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Welcome inside the Lobby Bar, appropriately located adjacent to the hotel lobby. By day, this light-filled restaurant offers breakfast, lunch
and everything in-between and by night, guests are invited to settle in for a dining delight, or drink(s).
An impressive custom made marble bar in rich rhubarb and cream hues set the scene, complimented by monochromatic patterned stools and gold accents. Dining
tables assembled along the broad windows facing Ada Lane frame the setting – the marble of the low-set tables provide a pale pink and white
candy swirl counterpart to the rhubarb bar, a cushioned bench and sleek soft leather seating round out the experience.
Seasoned chef (pardon-the-pun), Kitak Lee is the brainchild behind the menu – a contemporary all-day menu which exudes personality and flare from
many cuisines. Already a favourite among locals and visitors alike is the Broken Omelette with spanner crab, jalapeño and bonitio flakes,
or for something more substantial the Goldband Snapper with wakame salad is a must-try. In need of a tipple? The menu is paired with a considered and
considerable wine list showcasing Australia’s finest, whilst also saluting the great viticulture.
Food and Beverage Manager, Katrina Ford, presides having returned to her home state to take charge of Lobby Bar after managing Merivale restaurants
Coogee Pavilion, Mr. Wong and Ms G’s. Ford also oversaw bar operations for the opening of Intercontinental Double Bay, was
opening Sommelier at the hatted French fine diner Guillaume, and held management positions at Hugo’s Lounge in Sydney and London’s
famous Shoreditch House, part of the SoHo House Group.
Ford’s vision for the Lobby Bar is in keeping with the ethos of the hotel and its design, which reflects understated sophistication and exceptional quality – a space designed to conjure a sense of relaxed comfort, extending the experience of the urban resort. The light-filled and open-air spaces feature clean lines with a pared back simplicity.
“This is a place where you walk in and feel instantly calm and welcomed, as though you have escaped from city life,” she said. “Everything from the décor
to the music is designed to put you at ease. Someone might have spent a morning by the pool or come from the office in a suit, but they will feel equally
Owner and developer Michael Malouf of CMI says the design and role of Lobby Bar is integral to The Calile experience.
“Lobby Bar is an all-day venue, ready to receive and satiate guests according to their agenda, not ours. Adjacent to the hotel entry, the venue
is designed to animate and elevate the hotel lobby into (yet another) fun and interactive component of The Calile Hotel experience.”
The Lobby Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open to travellers, guests and locals alike.