Sake: The restaurant that moved to the ‘burbs

HOW do you take a slick, suit hangout in the heart of The Rocks and transplant it successfully into the ‘burbs?

Well first of all you find a ‘burn’ that is as little like an actual ‘burn’ as possible (Double Bay! Bingo!) and then you add a few little wrinkles; inject some new menu items, soften the decor, relax the trading hours and open up the floorplan.

It sounds easy – it isn’t always so. But the Urban Purveyor Group seem to have nailed it (so far at least) with their latest addition to the empire – the fourth addition to the Sake franchise.

Located on what can only be described as the closest thing to an Antipodean “Rodeo Drive”, Sake Double Bay is nestled under the haunch of the new InterContinental Hotel on Cross St and, unlike The Rocks, which is closed in and staggered across several levels, Double Bay is splashed across a light-filled open plan, highlighted by a long sushi bar.

And because people watching is a semi-professional sport around these parts, designer Melissa Collison has wisely installed giant windows facing out on to Cross St.