Bronte is set to welcome Table Manners, a European-inspired neighbourhood restaurant and bar. Due to open in late winter, this new venture will take over Wet Paint in Macpherson Street.  The project is helmed by Alex Cameron, a prominent figure in Sydney’s hospitality scene.

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The design of Table Manners, curated by acclaimed interior designer Blainey North, features two distinct areas: a cosy six-seat bar with an adjoining lounge, and a spacious 75-seat dining room. Blainey, a close friend of Alex, has infused the space with her signature luxurious yet comfortable style. Expect soft textures, green and caramel hues, and a mix of booth and banquette seating. The decor pays tribute to French designer Jean Cocteau and retains the original facade’s green tiles, linking the new venture with its storied past.

Filling a Local Void

As a longtime Bronte resident, Alex is eager to fill a gap in the local dining scene. Table Manners aims to offer a relaxed atmosphere with top-notch service, an excellent wine selection, and an approachable menu. With a rich background managing acclaimed Sydney venues like Franca, Parlar, and Armorica, and consulting on projects such as Bobby’s Cronulla and Bartiga, Alex brings a wealth of experience to his first solo endeavour.

“The opportunity to take over the Wet Paint site after 23 years is incredibly exciting for me,” says Alex. “I envision Table Manners as a place for locals to feel at home—a venue they’ll visit repeatedly.”

Menu will feature European Classics

The menu at Table Manners will feature European classics, drawing inspiration from Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. Guests can look forward to dishes like crab pain perdu, a refined club sandwich, and crisp spaghetti with king prawns. The dining room, aglow with candlelight and adorned with white tablecloths, sets the stage for leisurely meals and memorable experiences.

Alex’s expertise extends to the beverage program, which highlights classic and contemporary producers. The wine list will feature both well-known and emerging varietals and regions, emphasising value and quality. Additionally, a concise cocktail list will offer classics with innovative seasonal twists.

With plans to introduce outdoor seating in the spring, Table Manners is poised to become a popular spot in Bronte. Opening for lunch from Friday to Sunday, and for drinks and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, this new restaurant invites locals and visitors alike to create lasting memories over exceptional food and wine.