Vvaldmeer – with its refined cafe food, courtesy of chef Amos Ilett – immediately turned heads when it opened in November.
Now owners Cameron Milne and Alex Kathage are leveraging Ilett’s skill further with a series of supper-club dinners. On the third Thursday of every month the duo is turning over the small Highgate Hill cafe for degustation menus ranging from five to seven courses.
“Alex and I always wanted to use the space for things beyond just a cafe,” Milne says. “We had a cupping recently and we’re looking at doing wine tastings also. This is part of that.”
Milne says the dinners are designed to show off Vvaldmeer’s slick breakfast menu in a different light, or perhaps highlight some of their local suppliers, such as Mandala Mushrooms or Loop Growers. Previous events have featured coal-grilled mushrooms with herb sauce and garlic chips; or Korean steak tartare with kimchi, chives, daikon and cured egg yolk.
The next two dinners are scheduled for May 24 and June 14. Although Ilett is yet to finalise what he’s cooking on the nights the second will feature a plant-based menu. Tickets are selling out at $80 and booze is BYO with no corkage.
“For us, Amos has done such a great job. People are excited to try food of this quality at night,” Milne says. “He was excited to do it. It was a no-brainer if we wanted to do it and he had the skills to nail it.”
Vvaldmeer's next two dinner degustation events take place May 24 and June 14. Milne expects them to sell out. Book online here.