Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan (of Glass Brasserie) has opened his new headquarters in the vibrant, creative precinct of Waterloo. While he may be the new kid on the Danks Street block, Mangan isn’t a stranger to the food scene both locally and abroad with his burgeoning empire of restaurants extending all the way to Singapore, Indonesia and Japan.
Situated in an old industrial warehouse, Headquarters by Luke Mangan is home to Mangan’s head office, product warehouse, test kitchen, a communal dining and function space, as well as Mojo, a unique wine and tapas bar. The large open space is fitted with polished concrete floors, industrial furnishings, hanging light bulbs encased in cage-like structures and lofty ceilings stacked with crates of Mangan’s branded products. Also adding to the raw interior is a cool-room fashioned from a converted shipping container spray painted with colourful graffiti.
Mojo is an ideal spot to unwind over a smorgasbord of tapas-style sharing plates along with a glass of wine in a casual, intimate setting that can seat up to 26. There’s a relaxed vibe – nothing fancy or pretentious. And on weekend nights the shutters come down once the space reaches maximum capacity. You almost feel like it’s a secret warehouse dining party.
Start with crisp flat bread with guacamole and Mangan’s mum’s tomato chutney and then progress to their signature kingfish sashimi with ginger, shallot and Persian feta (a staple on Mangan’s restaurant menus). Continue feasting on charcuterie plates, pork belly tacos, prawn and pineapple salsa mini burgers and finish off with a chocolate and jam lamington. While you’re there, check out Mangan’s extensive range of olive oils, relishes, spices and more – all available for purchase.
Headquarters by Luke Mangan
8-10 Danks Street, Waterloo
(02) 9002 5346
Lunch, Tues to Sat noon–3pm
Bar Snacks, Tues to Sat 3pm–6pm
Dinner, Fri & Sat from 6pm