465 The Avenue
May 11, 2018
This opulent spot with its chandeliers and red velvet has a theatrical edge which is really appealing. Housed in a glass rotunda within a shiny new high rise development in a busy part of town, the venue has a jazzy, faintly European thing going on with lots of wrought iron and crimson drapery as well as a handsome vine-covered terrace, a lovely place on which to sit with a crisp glass of white wine. The stated intention is to channel 1920s Berlin, and while it doesn’t quite hit those decadent heights, we applaud the effort. The atmosphere is more refined than some Chatswood drinking dens. It’s the kind of place to share a bottle of good wine and nibble on cheese and other tasty savouries. Cocktails are reasonably priced another plus and the drinks list features sweet treats like the Cabaret Spring Punch, a mix of spiced rum, coconut ice cream and pineapple, and the Spiced Almond Sidecar. The Breakfast 465 Martini blends marmalade with gin, lemon and burnt orange vanilla syrup, and they serve a number of cocktails by the carafe, including the Latour’s Rose, a fragrant blend of gin, roses, mint and lemon topped with sparkling wine. They also stock an above average range of craft beers including Mountain Goat hightail ale. The food is also European in influence: confit duck, pork belly with celeriac, vodka cured salmon and an epic charcuterie board designed for two to share.