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Meet the Chef

Clayton Wells first restaurant Automata opened at The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale in September 2015. Since then it has been named one of Australia’s hottest restaurants in The Weekend Australian three years running; was awarded 2 hats in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide; was awarded 2. In Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Guide 2017 and 2018. In mid-2018 opened a more casual venue, A1 Canteen, a mere 20 metres from Automata. A1 Canteen was awarded 1 hat.

Ratings & Reviews

Very good
8.4/10
based on 178 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :8.3/10
Service :8.4/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Peter C.
    Peter C.
    • 10 reviews
    9/10

    Great food and great service. Tad expensive

  2. Ambika M.
    Ambika M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Loved the feel of this place. Friendly and attentive service. Uncomplicated dishes packed full of flavour. Can't go wrong with this place. We'll be back for sure.

  3. Brendan o.
    Brendan o.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Brilliant as always. Kingfish, jerk chicken and the kipfler potatoes were the winners. Really good wine as well, with help from the staff in choosing one.

  4. Mark S.
    Mark S.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Friendly staff and the curry scrambled eggs was delicious.

  5. Jing F.
    Jing F.
    • 5 reviews
    8.5/10

    Service was fab - seated straight away, food arrived very quickly. Muffuletta was a winner as always - you'll struggle to find a better sandwich than this!

  6. Sonia Z.
    Sonia Z.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    The slow cooked lamb ???????? The cheesecake ???????? The service was exceptional thank you for looking after us.

  7. Tracey S.
    Tracey S.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    A1 has delicious food, great service and ambience. Have lunches here several times and enjoyed the experience every time.

  8. Hussnain R.
    Hussnain R.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    It was a lovely meal and the staff was really friendly. I’d come back to try the other items on the menu.

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 296 reviews
    9.25/10

    Potatoes weren't as crispy as the first time. Kingfish was amazing.

  10. Michelle L.
    Michelle L.
    • 5 reviews
    9.25/10

    Simple menu, absolute tasty food and good service.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 reviews
    6.75/10

    Love the lunch... our waitress was a little stroppy and interrupted us a number of times even once sliding a glass from a few feet away from the table onto the table. Everything was brought one one one rather than all together so we had too many interruptions to our meal. I do like the lunch choice.. simple, healthy and tasty.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 278 reviews
    7.5/10

    Great lunch place, food was excellent.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    10/10

    Great place for a business meeting. Not too loud and great service.

  14. Cristina F.
    Cristina F.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Was charged for extra water that we didn’t ask for & a credit card surcharge

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great spot for lunch on a recent visit to Sydney

  16. Ron S.
    Ron S.
    • 68 reviews
    8.5/10

    A favourite breakfast spot in Sydney, innovative and quality food, dishes you won't find elsewhere in a relaxed atmosphere Love the curry scrambled eggs and pork sausages

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 reviews
    7.25/10

    Only 2 waiters so service was a bit slow but the waiters worked hard. More waiters are needed for a busy night Food too salty Good ambience Drinks OK

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 298 reviews
    9/10

    Excellent coffee and lunch

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews
    8/10

    Food was good but not for the price?

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    6/10

    the dinner menu is not very exciting, a bit disappointed

More information

How to get to the restaurant

2-10 Kensington Street, 2008, Chippendale, Australia

Directions to get there

Chippendale, Sydney City

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