It’s no surprise there’s hype around Kensington Street Social. It is English, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s first Sydney venue.
Executive chef, Robert Daniels, spent years working with Atherton in the UK, so knows a thing or two about his style, but this venue has given him the chance to bring some Australian staples into the mix.
“I’m most comfortable in the fine-dining industry,” says Daniels, “but we want this to be a relaxed place where you can come a couple of times a week with friends.”
You’ll see that Roberts hasn’t completely left his fine-dining roots behind. For starters, a new take on the Caprese salad. “Everyone knows Caprese salad, so we just twisted it a bit,” says Daniels.
The vine-ripened tomato is served whole, and drizzled in 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar. Cut into it and find it’s stuffed full of fresh Vanella burrata and a semi-dried tomato seasoning.
A plump, roasted marron tail is served split in the shell with a simple dollop of curry butter and a burnt lime for squeezing. Kangaroo even makes a simple, understated appearance.
“The trouble with kangaroo is that it’s so often misused,” says Daniels, “this is just a simple, modern take. It’s a go-to main.”
For dessert, don’t go past the yogurt mousse and lemon curd drizzled over basil sorbet atop a disk of malt meringue, a surprisingly fresh flavour combination.
The bar offers over 186 wines ranging from accessible, everyday glasses, to special-occasion drops. On the cocktail list choose from a Vegemite-infused dirty gin Martini, or Kensington’s take on the Espresso Martini – The Hipster’s Breakfast. It’s a banana-bread-infused rum, salt buttermilk syrup, cold-drip coffee and Fernet-Branca served in a smooth ceramic mug.
Kensington Street Social
3 Kensington Street, Chippendale
(02) 8277 8533
Mon to Sun breakfast from 7am, lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6pm.