À la mode: escape to the roaring '20s in this new CBD bistro

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Pistachio encrusted swordfish washed down with a Hemmingway daiquiri, anyone? The CBD's hottest new venue has us drooling over the menu and the dreamy 1920s interiors in equal measure

There is something decidedly decadent about dining in a five star hotel. Some of the greatest films of our generation unfurled over a martini in a lobby bar: Lost in Translation, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pretty Woman, to name a few. It's a place where lost souls collide, where time stands still and the troubles of the outside world fade to black.

The folk at the CBD's hottest new opening 'Mode Kitchen & Bar' have cooked up a hedonist's dream with their 200 seater art deco venue.

Taking over the old Pei Modern space at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel in Circular Quay, Mode Kitchen & Bar combines premium fine dining led by Francesco Mannelli (ex-est., Balla and Uccello), lush interiors 1920s inspired interiors by ACME designer Luchetti Krelle.

Like Pei Modern, the restaurant will fall somewhere between bistro and fine dining. On the menu are simple dishes based on Mannelli's favourite produce, such as swordfish with citrus, pistachio and radicchio, risotto with fresh Tasmanian truffle and mushrooms, and oven-baked whole perch with fennel, orange and black olive salad. Match your choice with a pick from the 200-strong wine list or go for a cocktail, like the Hemmingway Daiquiri or Rhubarb Fizz.

ACME designer Luchetti Krelle - who is also behind the fit-outs for Bar Brosé, Banksii, The Butler and Barrio Cellar - has taken care of the interior for the 200-seater with a glamorous, 1920s art deco-inspired revamp. Expect splashes of velvet, dashes of brass, marble and leather, as well as a variety of seating options, including bar stools, lounges, banquettes and semi-private spaces. What's more, the entire restaurant is now encircled by fluted glass, giving it an intimate feel and separating it from the hotel foyer.

Mode Kitchen & Bar will open on the ground floor of the Four Seasons, 199 George Street, Sydney on Thursday, July 20. It will be open lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more info, visit

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