Haymarket's Market City is set to become the city's latest foodie hub with the launch of 1909 Dining Precinct. From today, eight new Asian eateries will be open on the third floor, ranging from premium dine-in options to sushi train and casual outlets.
Dragon and lion dancing team Jin Wu Koon will perform a traditional blessing ritual at 1909 today to mark the occasion.
"We are excited to be evolving our offering to deliver an elevated day-to-night food experience, heralding a new era of dining at Market City and something we believe will further underscore our position as one of the city's most authentic and vibrant Asian food destinations," says center manager David Yam.
The first restaurant to open is Mr Meng Chongqing Gourmet, a noodle chain owned by Meng Fei, the host of cult Chinese dating show If You Are the One. It's Meng's second Australian outpost, following a much-hyped opening in Melbourne in the middle of last year. The menu will feature the chain's signature deep-fried spring rolls and Chongqing spicy noodles.
Upmarket Macanese hotpot chain Dolar Shop will also open its first Sydney restaurant. The 200-seat venue joins the more than 50 of its sibling restaurants located across Asia, Europe, the US and the Middle East.
Other openings in the precinct include a second Sydney Yayoi, which specialises in teishoku, a set meal commonly cooked at home in Japan that involves rice, miso soup, a main dish and two smaller dishes. There's also Korean barbeque Kogi, Chinese restaurant Beijing Impression (there is another one in Ashfield) and Fugetsu sushi train. Two final restaurants are yet to be announced.
The launch of 1909 coincides with the 21th anniversary of Market City. Its name is a nod to the building's heritage, too, the year Sydney's first fruit and vegetable market opened.
1909 Dining Precinct opens today, Thursday March 8, at Market City, 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket. The venues will open progressively and is expected to be finished by mid-year.