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Meet the Chef

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Dan Hong

Starting his career in the kitchen of his family’s Vietnamese restaurant chain, Dan quickly developed a taste for a career in a challenging and exciting kitchen. Dan developed his culinary skills at an elite list of Sydney restaurants including Longrain, Pello Restaurant and Marque. Once qualified, Dan joined the Tetsuya team as Chef de Partie before moving to Bentley Restaurant and Bar as Sous Chef. After a stint abroad working in New York, Dan joined the Merivale team.

175 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.9
175 reviews
Recommended
(8.9)
Food
(9.0)
Service
(9.5)
Value for money
(7.8)
Atmosphere
(9.1)
Peter Russell

dined on Fri, 7 Jun 2019

(10)
New Executive Chef now flying solo and putting his stamp on menu. No disappointments there.

dined on Fri, 24 May 2019

(9)
Good food. The veal was a little tough.

dined on Fri, 29 Mar 2019

(8)
Great atmosphere, good food, excellent service. Always pleasurable coming here.
Jody Yoong

dined on Wed, 6 Mar 2019

(8)
Change of chef, but the new menu still is attractive. Pity they have taken away the lunch 2/3 course option.

dined on Mon, 24 Dec 2018

(9)
We tried testing menu with matching wines. Food and drinks were very good, and service was exceptionally good.

dined on Thu, 20 Dec 2018

(9)
Pleasant surroundings. Experienced staff, there when necessary but not intrusive. Another good experience here.

dined on Tue, 18 Dec 2018

(9)
Champagne & Wine list was a highlight, backed by excellent service & food.

dined on Fri, 14 Dec 2018

(7)
I can't help but feel like Est has gone downhill. For a restaurant such as this you expect a certain level of service...unfortunately there were multiple times this was a letdown. From not being called over when the table was ready to having to ask the bar for drinks when waiters failed to notice empty drinks for long periods of time, it was quite a disappointment. Luckily the food was still good - most notable was the Marron entree.

dined on Tue, 11 Dec 2018

(10)
Sensational as always!

dined on Sat, 8 Dec 2018

(10)
Great service and atmosphere.
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About est.

Dining at est. is a finely-tuned dance. A balance between the drama of this timeless setting, within a heritage-listed building, and the contemporary Australian food, executed with precision. The seasonally-driven menu continually evolves and explores the interplay of classic flavours with local ingredients.

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