The former owners of Newtown stalwart Hartsyard, Jarrod Walsh and Dorothy Lee, are bringing a fresh new dining experience to town. Christened Longshore, the seafood-focused restaurant and bar will open its doors in Chippendale this April. Located in the former Automata site at The Old Clare Hotel, the 100-seat venue will focus on sustainable dining with a playful menu and alfresco dining to boot.
“We’re honoured to be taking over a much loved Sydney dining room and opening the suburb’s first wine bar and restaurant. Our menu utilises the whole of Australia’s coastline and is inspired by both our childhoods and our travels around the world,” Head chef Jarrod Walsh said.
Coastal ingredients and Asian techniques join forces in Longshore’s stacked menu. The restaurant will offer a five-course tasting menu highlighting signature dishes from their à la carte menu, alongside experimental 10-course snacks — five hot and five cold plus three “fish of the day.” They also shared a glimpse of their opening menu with dishes including glazed abalone lip crumpets with guanciale and sansho pepper, steamed sand whiting with XO pipi butter, green garlic and native greens, and grilled Westholme wagyu tri-tip with bone marrow sauce and smoked fat.
Keeping sustainability in focus, the menu will also feature a list of curated cocktails using the kitchen’s leftover ingredients like the strawberry old-fashioned with zero-waste and house-infused strawberry whisky. There’s also desserts featuring seasonal fruits and native ingredients.
Longshore’s coastal vibe will be reflected in its interiors with coastal-inspired wall art, seaside hues such as blue mustards and olive greens and natural materials and textures. Expect 12 outdoor seats, an upstairs bar and a ground floor dining room with views of Longshore’s open kitchen.
Longshore is set to launch in mid-April and will be open four days a week, with lunch available Friday to Sunday and dinner, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for updates.