Chef Gitai Ifergan and front-of-house gun James Ness have flitted in and out of some of Melbourne's top venues. Since December, the pair has been serving Mediterranean barbeque – inspired by Ifergan's early childhood in Israel and Palestine – out of an old sushi shop in Prahran.
With the pop-up coming to a close, they're throwing one indulgent feast after the other for Jethro's last weekend.
On Friday March 5, Ifergan is serving a luxe spread of oysters with pomegranate mignonette; crudites with green tahini; mussel flatbread with sour cream and cheddar; cured salmon with taramasalata and truffle; mackerel with Jerusalem artichokes and grapes; Wagyu porterhouse with quince; and a lemon verbena and blueberry tart, among others.
Seatings cost $120 and include the set menu and a welcome drink. (The same menu is sold out for March 6.)
And on Sunday March 7, he's being joined by mum Judy Ifergan – a former chef in Tel Aviv – for a legacy brunch of shakshuka, labneh, stuffed grilled sardines, Moroccan salad, flatbreads and rolls from Baker Bleu. Plus, there'll be home-baked pastries and desserts including flourless chocolate cake with creme fraiche. Seatings to the brunch cost $35.
There are wines by the glass aplenty, and a few more by the bottle. House cocktails include a smashable pomegranate and elderflower spritz, and there are options for beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
If you can't make it to either event, Jethro is serving its usual pop-up menu one last time on Thursday, March 4.