BKK will open in September 2017.
“Sean has been a friend and colleague for a while, stepping into the Saigon Sally kitchen a few months ago,“ Saigon Sally co-owner Simon Blacher tells Broadsheet. “His experience and knowledge around Thai food is exceptional. He made a delicious staff meal of boat noodles and we collectively came to the realisation that Thai is the right direction for him.
“The area has a become known for Asian food in general but we feel that authentic, punchy big flavoured Thai is yet to be explored. And no, there will not be any pad Thai or chicken satay on the menu.“
A dramatic refurbishment will involve a new cocktail bar and event space. The team will be handling the refit themselves. “The bones of the restaurant are great and we want a casual yet unique feel to the space. Music has always been a big part our restaurants and that will never change,“ Blacher says. “There will not be any neon in sight.“
Judd's new menu will include dishes such as gai yang (turmeric and lemongrass chicken cooked over smoke) and som tam tod (a papaya nest salad).