‘Modern Asian' might be the take of Golden Fields, but it could also simply be termed ‘Andrew McConnell’s food’, as the chef (co-owner of Cumulus Inc. and Cutler & Co.) has drawn broadly from Asian cuisines mixed with his own heritage and training to produce a new version of his own fingerprint. Sea urchin and crisp lardo on flatbread; pork dumplings, fat with steamed dough reminiscent of steamed pork buns; a hot buttered roll filled with crayfish and Kewpi mayonnaise lead the way to poached chicken with sesame paste, housemade rice noodles and chilli and beef brisket with wasabi butter and garlic shoots.
The room was designed by Dion Hall and Nick Cox from Projects of Imagination who, with McConnell, utilised the artisanal skills of ceramicist Shane Kent to create the beautiful dining plates, Robert Hook for his metal work (check out the shelves behind the bar), Zenta Tenaka from Cibi for tableware and Michaela Webb from Studio Round for a pared-back identity. Golden Fields’ cohesion lies in one chef’s desire to execute his interpretation of experience through collaboration to a willing dining audience.
Update: Golden Fields will close permanently on Saturday April 19, 2014. Andrew McConnell will open his new venue, Supernormal, at 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne at the end of April. The Golden Fields site will become Luxembourg Bar and Bistro.