Rockpool Dining Group joins forces with Coronation Property’s 8 Phillip Street development

It seems Neil Perry is hungry for more of Parramatta.

The Sun Parramatta Kylie Stevens 01-06-2017

Coronation Property has teamed up with the renowned chef to bring two of Rockpool Dining Group’s premium restaurants out west to be part of its 8 Phillip Street development. Rockpool Bar & Grill and Saké Restaurant & Bar have been confirmed as the eateries. The news comes three months after Mr Perry opened a Burger Project franchise in the nearby V by Crown development.Coronation Property development manager Aras Labutis believes it will be a premier gastronomic destination when it opens in 2020.  “Parramatta’s dining scene is bustling and vibrant but there’s nothing of this calibre, particularly Japanese dining,” he told the Sun. “It was a natural fit for us. There’s been a lot of buzz and interest in Rockpool coming to Parramatta, as it means people won’t travel too far for this level of fine dining.”

One restaurant will be on the ground floor while another be higher up in the 54 level development. The Rockpool restaurants will be in addition to 18 storeys of QT Hotel accommodation underneath 35 storeys of residential apartments and Studio 54, which promises to be Sydney’s highest rooftop venue.“It will be a real destination,” Mr Labutis said. “The residential and retail aspects will be completed at the same time in 2020, so we’ll hit the ground running.”

Managing director Joseph Nahas said the partnership raises the bar for western Sydney’s dining scene.“No longer do food connoisseurs, or those simply wanting a nice evening out, need to travel lengthy distances to experience a higher standard in dining,” he said. Rockpool Dining Group’s chief executive Thomas Pash added: “Market research and customer data across our premium brands indicates that Parramatta will welcome and support two, and possibly more, of our top restaurants.”

The recent announcement strengthens Parramatta’s growing presence on the dining scene with the likes of Gelato Messina, Jamie’s Italian and most recently, BL Burgers – a spin-off of Sydney’s famous Bar Luca.