Chester Street gets a facelift with the arrival of Hello Gorgeous | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Chester Street gets a facelift with the arrival of Hello Gorgeous

Gorgeous is just the beginning.

Opening late January, Hello Gorgeous is a bar/restaurant tailor-made to suit its funky metropolitan location, with immaculately devised menus and a sophisticated but welcoming design.

Smack-bang in the heart of Newstead, Hello Gorgeous (owned by familiar industry face Justinn De Beer) will incorporate a fresh front deck, striking interior bar, functions area, and private dining room.

On the menu front, “a really fresh, healthy element to our food,” was Justinn’s goal.

“I find that so often when you’re looking at a bar food menu there’s so much deep-fried stuff… We’re more about lots of fresh seafood, great salads, and healthier options to suit the area around us.”

Start looking forward to a menu starring delights like a trio of oyster shooters, barbecued baby octopus with green tomato gazpacho, caramelised apple, and saffron chilli oil, and Milly Hill lamb cutlets with harissa, Hasselback potato, and caramelised shallot.

For those looking for a social bite, Hello Gorgeous’ chef Matthew Wrench will be putting up a range of snackable sides like spiced haloumi chips, roasted bone marrow with sourdough crisps, and three decadent share boards.

In the bar, Justinn will balance familiar and craft labels, so every guest can find something they know and love. Hello Gorgeous is also introducing a list of temperance cocktails – low-alcohol creations designed to appeal to extended session-sippers (and their wallets).

Justinn’s pick of the temperance cocktails? “There’s a beautiful French vermouth called Lillet – you can sit on the deck and enjoy two Lillet and tonics instead of just the one gin and tonic. It’s a great way to stretch out an evening without getting burnt out.”

What about those interiors? “My partner Bea did the interior design,” says Justinn. Look forward to a pastel pink-tiled bar, statement light installations, splashes of rich teal velvet, and gold accents. 

“We’ve been working really hard alongside each other to create a really cool, different space. We’ve got these beautiful five-metre-high ceilings, so we’re trying to maximise the space and create lots of different textures throughout the place.”

Hello Gorgeous will be serving until midnight initially, and through to 2pm when their general licence comes through. As well as planning some boozy weekend brunches, Justinn says there’s the possibility of a Hello Gorgeous take on trucker’s breakfasts –  “we’ll invite a few food trucks to pull up in the car park, and people can sit on the deck and enjoy a Bloody Mary or Bellini with their breaky.”

With a food and bar offering like this, it’ll be hard to say goodbye.

Words by Georgia Condon
- the gourmand who will take a trio of oyster trios