The latest addition to Rosebery’s The Cannery complex is Stanton & Co, a casual fine diner by The Parlour Group (Riley Street Garage, Surly’s, The Village Inn). It’s named after Richard Stanton, a property developer who built up part of the area in the 1900s.
At the helm is group executive chef Regan Porteous (Toko, Riley Street Garage). He’s working closely with head chef Marcelino Papio to bring to life a modern-Australian menu with a Japanese edge. There is some cross over between the two menus; Riley Street’s smoky soy truffle oysters, crisp pork knuckle and truffled potato mash make an appearance at Stanton & Co.
“You can definitely see a similar identity across the two venues,” Porteous says. “But we … didn’t want to just blend in. We’re doing classic dishes, though elevated and with that Japanese play on things.”
One classic combination Porteous explores (then warps) is the pairing of cheese and onion. A dish of hand-stretched burrata is served with pickled onions and a roasted parmesan and pistachio furikake (a sesame and seaweed seasoning). Then there’s another dish of pecorino, mozzarella and ricotta- stuffed gyoza served with simple mustard vinegar.
A plate of mussels, pipis and clams with dashi broth and turmeric butter was something Porteous whipped up one night for his wife at 1am.
Alongside a wine list highlighting Australian, Italian, French and Argentinean drops, the drinks menu focuses on celebrating the venue’s neighbours. There’s beer from nearby microbrewery Frenchie’s Bistro and Brewery, and you’ll find Archie Rose dry gin in a cocktail of elderflower, rosè vermouth and hibiscus that’s designed to reflect the gardens in the local area.
The venue was designed by Alexander&Co, and at 240 seats is expansive, but deep, earthen tones and soft furnishings help the space feel intimate and luxurious. Grab a seat at one of the gently worn dark olive banquettes in the dining room that look out onto a generous deck outside, or at the marble-topped chef’s table by the open kitchen. You’ll find more marble behind the bar in the form of a notably extravagant backing for beer taps, and tableware is from ceramicist Joy Smithers of Batch Ceramics.
Stanton & Co opens on Wednesday November 15.
Stanton & Co
3/61–71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Wed to Sat 12pm–12am