Melbourne restaurant Gingerboy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, brings its take on Asian hawker food to Sydney with a three-month pop-up at The Star.
Launched yesterday, Gingergirl is brought to us by chef and owner of Gingerboy, Teage Ezard. Ezard is also an owner of The Star’s BLACK Bar & Grill, which opened in 2011.
“I wanted to see how the Gingerboy flavour would go in Sydney,” he says. “It’s a great opportunity to see how the market takes it, and we would definitely consider opening in Sydney at a later point if it takes off.”
The Gingergirl menu is a mix of new dishes and Gingerboy classics, which include son in law eggs and a duck-leg curry. There are three or four smaller dishes and six mains. When asked what dish he was most excited about bringing to Sydney, Ezard says, “Probably the salt-and-pepper chicken spare ribs with tamarind hot sauce. It’s a dish that’s been around for a little while in Melbourne and has been getting rave reviews. It’s been very popular.”
Interestingly, the drinks are non-alcoholic and far from dull. There is a Vietnamese ginger-and-coffee cold brew with chilli and orange zest. And a green-bubble-tea punch with passionfruit and fresh lemon.
Gingergirl is at The Star until March 17.
Sun & Mon 11.30am–9pm Tue to Thu 11.30am–10.30pm Fri & Sat 11.30am–11pm