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SYDNEY: Order the Rolling a Double cocktail at Sydney’s Dean & Nancy on 22, and you’ll be delivered a pair of dice. Roll a double and you’ll score a cocktail upgrade. It’s all part of the playful precision at this glamorous restaurant and bar with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Sydney skyline and mid-century New York hotel vibe.
The cocktails at Dean & Nancy on 22 are taken to new heights, literally and figuratively. Developed by the creative minds behind internationally acclaimed cocktail bar Maybe Sammy, the 15+ signature concoctions are served by debonair bartenders against a backdrop of one of Sydney’s best night-time views.
One glance at the cocktail list and it’s clear that this is a place where you go to have fun. Take the Coffee Champagne: it comes with a pot of vanilla- and coffee-infused cream that you can rub on your hands. Every time you sip the cocktail, you get a waft of the scent, the fragrance remaining long after the glass is taken away.
As the keys twinkle on the baby grand, be transported to a New York jazz club with A Rhapsody in Blue, a heady concoction of Cognac, single malt Scotch Whisky, PX Sherry and banana. Or tango your way to Latin America with Miraflores, a blend of Pisco, St Germain, cedarwood and sparkling wine.
Combining decadence and drama with precision and playful service, Dean & Nancy is accessed via a curved brass staircase from the lobby of luxe apartment hotel, A by Adina Sydney. Its mid-century minimalist-inspired design features a striking black and gold palette, with glossy leather banquettes, intimate tables for two and high bar stools.
In the kitchens, Chef Jane Strode embraces a bold yet simple culinary ethos that complements perfectly the A by Adina philosophy of timeless style and seamless quality. Working for 25+ years in some of the best restaurants in the country (Bistrode, MG Garage, Rockpool, Langton’s) has taught her to balance restraint with innovation.
Chef’s Fireball is the ultimate bar snack - nduja whipped into a ball with cream cheese, marjoram and lemon, swathed in crunchy kataifi pastry and baked until almost molten on the inside. For a quick treat, the Minis and Bites menu marries a morsel with a mini cocktail for $20, or three for $55. Choose from the likes of mini vodka martini with oyster nan jim, and mini kir royale with quail saltimbocca. For something more substantial, there’s a hearty grass-fed Scotch fillet with chimichurri; Gnocchi with lamb, garlic and anchovy; or a mouth-watering Risotto with prawn and harissa.
For A by Adina Sydney guests, the evening needn’t end with Dean & Nancy. You can return to your room and enjoy Maybe Sammy’s single-serve cocktails from the mini bar – Eucalyptus Gimlet, Jasmine Negroni and Chamomile Martini. Truly decadent.
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