Situated in the heart of Potts Point we offer a sophisticated Sydney take on a Parisian bistro. Passionate about utilising Australia’s finest produce and native ingredients, our talented chefs Jo Ward & Michelle Powell create modern dishes and French Bistro favourites including french onion soup, steak frites, cheese soufflé and chicken liver parfait with specials added daily.
We are equally passionate about drinks and have a full cocktail bar focussed on classics and an extensive French and local wine list with over 300 wines.
We are proud to have received 2 Wine Goblets and 1 Chef’s Hat in the 2018 Good Food Guide Awards.
THE REX TEAM
Jo Ward – Co Head Chef/Owner
Jo Ward has lead some impressive kitchen teams since her 9 year tenure as Senior Sous Chef at the acclaimed Grange Restaurant with Cheong Liew in Adelaide beginning in 1993. Helming the pans at Bondi’s Mu Shu & Claude’s at Woollahra then becoming a partner in the multi award winning Bloodwood restaurant in Newtown. Jo continued her success by gaining a SMH Chefs Hat for her French cookery at Vincent in Woollahra. Followed by the produce driven, French inspired Folonomo in Surry Hills. Cooking up a culinary storm with Michelle Powell by her side, these talented ladies are a dynamic duo with a plethora of talent, passion and energy. Bundled into a pocket rocket sized package, Jo is the real deal.
Michelle Powell – Co Head Chef/Owner
Michelle is as equally talented and comfortably creative whether it be behind a set of Le Cruesette pans in the kitchen or a Boston shaker in the bar. A chef by trade, Michelle shimmied into the bar tending world for a spell, bringing her knowledge of cookery and firing up a new kind of beverage as Bar Manager opening both Spice temple Sydney and Melbourne.
With the call of the Mediterranean and British Isles too loud to ignore, Mishy became a private chef and took the opportunity to travel the world, sourcing & researching local produce and placing herself in the line of fire doing kitchen stages with leading chefs such as Fergus Henderson of St John in London purely for the purpose of gaining a deeper gastronomic enlightenment.
THE REST OF THE REX BRIGADE
In addition to our wonderful chefs 8 other passionate owners come together to make our restaurant special.
Whether you’re in need of quick drink, nibbles up at the bar, business lunch or looking for a venue to celebrate life in general, we’d love to see you.
Open 7 days, lunch through supper. Feel welcome to drop in any time of the day.
WORK WITH US
We are constantly on the look out for new Rex Allstars. If you have a passion for hospitality and winning sense of humour please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Rex is a tight, contemporary package run by industry pros who clearly love working for themselves. It's a drop-in, seven-days-a-week bistro that's the perfect fit for its inner eastern crowd. Even the four-legged ones.”Terry Durack - SMH Good Food
"..Ambient lighting, generous copper-clad banquettes and friendly staff make it a shoo-in for a not-too-stuffy date night. "Hana Jo - Qantas Insider
"An expansive French and Australian wine list and affable service, Bistro Rex is the kind of place you wished you dined at every night."Anthony Huckstep - Delicious Magazine
"Bistro Rex is a red-hot Potts Point scene.. The wine list is a cracker, not least on the Gamay front. Get into it."Australian Gourmet Traveller
"Ain't no feeding frenzy like when Potts Point decides to descend on a new restaurant all at once. It's loud, it's busy, it's a thing."Pat Nourse
"Bistro Rex, the latest French dining room to hit Potts Point, is hard to fault.”Concrete Playground