The team at ACME has announced it’ll be hosting brunch every Saturday. Chef Mitch Orr is building upon ideas dreamt up in the kitchen alongside Automata for last year’s far-too-brief brunch extravaganza, Auto.Lab.

Orr knows all too well that “Sydney loves brunch”, but he plans to “switch it up at ACME, and offer something a little more interesting.” His “Asian-leaning” brunch service is a $50 set menu, featuring three main courses and something sweet to finish. If you made it to Orr’s takeover of Auto.Lab, you’ll have the right idea – garlic-rice bowls with Cambodian-style barbeque pork neck and pickles, and Asian inspired sandwiches with Filipino sausage and egg. The menu will change week to week, and will also include a vegetarian option.

Evolving tried-and-tested brunch staples (avocado on toast) may be tricky but Orr believes there’s room for more Asian-influenced experimentation between 11am and 2pm. The result is a delicious blurring of cuisines and weekend dining rituals. “These are the things I like to eat at breakfast time,” he says. “The idea with our brunch is to continue to experiment outside of what we regularly do at ACME.”

As for drinks, Orr and the ACME team “don’t really encourage coffee” but will “take it on the chin” if you, like most Sydney-siders, require a caffeine hit to complement a brunch session. Otherwise, there’ll be a range of Tea by Teacraft teas, fresh juice, and brunch cocktails from co-owner Ed Loveday. On the list is a Bloody Mary spin-off titled Bloody Pasi. It’s inspired by ACME friend and chef Pasi Petanen (Cafe Paci), and includes dill-infused vodka, spiced tomato, and fresh dill.

Brunch at Acme will start Saturday, February 18, it runs from 11am to 2.30pm.

Updated on March 10.

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