The notorious restaurant site where Gastro Park traded – just off the strip at Kings Cross – will reopen this week as Metisse with head chef Benoit Lollichon, a graduate of Restaurant Guy Savoy, the Paris eatery with a bank of Michelin stars.
Historically, Sydney’s Kings Cross has not been known for its restrained French chic. The area became a red-light district after World War II, as sailors docked at the nearby naval base and came ashore looking for a little R&R.
The “Barcelona” building might be one of Potts Point’s most surprising and striking architectural structures, but it’s got a high restaurant casualty rate. The former Gastro Park site, which then became Antipodean, and then Etelek, is now home to an ambitious French restaurant, Metisse, that’s bucking the share-plate trend.