Christian Blair opens new Crows Nest bar, Annata

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Annata

69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
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It’s not everyday — or month, even — that a restaurant and bar in Crows Nest — one of Sydney’s suburbs north of the Bridge — opens with a considered and comprehensive wine list full of interesting drops and a curated cocktail list that sings, but that’s what happened at the end of October when Annata opened on Crows Nest’s busy restaurant street, Willoughby Road.
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You can thank Christian Blair (formerly of Rockpool Bar & Grill, and before that Eau de Vie Sydney) for the killer drinks list; there’s enough of interest there to return again and again.

Annata was originally conceived of as a bar, but due to licencing restrictions in North Sydney council they’ve had to go for the restaurant game instead (they’re waiting on a licence which will see the bar seating take a bigger stake of the floor area). Which is quite alright, when you have a chef with kitchens like Glass, Bridge Room, and Café Paci on his resume.

Annata_IMG_5041Yes, there’s great drinks — but there’s also great food, like this here duck ham.