Chippendale has landed another rising Sydney food star with the former head chef at Becasse and The Bellevue, James Metcalfe, opening a new venue there next month.
Saint George, which is headed into a site on the corner of George and Little Regent streets, is just a short stroll from Clayton Wells' new A1 Canteen.
Metcalfe is keen to join the party in lifting the area's daytime offering.
"It'll be cafe style during the day, with a wagyu beef hash on the breakfast menu and great salads and sandwiches for lunch. Dinner is when the fun begins. It'll be a wine bar," he says.
Metcalfe explains the Saint George moniker reflects his English heritage but is also a cheeky nod to the venue's George Street aspirations.
Metcalfe cut his teeth in Michelin-starred restaurants before landing in Sydney and snaring multiple hats, but has been out of the public gaze in recent years, running consulting firm JRM.
"Chris Grinham, of H&E Architects, has done the interior. It's industrial but warm. Some blue tiles, and a St George Cross in brass."
Saint George, corner George Street and Little Regent Street, Chippendale. Opens October.