204 Clarence St, Sydney NSW, Australia
(02) 9283 1922
Hickson Road is a discovered part of Sydney, filled with government subsidized art spaces – but it can feel a little like a desert in the evenings, with the older demographics that frequent the area driving door to door for the most part, and no residential housing within coo-ee. What the area does have, however, is a great collection of beautifully preserved, and now heritage listed, warehouses, dating back to when Walsh Bay was one of Sydney's most important working ports (and there is still a pretty busy port a stone's throw away, if watching containers unload is your cup of tea). Arras is in one of these lovely converted warehouses, and it is the ambience that this provides that is perhaps the loveliest thing about this lovely little restaurant. That, and the cheerful, sophisticated yet unpretentious decoration that the space has been given, because someone involved with the restaurant has an excellent eye. The food is uniformly good too, creative use of fresh ingredients pulled together into a modern Australian fusion of fresh ingredients, Asian inflections, and European technique.