Located inside the beautifully restored Primus Hotel in Sydney’s CBD, I’d say The Wilmot is one of the most underrated hidden gem restaurants in the city.
The restaurant, with its grand Art Deco interiors, marble counters, brass open kitchen and velvet banquettes, is sophisticated and elegant, with a menu to match.
Executive chef Daniel Menzies displays a strong understanding of quality produce and its origins, taking a creative approach with Asian and European influences and applying that technique to a proudly paddock-to-plate menu. When it comes to showing off the best of Australian fare, Menzies absolutely nails it.
Produce is predominantly sourced from NSW, and I especially love the map on the inside of the menu illustrating where the meat and seafood is sourced from. We go for the best of both worlds, so I opt for seafood while my dining partner goes for meat.
We start with the entrée of scallops, pan-seared to perfection with Asian mushrooms, fig and sea herbs in a nice XO Sauce glaze, and the kangaroo tartare with Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip chips and capsicum jam that adds a pleasant sweetness.
My main is the barramundi served in a delicate consommé of tomato and cucumber – the skin is deliciously salty and crispy while the silky white flesh melts in my mouth. My partner is also enjoying his wagyu sirloin, cooked perfectly medium rare and topped with chimichurri. The wagyu is served with a golden potato galette and I just have to steal a bite of those crispy layers; they are too good to resist.
Service is outstanding – warm, knowledgeable and genuinely considerate with fantastic suggestions on wine pairings. A definite winner and absolutely worth a visit, whether you’re a guest at the hotel, or not.
Tip: Once home to the Sydney Water Board headquarters, this stunning heritage-listed building has been painstakingly restored, opening as a five-star hotel in 2016. It is truly one of Sydney’s finest examples of Art Deco design and architecture, and every Friday at 4:30pm, you can join a free heritage tour for a fascinating insight into its history and journey to what it has become today.