122 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 8080 7070
The days of the long business lunch might’ve well and truly gone the way of the briefcase and the beeper but nestled into a window seat beneath the soaring ceilings of 1821, watching the city rush by, you catch glimpses of what those heady times must’ve been like.
You’ve got client-impressing grandeur, aided by the 3-level dining room (offering private dining, vodka bar and main dining room if you’re in the mood to show-off a little), cosy-booths for those slightly more furtive mergers and acquisitions and prime position along Pitt Street for the suits to slink easily in and out of their desks at a moment’s notice.
However because this is Greek food, there’s also a contrasting sense of comfort and authentic familiarity. Favourites such as the BBQ lamb shoulder are all on the menu and we can confirm it’s a perfect tender item to order during those tense hostile takeover conversations.
But Chef David Tsirekas clearly isn’t content simply serve up the classics, mixing things up with slight asian influences such as his Greek san choy bow and prawn dumplings.
It makes a firm statement about where the venue’s head is at.
Despite the name referencing the Greek War of Independence, 1821 is about celebrating the Greece of now. A country where tradition meets experimentation, where luxury as well as down-to-earth sensibility is celebrated.
Which, funnily enough, seems exactly what the state of the business in the twenty-tens is all about.
Celebrate the wins but always try to keep it real.