Three venues in three spaces come together to offer all-day dining, cut-above pub fare and one of the city’s finest wine bars under one roof.
If Wildflower is the State Buildings’ flagship, Long Chim the punchy sibling and Post the classicist, then Petition is the crowd-pleaser. Encompassing a beer bar, wine bar and dining space across three rooms of the restored heritage building, there’s something for everyone.
Pull up at the Beer Corner and rare and unusual brews complement a roster of classics on a rotating tap list, while elevated pub staples (Caesar salad; a wagyu burger) are joined by smart specials on the food front.
Step into the Wine Merchant and director of wine Emma Farrelly has loaded the shelves with one of the city’s best and widest-ranging selections – think cult Georgians, rare Jurassics, poised classics and new-wave Aussies for starters – then backed it up with staff who revel in pouring it.
Book a spot at Petition the restaurant (and you really do need to book) and solid breakfast flows into lunch and dinner that builds interest around sound ideas.
Book a spot at Petition the restaurant (and you really do need to book) and solid breakfast flows into lunch and dinner that builds interest around sound ideas. Duck ragù and kale turned through pillowy plus-sized gnocchi, say, or a tropical-tasting kingfish ceviche hidden beneath slivers of daikon. Some plates – a hot-cold rice pudding, for example – could use finessing, but the strength here is in delivering high standards across the board in a way that pleases the masses, and always leaves room to discover something new.