Date night will never be the same again!
Imagine a world where all you had to do was make an online reservation and all the specifics were magically handled for you? At GPO that’s exactly what you get. Introducing their (may we mention, free*) Butler Service, which does all the hard work for you, down to the letter.
Here’s how it goes: let’s say it’s your partner’s birthday and you want to give them a special night out. Now you love a good wine and steak, but your partner is a vegetarian who abstains from alcohol. He or she also appreciates a bit of old-fashioned romance, but you didn’t get a chance to go shopping before your date. You simply hop online and choose your requirements, dietary and otherwise, when you book in with the Butler Service. Then when you turn up Hey Presto: you are shown to a specially prepared table where a fragrant bouquet of flowers or a long-stemmed rose awaits, along with a dedicated card and a scrumptious box of house-made truffles!
The table is of course placed in a private nook from which you can appreciate the understated elegance of the décor – the sandstone walls, muted lighting and exposed industrial ceiling features that add a modern twist to the heritage setting. You are presented with a glass of bubbly and a special mocktail for the teetotaler, bread with a trio of infused butters, and an amuse bouche that is delectable (and fits the dietary restrictions), whilst you peruse the detailed menu.
Oh the choices! Prime Restaurant’s wine list alone is absolutely dizzying, but never fear – their dedicated Sommelier will discuss your preferences and match the drop perfectly to your course. Did we mention the much-fêted steak at Prime really is to die for? Try the incredible Grass Fed, the Wagyu, the special cut of Chateaubriand or, if you are feeling adventurous, all three in a tasting plate that is nothing short of a revelation. For the vegetarians, the young but talented French chef will thoughtfully prepare a sumptuous plate of baby vegetables with celeriac foam, or whip up something equally inspired and packed with flavour. And we haven’t even mentioned dessert, but that deserves a write-up of it’s own, on a plate, in loopy chocolate sauce lettering.
Let’s just say GPO’s tailored Butler Service is intuitive, sophisticated and, when married with the impeccable service that Prime is renowned for, utterly smooth. If you’ve ever wanted the VIP treatment, James Bond-style, this is the way to go – perfect for that special occasion or business meeting. The wonder is why a personalised pre-book feature isn’t available everywhere? It’s so good that we think it should be the way of the future.
* Niyati Libotte experienced GPO’s Butler Service at Prime Steak Restaurant. The free online service is available at any of six GPO restaurants. Whatever options you choose (champagne, rose, specific wine list, fixed-price lunch etc.) are available for pre-purchase at the listed market price.
by Niyati Libotte
GPO Butler Service
t: (02) 9229 7777
a: GPO Grand Building, No.1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000