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Bambini Trust Restaurant & Café, Sydney

St. James Trust Building
185 Elizabeth Street
Central Business District
Tel: 61 2 9283 7098's insider take:

Despite the cute Italian name and historic building, the interior of this place is pure Paris. Dark wood paneling, black-and-white photographs, mirrors scrawled with the daily specials—all of it evokes a romantic Left Bank bistro. The menu is largely French, too, although Italian and Mod Oz dishes—cracked-pepper spaghettini with sautéed prawns, crispy-skinned barramundi with truffle mashed potatoes—are the standout main courses. Be sure to save room for the chestnut-and-honey crème brûlée. For pre- or after-dinner drinks, the newly opened Bambini Wine Room across the hall is a little jewel box of a bar, glittering with chandeliers and Italian marble. Just around the corner, the Bambini-fication of the neighborhood continues with the addition of Bambini on Park, a more casual café (open for breakfast and lunch only) that exists largely to service the well-heeled journalists at publishing house ACP, in whose foyer it resides.

Open Mondays through Fridays 7 to 11 am, noon to 3 pm, 5:30 to 10:30 pm; Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

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