1-Michelin restaurant Whitegrass announces its impending closure in December

1-Michelin restaurant Whitegrass announces its impending closure in December

Bittersweet farewell

Text: Janice Sim

Whitegrass first stole our hearts with its Instagrammable botanical nuances and humble Australian approach to the fine dining realm. Certainly, we weren't the only ones hooked. Under the steady leadership of chef-owner Sam Aisbett, Whitegrass soon clinched their first Michelin star back in 2017 — solidifying its reputation as one of the top spots to celebrate an occasion, commemorate an important decision or simply just to have an exceptional dining experience.

Whitegrass closure 2018

All good things must come to an end, unfortunately. This December, on the 22nd, will be the last day of service for the renowned Australian restaurant. It seems that the reason ultimately came down to moving on to the next phase of Aisbett's career.

Whitegrass Chef Sam Aisbett

"It was a really difficult decision, because the restaurant is doing very well and we have assembled such a strong team," shares Aisbett, "Whitegrass has fulfilled my dream of elevating the status of modern Australian cuisine, with its Michelin and 50 Best wins. Now we are eager to push the boundaries further, and in order to do that, we need a space that allows the team to be more experimental and focused," he adds.

We'll miss the millennial pinks, stellar starters and unconventional flavours for sure, but we take solace knowing that Aisbett has something bigger up his sleeves. A new opening from the man himself will be unveiled in the first half of 2019. But for now, we'll make our final reservations at this 1-Michelin restaurant before the year closes in.  

Whitegrass will run its final dinner service on 22 December 2018. Reservations can be made at [email protected].