Tucked away in the heart of Sydney’s CBD sits Raphael’s, a modern Italian restaurant and bar destination with alfresco dining. The split level courtyard is a garden oasis that offers the perfect mid-week office escape from the hustle & bustle.
Set on the backdrop of the heritage-listed Government House stables, Raphael’s is designed by award-winning agency, Mash Designs, with decor inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s Milan. They serve up lunch 5 days a week and are open for dinner from Wednesday through to Friday.
With a food menu designed to share, Chef Fabio Durpetti has created an a la carte menu that starts off with a delectable antipasti selection. Boasting a variety of incredibly well-priced op tions perfect for enjoying with friends, cocktails in hand. You can find cicchetti items starting at $4 a piece; including a selection of truffle and prosciutto arancini balls; live Sydney rock oysters; ricotta and prawn stuffed zucchini flowers and Cantabrico anchovy on ciabatta with Italian butter and garlic bagna càuda.
A further extension of the antipasti menu is the more substantial options starting from $15 including burrata with heirloom tomatoes, caperberries and herb crumb; bresaola tortellini with gorgonzola, figs, walnuts and rocket and traditional Italian tagliere with cold meats and cheeses served with olives, nuts, fruit, jam and croutons.
The main menu has been designed with house made pasta as its hero, featuring Tagliatelle slow cooked beef cheek ragu; cuttlefish ink spaghetti with scampi and casareccia with blue swimmer crab.
Now, onto the cocktails! Raphael’s hosts an Aperitivo Hour every Wednesday to Friday from 4-6pm where a selection of cocktails are just $12. Select from a wide variety of delicious cock tails like the melon martini; spicy mango margarita; and grapefruit or limoncello spritz to name a few. If you’re more of a classic Italian type, there’s also a Negroni on offer. Aperitivo Hour is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the expansive cocktail list.
To help pick up the pace of the working week, Raphael’s boasts surprise mid-week entertainment.
Raphael’s is located at 1 Farrer Place, Sydney (ground level of Governor Phillip Tower) with five unique spaces that integrate perfectly for private & semi-private functions including group dinners, large events and corporate functions. Also available for private hire on weekends, it is an excellent choice for any special celebration.
Enter via Raphael Lane which is located on Phillip Street or via the main entrance of the One Farrer building, just a stones throw from Circular Quay.
Open Monday and Tuesday 12:00-15:00, Wednesday 12:00-19:00 and Thursday and Friday 12:00-late.