When the Australian Museum reopens its doors after a 15-month renovation, it will be adding a modern restaurant to attract visitors and the Sydney lunch crowd.
The main exhibit may be prehistoric but the new restaurant at the refurbished Australian Museum will epitomise the best in modern Sydney cuisine.
Spanning a large space on the fourth floor, No 1 William is billed as an upmarket lunch venue to rival the city’s nearby power dining spots, with expansive views across Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral and the sparkling harbour.
Head chef Liz Mason plans to offer great food in a beautiful space to attract Sydney’s discerning lunch crowd as well as those coming to see the exhibitions.
“The goal is to become a Sydney lunch spot,” Ms Webb said. “So often when you go to museums and galleries the food is the thing that lets them down.”
No 1 William will be a full service, licensed restaurant offering modern Australian Middle Eastern food using fresh, seasonal produce from sustainable sources. Dishes will include crispy duck and watermelon salad with toasted cashew nuts and home-made potato gnocchi, blue swimmer crab, brown butter and toasted breadcrumbs.
Webb, who has worked at Nomad and Song as well as restaurants in London and Hong Kong thinks, despite a tough year for the hospitality industry, the Sydney food scene continues to go from strength to strength.
“After travelling around the world, Sydney is still my favourite dining place,” she said. “There is so much quality and variety as there is a lot of competition.”
The new venue is part of a $57 million facelift of the nation’s oldest museum that will be unveiled by the Premier on Thursday and opened to the public on Saturday.
The main exhibition will be Tyrannosaurs Meet the Family but the Long Gallery and many of the museum’s favourites such as the whale skeleton will return and entry will be free.
No 1 William will open on Saturday for lunch every day except Christmas Day.
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