Bishop Sessa


by Lauren Piggott

Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly
Image Credit: Kimberly Ly

All foodie-inclined Sydneysiders are sure to have frequented Crown Street, Surry Hills’ concentrated hub of restaurants, cafés and bars. Amongst the Kings and Queens of Crown Street stands a Bishop named Sessa, drawing you in for a glass of wine and a creative but wholesome meal.

It’s no surprise that this Modern European bistro and bar has been such a success. It fits the casual mould of Surry Hills while offering a sophisticated, yet accessible feast. Brainchild of Head Chef Paul Cooper (Pied à Terre, The Botanical, Provincial Hotel) and Erez Gordon (Jacques Reymond, The Botanical, Bistro Bruno), together they offer a genuine restaurant experience where the food matches the quality of fine dining, but the atmosphere is relaxed. At Bishop Sessa, it is the customer who is King.

It’s no surprise that their signature scallop ceviche has been on the menu since day one. The thinly sliced sashimi is accompanied by cucumber, avocado and a lemon and ginger beer sorbet for a refreshing and surprising compliment of flavours. The main dishes are equally creative, though you may find a more difficult decision with the range on offer. A stand out dish is the spice roasted Aylesbury duck breast, cured and complimented with smoked baby carrots, walnuts and a delightfully tangy citrus sauce.

Bishop Sessa is all about sustainable sourcing, adopting the nose to tail method of butchering on site and using all of the animal. You can therefore expect a variation in the mains between the duck, lamb, pork and beef options every time you dine. Share a couple of entrees and mains or opt for the degustation menu, with optional wine pairings, to taste a little bit of everything. As long as your meal ends with the delightfully rich Chocolate Nemesis dessert, then you’ll be more than satisfied.

It can be hard to find a restaurant that is somewhere in-between fine and casual dining, but Bishop Sessa nails this balance. The food maintains the excellent quality and creativity without the intimidation, which is matched with the friendly and welcoming service. Bishop Sessa is perfect for a long lunch and a catch up over a bottle of wine, or keep an eye out for their exciting food and wine events hosted each month.

Where: 527 Crown Street, Surry Hills
When: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Contact: bishopsessa.com.au | 02 8065 7223

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