It’s hard to deny that the biggest news this week sprang from down south. Heston Blumenthal announced the details of his hugely expensive Melbourne outpost of his UK restaurant, The Fat Duck yesterday, and how one goes about securing themselves a seat. Brace yourselves, it’ll cost you – and that doesn’t even include your flight down.
What won’t cost you the earth, but is arguably just as exciting, is a new yakitori restaurant down in Darlinghurst. It’s BYO (at the moment) at Chaco Bar for one thing, but its plate of grilled meatballs with a slow-poached egg has us packing up early and rushing down there, bottle in hand.
This week, we question how the humble pub has had to keep up with the Sydney diner’s demands for better food, and how they’re continuing to change, while still remaining the comforting local. We also released Neha Kale’s cover story of our spring print issue, a profile on the prolific and immensely talented Kelvin Ho of interior design firm Akin creative.
Did you hear Misschu has opened on the water at the Elizabeth Bay marina? It’s true, and she’s also serving breakfast and coffee – a first for her and a win for those who mourned the loss of Bird and Bear cafe, which bailed out a few months ago.
Now, if you do one thing only this weekend, make sure it’s Young Henrys Small World festival, which will take over Jabez Street in Marrickville on Saturday. We hear the weather’s going to be just fine for a beer and a pork chorizo roll with chimichurri from the good people at Porteño, Cornersmith and Mary's, so buy your tickets now, and drink a bacon and cheese Bloody Mary on Sunday to help you feel better. You're welcome.