The Commons Local Eating House

by Lauren Piggott

In a city that is becoming increasingly obsessed with formal dining, The Commons Local Eating House offers a relaxed, unpretentious setting where you can enjoy simple but impressive dishes. Just off Oxford Street, the restaurant is located in the second oldest building in Darlinghurst, a rarity in this increasingly urban suburb. Built in 1850, this former dairy farmhouse still has the original sandstone walls, floors and cellar – which has been transformed into their cosy cocktail bar ‘Downtown’.

The restaurant offers a constantly changing seasonal menu, and although owners Luca and Sara Capecchi and Alessandro Schioppetto hail from Italy, the modern European cuisine also has obvious influences from traditional French and English fare. Though you’ll find some recurring items on the menu, the ingredients used are constantly changing to suit the time of year and best local produce available.

On colder nights, you can warm up by the restored fireplace and indulge in their gourmet pie of the day, with atypical flavours such as Asian beef stew or Sicilian chicken. Their seasonal farmhouse risotto is always an artistic swirl of colours, varying all the time with from purple cabbage, taleggio, rocket and cocoa powder one week, to beetroot, walnut and blue cheese the next. The Commons prides themselves on the sustainably sourced seafood options you’ll find on the menu, as well as the biodynamic free-range beef. Whatever your taste, The Commons offers a gourmet, wholesome dish for a reasonable price.

From Thursday to Sunday you can unwind in their leafy courtyard and graze over their share platters for lunch or even catch their delicious breakfast on the weekend. The Commons aim to source the best local wines and craft beers from New South Wales, or if pitchers of cocktails are more your taste, the restaurant can treat you with garden carafes to share in the afternoon, such as the heavenly Classic Pimms Cup with lemonade, ginger ale, mint, citrus and strawberries.

Downtown specialises in an array of old-school classic cocktails, reflecting the bar’s speakeasy vibe. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night the underground bar is buzzing with the live jazz tunes of the Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and East Coast Jazz. If you’re looking for a unique dining and drinking experience, The Commons’ offers a rustic farmhouse atmosphere you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the city.

Where: 32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
When: Tuesday – Wednesday 6pm – late | Thursday – Friday 12pm – late | Saturday – Sunday 8:30am – late
Contact: | 9358 1487



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