Step inside, leave your phone at the bar along with all the stresses of daily life, and get ready to indulge your senses distraction-free at Contact Bar & Kitchen, in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo.
Hailed as the city’s best-kept secret dinging venue, the European-inspired restaurant encourages guests to securely lock up their phones behind the bar upon arrival, before embarking on the digital-detox ‘Contact’ dining experience.
Drawing from his European heritage and traditions, Sydney restaurateur Markus Stauder created the experience to encourage people to go back to reconnecting with one another over the sharing of good conversation and good food.
“We wanted to create a charming space, where people could be comfortable and relax, away from their busy lives and constant distractions, and together with our chef, we have brought this to life through an inspired menu and warm, inviting interiors,” Stauder says.
Italian head chef Marco Giuliani has created a traditional Italian feast-inspired menu with a touch of Japanese fusion and technique. Consisting of sharing dishes, the menu showcases seasonal, wholesome ingredients, which can be matched to expertly curated and highly unique beverage pairings or innovative non-alcoholic beverages.
Kicking off with canapés and cocktails, the six-course ‘Secret Degustation’ menu features highlights such as Kingfish tartare matched with the rare and hard-to-get Yamamoto Pure Black sake, and Glazed Duck matched with the complex and intense award-winning Wignalls Single Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir.
In addition to the Secret Degustation menu, Contact will also soon host series of culinary and cocktail classes and tastings, designed with the most discerning of foodies in mind. Open for private functions as well, the restaurant also creates bespoke degustation menus for groups and events.
“We pride ourselves on creating memorable experiences–Contact represents the good old days, when life was appreciated in the moment and not just through the lens of a phone.”