In a significant shift for Sydney’s dining scene, hospitality duo Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage have transformed their esteemed Monopole venue. 

From Tuesday, 2 July, the celebrated wine-focused bar and restaurant will embrace a new identity as a French restaurant, complete with an updated dining room, a menu of classic French cuisine with a modern twist, and an enhanced emphasis on French wines, aperitifs, and digestifs.

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Collaborating with long-term creative partner Pascale Gomes-McNabb, Hildebrandt and Savage have reimagined the Monopole dining experience. The refreshed interior features velvet curtains at the entrance, sheer curtains draping floor-to-ceiling windows, vintage wine fair posters adorning the walls, and antique light fixtures casting a warm glow. The transformation extends to the table settings, with new ivory plate ware enhancing the presentation of each dish.

Monopole French restaurant

The inaugural menu showcases an array of traditional French dishes interpreted through the innovative lens of The Bentley Restaurant Group. Highlights include quenelle de poisson (poached fish quenelles with red fish bisque), boudin blanc de homard (marron sausage and tail with morels and tarragon butter), vol-au-vent de poulet et crustacés (Sommerlad chicken and Balmain bug vol-au-vent), beef brisket pot au feu, and burger de canard (duck burger with pickles, Comte, and hot sauce, with an optional addition of duck liver parfait). Dessert offerings feature mousse au chocolat and baba au Calvados.

Monopole also offers a fixed-price menu available during lunch and for early evening reservations. This menu includes signature dishes such as mille-feuille d’anguille fumée (smoked eel mille-feuille), eschalot tarte tatin, and a dessert of Chartreuse granita with vanilla ice cream and green apple. Priced at $55 for two courses and $70 for three courses, this option provides excellent value. A five-course Monopole menu is also available for $90 per person.

Monopole’s wine program, already heavily influenced by French selections, is set to deepen its focus. Hildebrandt recently returned from a wine-tasting tour in France, visiting producers in Champagne, Alsace, and Burgundy. The wine list will feature an impressive array of French wines, complemented by a curated selection of cult French liqueur Chartreuse and house cocktails inspired by classic French spirits and aperitifs.

To mark Monopole’s new French direction, the restaurant will celebrate Bastille Day on Sunday, 14 July, with a specially designed menu. On 19 July, Monopole will host a special Champagne dinner featuring renowned Champagne producer Pierre Gimonnet.

Where: Monopole, 16/20 Curtin Place, Sydney