To celebrate this milestone, the casual-dining offshoot of Clayton Wells’s Automata will throw a series of parties it’s calling A1 & Friends – and there’s some pretty exciting names involved.
The first shindig is on June 23, the one-year anniversary of the venue’s opening. It’s anticipating your hangover, teaming up with classic late-night kebab-and-curry joint Indian Home Diner for a Sunday lunch sesh, with music by DJ Levins.
A1 Canteen will do its own spin on traditional Indian snacks, including turmeric-pickled okra, cauliflower, onion and radish; chicken wings with lime-pickle dressing and raita (an Indian condiment); and kingfish collar with rogan josh sauce. It’ll also be dishing up mini kebabs – choose from classic (chicken tikka with naan, onion bhaji and butter chicken sauce) and vegetarian (dal, mashed potato and garlic naan). A menu of Indian-inspired cocktails has also been thought up, including Indian-spiced spritzes, highballs with Indian cola and lassis.
It won’t set you back too much, either – for $45 you’ll score a drink (beer, Indian-inspired cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage), two mini kebabs and all of the sides (extra drinks available for purchase).
And if you’re a fan of the birthday month (you should be), A1 has embraced it and tripled it, with further parties in July and August. On July 24 it’ll revive Victor Liong’s (Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook) short-lived but lauded Lawyers, Guns and Money concept, which was a forerunner in serving Asian-influenced breakfast dishes such as congee in a cafe environment.
On August 21, the venue is teaming up with Belles Hot Chicken’s Morgan McGlone for a “Kiwi clam bake”, in collaboration with Cloudy Bay clams and Garage Project brewery, both from New Zealand.
A small number of tickets are available and tickets will also be available on the door.
A1 Canteen’s first birthday celebrations will start on June 23, and continue on July 24 and August 21. Each runs from 1pm to 6pm. Reservations here.