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Porcine will become “Porsheen” in July, when superstar Melbourne chef Rosheen Kaul hits the pans for one night only. Kaul previously hosted Porcine during her acclaimed stint at Etta in Brunswick. As a delicious payback, she’ll bring “Chinese-ish” flavours – showcased in her James Beard award-winning cookbook – to the Porcine kitchen on Thursday, July 18. This full-circle moment is $140 per person. Reservations are essential.

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Sydney is flush with French bistros. But none are like Porcine.

Sitting above the Paddington outpost of P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants, this cosy restaurant by veteran chefs Nicholas Hill and Harry Levy sees the pair’s collective resume (Sepia, Saint Peter, Don Peppino’s and London’s three-Michelin-starred Ledbury are just a few highlights) inform one of the city’s most outstanding French menus.

Consider Porcine’s canard à la presse. The laborious dish – which is limited to one per service and only available by pre-order – sees a roasted whole duck finished tableside in a sauce of its own blood and marrow. Seen as the height of luxury among France's bourgeoisie in the 18th and 19th centuries, Porcine is currently the only restaurant in Sydney that serves it.

But Hill and Levy also trade in familiar bistro staples, albeit ones delivered in less familiar ways. Think Sydney rock oysters dressed in smoked eel mignonette; a steak au poivre reimagined with grilled ox tongue; and an evolving pate en croute that changes daily.

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Updated: June 28th, 2024

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