Dear Sainte Éloise
5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
(02) 9326 9745
With a wine list of over 300 bottles, an intricately crafted seasonal menu and a name inspired by a scene from George Orwell’s own memoirs, Dear Sainte Éloise is bringing a touch of casual sophistication to Potts Point.
This quirky little wine bar is brought to you by the team that made Love, Tilly Devine a Darlinghurst institution – Matt Swieboda, Jasmin Natterer and Nathaniel Hatwell. Together, this gang of industry veterans has created a cosy hideaway with a strong focus on quality seasonal food and world-class wines.
The extensive wine list, chosen by the expert trio, hopes to celebrate the classics. Aiming to be as diverse and deep as possible, diners will be able to taste drops produced by some of the world’s most exciting young guns, as well as established winemakers that the Dear Sainte Éloise team believes are often overlooked.
A fresh and seasonal menu, put together by Love, Tilly Devine alumnus, Ben Abiad, complements the curated selection of vino. Ben’s main focus is to create a happy marriage between all of the Dear Sainte Éloise producers, their ingredients and how it hits the plate.
In line with this farmer-centric approach, the menu changes daily depending on what goodies arrive in the kitchen. Diners can expect small share dishes like burrata with smoked oil and charred bread and larger plates such as Gundooee sirloin with radish butter and silky fennel.
The idea behind Dear Sainte Eloise is encapsulated in the name. A reference to a passage in George Orwell’s memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London, it references the young protagonist praying to a photograph of a Saint, who is later revealed to be a Madame. While his intentions are misdirected, his wish eventually comes true; he gets his wine and bread and is once again restored.
It’s this feeling that the team want to replicate in their Potts Point venue, welcoming one and all for everything from a quick drink to a dinner late into the evening. No matter how long you stay, you’ll find yourself restored.