Chef Luke Mangan opens pop-up restaurant in one of Sydney Harbor Bridge’s pylons


Chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan (Luke’s Kitchen) has teamed up with Bridgeclimb to launch a pop-up restaurant in the south-east pylon of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. On Thursday and Friday evenings from November 17 to December 22, diners will climb 200 steps to the historic pylon’s observation deck to enjoy a three-course meal as the sun sets over the harbour.

Each course will be accompanied by a glass of Penfolds wine, including its famous Grange – and, to ensure you can descend those 200 steps without tripping, there is a strict limit of one glass per course. Snacks and a glass of champagne will be served on arrival, then diners will be seated around a 20-person communal table with views of the harbour, city and surrounding area from the wraparound observation deck. The meal may include Sydney rock oysters with reseda dressing, hiramasa trevally sashimi with sesame dashi dressing, and beef tenderloin with mushroom mash.

As guests climb up to 87 meters above sea level through the interior of the granite pylon, a Bridgeclimb guide will lead them through the history of the bridge.

While the dinner will provide a special experience, it is reminiscent of an April Fool’s Day from 2016. April 1, 2016 foodie traveler announced the “news” that the Quay team, including chef Peter Gilmore, would launch a restaurant on the Harbor Bridge. The experience would begin with drinks and snacks in the southeast pylon, with guests heading to each of the other four pylons in a kind of progressive dinner. Alas, the “plans” to install rooftop gardens through the arch that would feed the restaurant did not materialize.

Luke’s Table at the Lookout runs from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights from November 17 through December 22. Tickets are $295 and on sale now.


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