Kitchen by Mike
Ok, so Rosebery probably isn't the first place you think of to head for great food experiences. It's semi industrial, there are a bunch of apartment blocks and a massive car dealership. Fortunately all that space means that large scale interiors stores like the new Koskela can show off one hell of a spread when it comes to all-Australian interiors and design wares (note to self: leave the credit card at home). But what does that have to do with food? In Koskela's case, a lot. Enter Kitchen by Mike, a casual eatery slash cafe space that showcases beautiful and largely ethically sourced produce in the form of jewel-bright salads, hearty dishes of roasted pork belly and mustard fruits, sweet apricot and almond jam tarts and more.
There's a gorgeously rustic feel to the whole fit out and operation, with an emphasis on communal dining, unpretentious food and service equally so.
Furniture and good food? No hard sell required here.
Where: 85 Dunning Avenue
Rosebery NSW 2018
When: Open Monday - Saturday 7am - 6pm, Sunday 8am - 5pm
"A bunch of talented young chefs start a restaurant." Sounds like the premise for an awesome television drama and perhaps there's still time. Thespian aspirations aside, bright young things Dan Puskas and James Parry most recently seen at Oscillate Wildly and Sepia along with pastry chef Julie Niland, have opened a chic bistro experience, not in Surry Hills, or Darlinghurst, but Stanmore, once the site of much loved seafood eatery The Codfather. It's a bit of a relief really, that the location is less hipster predictable and more focused on sourcing produce from small local producers, showcased in a degustation-only menu that may divide locals, but a brave move nevertheless. For just $105 (or $125 with Australian matched wines), it's well worth a look in to see what the next generation of Australian chefs can do when they're the ones running the show.
Where: 83 Percival Road, Stanmore
When: Wednesday - Saturday, 6pm - late, Sunday lunch from midday
Eastern Suburbs locals will have driven up and down Ocean Street a thousand times and glanced at that darling looking restaurant site, a small cottage situated back from the road with a sea of grass between the cars and diners. The old Pruniers site sat empty for several years before anyone brave enough to pick it up came along. Enter celebrity chef Matt Moran and his business partner in crime, Peter Sullivan. After successfully owning Aria and other business ventures, Chiswick is the latest jewel in their restaurant empire. Once the stables of an old Victorian mansion, it's been re-imagined as a calm, pared back restaurant space complete with its own vegetable and herb gardens, simple delicious food and incredibly reasonable prices. Dishes like buttermilk chicken, seafood pies and roasted chicken are great for sharing, so those who dismiss Woollahra as unapproachable might have to rethink that thought.
Where: 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
When: Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 2.30pm and 6pm - 11pm. Sunday 12pm - 9.30pm