When Maslow’s pop-up cafe in Pymble ended in December last year, the upper north shore was sad to farewell chef Jack New (Cafe Sydney, Sokyo, Ananas, Edition Roasters). But as of last week, New is back. He has opened Maslow’s in a permanent Naremburn location, with Tom Riddell looking after coffee. “We were always over capacity,” says New of the Pymble venue. “So we started looking for a bigger and more permanent site.” After one location fell through, the boys came across an old grill restaurant when a contact texted them the details. “They sent us a Gumtree link to it,” laughs Riddell. “We literally bought our restaurant off Gumtree.”
After a frenzied two-week refit, Maslow’s Naremburn has opened with some well-known favourites from the Pymble menu. “We’ll have the dessert for breakfast: lavender panna cotta, maple muesli, honey jelly and smoke; Smoke on the Water, which is cherry-wood salmon, beetroot-cured egg, chorizo oil and toast; and we’ll have the Mr Pig, brioche bun of braised pork and 62-degree poached Onsen egg.” says New. “It’s nice to have more room – a bit different to one induction-top that kept tripping out during service! And a cool room instead of a bar fridge is a big step up, too.”
Coffee is by Sweden’s Drop Coffee as well as Seven Seeds, but will also feature guest roasters. Artwork in the space is no afterthought, either, it will be updated to complement the seasonal menu. End-of-season dinners will see previous artwork for sale when the chef introduces the new menu along with the new artist. For now it’s breakfast and lunch, with a liquor license and dinners to follow.