Bentley Restaurant + Bar
Cnr Pitt & Hunter Sts, Sydney
(02) 8214 0505
CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 1500 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$50 by the glass)
Bentley and its indefatigable sommelier, Nick Hildebrandt, continue to wow the dining public at Monopole, Yellow, Cirrus and Bentley, with Bentley’s digestif listing stopping the judges in their tracks.
Most eye-catching are the whiskies: starting in Scotland with half a dozen blended malts; more than 20 single malts from the Lowlands to the Orkneys, from the lightly-peated Ardbeg Uigeadail to the heavily-peated Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1. Then, there are those from Ireland and the USA through to whiskies from Japan, Australia, India and England. The other specialty is Chartreuse made by Carthusian monks in the French Alps, with 10 versions at Bentley. There’s also a sizeable range of digestifs and liqueurs from around the globe.
Given its current popularity, it’s not surprising that the Bentley list includes more than 40 gins: 10-plus Australian gins, from the Hunter and Yarra Valleys, Port Arthur, Hobart and Margaret River. Every taste is covered: vodka, rum, tequila and mezcal, Cognac and brandy, Armagnac, Calvados as well as marc and grappa. There’s only one piece of advice: make sure to save yourself for a nightcap. Peter Forrestal