It seems that the urge to open new and trendy venues has finally invaded the north good and proper, with the craze heading past The Spit and hitting Seaforth.
They threw open the doors just before Christmas and the team at Wild Bunch haven’t looked back. The pedigree is worth noting here, with executive chef and owner Chris Cranswick-Smith (ex-Emmilou in Darlinghurst) shaking the pans and bringing the relaxed north a taste of sardines, hefty burgers and delightful share plates.
The space (which used to be the lacklustre Gallery Cafe) has been updated to a clean white interior, with a focus on potted herbs, French provincial cafe chairs, recycled palette benches and comfy banquettes. It’s a funny glass-wedge corner on Sydney Road that has been made inviting with a comprehensive and distinctive menu.
The distinctive ‘tin of fisherman’s sardines’ is a trademark brekkie or try small plates of spicy green peppers or scallops with your evening bubbles while you peruse the list of South American wines.
There’s even doggie options should you choose to bring along your four legged friend for a spot at the outdoor nook, with the ‘pampered pooch’ wagyu mince topping the list.
But back to human treats. Watch for the tasting menu on Australia Day and live music with your paella and sangria on Sunday nights.