said Ryan. “The interior design of the Bar Lettera dining room is gorgeous.”

Bar Lettera offers an upscale experience where classic Italian dishes are given a contemporary twist.

“We take inspiration from Italian staples but reinterpret them in a modern way,” explains Ryan. “For example, instead of a traditional caprese salad, we have heirloom tomatoes with kombu oil and Geraldton wax. My take on fritto misto features deep-fried bay bug with a semolina crust and house-made XO sauce.”

Ryan’s focus is on showcasing the quality of the ingredients, allowing them to shine on the plate.

“Bar Lettera is all about honest ingredients, there’s no hiding. Think CopperTree Farms’ grassfed rib eye with blistered tomatoes, a side of mustard and our pale ale jus. My favourite is the sensational Wollemi duck ragu rigatoni with Davidson plum gin sauce.”

Sophie Jordan, Director at Jordan Design Studio, has curated a space that fosters a connection between art and food, echoing the beauty of Australian landscapes and the area’s rich artistic heritage. The design pays tribute to Theodora Cowan, the first female sculptor in Australia who resided in North Sydney.

“Theodora Cowan’s artistic soul underpinned our approach to Bar Lettera, which feels like a modern-day artist’s apartment,” said Sophie. “The rounded forms of ceramic sculptures are juxtaposed with strong marbles and raw Australian hardwoods across the dining room and bar. Hard and structured stone surfaces at ground level become softer as the eye rises to give the space a lighter feel. The punchy colour palette also takes a lot of references from Australian landscapes.”

“We use pendants within the canopy to throw a welcoming warm glow in tandem with inviting table lamps. Intricate lighting fixtures illuminate the travertine stone bar to infuse a sense of warmth, inviting guests to linger and savour every moment.”

The craft cocktail menu pays homage to Australian art, featuring reimagined classics made with local spirits. The wine list seamlessly blends European traditions with exciting Australian offerings, ranging from Granjou Chardonnay from Beechworth to Joshua Cooper Cabernet Sauvignon.

Located on the fifth-floor mezzanine of Citadines Walker North Sydney, Bar Lettera will be opening this Saturday, and offering an all-day dining experience, perfect for everything from business lunches to special occasions.

Bar Lettera

88 Walker St, North Sydney.

(Access from level 5 mezzanine of Citadines Walker North Sydney).

Opening Saturday 27th April, 2024.

Bookings: www.barlettera.com 

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Images: Born Social

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