The Pot Food & Wine
These days restaurateur Simon Kardachi is synonymous with respected city joints Press* Food & Wine, Melt, Osteria Oggi, Proof, Maybe Mae and Bread & Bone, but The Pot Food & Wine pre-dates them all. The restaurant started life as The Melting Pot in 1999, before getting a more casual rebrand in 2008.
Even after all this time, the spot remains a Hyde Park destination, pulling a crowd with its cracking tasting menu and bustling bistro vibe. Perch at a long table, bar seat or one of the more intimate tall tables for two. Then consider the extensive wine list of French and Italian varietals. You’ll see what we mean.
Chef Ben Fenwick takes inspiration from South-East Asia and France, plating up dishes made for sharing. Highlights include soft-shell crab brioche and crispy duck spring rolls. The restaurant collaborates with local producers including the Just family’s Ashley Park. Highlander lamb is carved at the table and served with all the trimmings. The smoked lamb ribs are also worth a try.
Breakfast is available on weekends and best accompanied by a Dirty Bloody Mary.