Sydney’s Open for Lunch

Fri 3rd December, 2021
Sydney’s Open for Lunch
Various locations, Sydney
Heavyweight chefs and live music come together in some of Sydney’s busiest public spaces for a long lunch spectacular.

Sydney’s streets, plazas and laneways are set to become the stages for a one-day long lunch hosted by some of the country’s most esteemed chefs. Sydney’s Open for Lunch will see al fresco diners pop up in Sydney’s CBD, the inner-city and Parramatta, alongside a series of in-venue events running concurrently.

Out west, 400 diners will be taking a seat at Parramatta Square. They’ll get to choose a three-course meal from either Maurice Terzini’s popular trattoria Cicciabella, pan-Asian diner Lilymu or European-inspired eatery Ruse Bar & Brasserie. Think a hearty sirloin steak from Ruse, a zingy jackfruit and mango pudding with pandan and mochi from Lilymu, or Sicilian-style pizza topped with Ortiz onions from Cicciabella. Tunes come courtesy of indie artist Winston Surfshirt, who’ll play a DJ set, RnB star Milan Ring and genre-bending artist Nardean.

Back closer to the city, legendary chef Kylie Kwong is hosting an al fresco disco in the South Eveleigh precinct. Hit the mirror-ball dance floor and cut a rug to tunes from Original Roman vs Boogie Fingers; Levins vs Joyride and more. Your $30 ticket not only includes entry, but also a plate of food (hokkien noodles or a five-spice tofu salad) from Kylie Kwong’s on-site diner Lucky Kwong, and a cocktail – made with ingredients otherwise headed for landfill – from star bartender Matt Whiley (Re–).

The laneways and bars in the YCK Laneways (York, Clarence and Kent streets) precinct are also joining the action and offering their own themed lunches, as well as post-feast parties. Highlights include a 10-course Japanese-inspired lunch by buzzy bar and restaurant the Prince of York; a three-course Mexican feast in Temperance Lane by Esteban, with matching tequila cocktails; and a progressive lunch at SILY, with each course supplied by a different Kent Street eatery. After dark, expect a program of live music across the YCK Laneways bars, including aperitivo-loving venue Sammy Junior, subterranean bar Swinging Cat, rum bunker The Lobo and cosy basement venue Grandma’s.

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