Barangaroo’s food offerings are nothing if not diverse. With 21 eateries already open, you can find everything from Bourke Street Bakery’s lemon and vanilla ricotta tarts to Anason’s cured salmon pastirma. It’s just been announced that five Asian restaurants will open their doors this year, confirming the precinct as a multicultural melange.
First up is Two Sticks opening its second venue mid-July; its existing restaurant is in Haymarket. “[Barangaroo] is the new business area,” says owner Jason Zhi. “During lunchtimes we already have a lot of office people.” While their regulars are devotees of the noodle-soup bowls, for the “Westerners at Barangaroo”, Two Sticks will customise the menu to “bring more fusion dishes”. Understanding that “many office workers have only one-hour breaks, [we] also created the lunch box”, a specially packaged offering for those on the go. Expect more traditional Chinese decor at their Barangaroo outpost.
Beloved for their bird’s nest dumplings, Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine is another Chinese eatery expanding to Barangaroo from its Haymarket home in mid-July. Offering a twist on its usual menu, the new restaurant will cater to those with time constraints, serving tasting plates and meal combinations. Rumour has it they may open early in the day, with a Hong Kong–style breakfast of congee and dumplings.
Me Oi’s Barangaroo venue will be its third, with restaurants already in the CBD and Strathfield. With an emphasis on Vietnamese home-style cuisine, you can expect its signature pho and vermicelli dishes. It is slated to open in September on Wulugul Walk.
Muum Maam means “little glutton” in Thai. It’s a cult favourite in Surry Hills. Its 100-seat restaurant, opening in September, will allow Barangaroo diners to try its inventive take on Thai classics. Start with the massaman coconut curry of veal osso buco and potato. Follow it up with the Monkey Balls dessert of caramelised cashew nuts surrounded by pandan and coconut gelato, coated in toasted coconut and white sesame.
In mid-October Billu’s will open. Chef Billu Singh has been serving his traditional Indian cuisine to locals, athletes and Bollywood stars from Parramatta for 25 years.
These new restaurants are only one-quarter of those expected to open over the coming months. Stay tuned.