Foray: Under chef Shaun Presland, the original Sake restaurant at The Rocks swept up awards.
Expansion: Chef Shaun Presland swept up The Rocks awards at the original Sake. Photo: Rodger Cummins

Scott Bolles

Double Bay's food stocks continue to rise, as top Japanese restaurant Sake prepares to join the march into postcode 2028. Sake owner John Szangolies has confirmed Sake Double Bay will open in December at the base of the former Ritz Carlton site, where singer Michael Hutchence spent the final hours of his life.

The building is undergoing a $20 million revamp as the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. The 130-seat gound floor restaurant will offer valet parking. Under chef Shaun Presland, the original Sake restaurant at The Rocks has swept up awards and gained Nobu-like comparisons for its playful menu, spawning outposts in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Its foray into Double Bay is well-timed. The suburb was down on its food luck five years ago, but is now in the midst of a revival with a rash of new operators in the area, including Aboutlife Marketplace, as well as Fish Face Restaurant.

''It is only going to get better for Double Bay, with plans for a rooftop cinema at the council car park,'' Szangolies says.

Sake Double Bay will also offer takeaways, an initiative recently launched at The Rocks to service neighbouring upmarket hotels.