Impromptu Dining isn’t an everyday kind of place. But there’s nothing over $30 and it’s all a la carte. It’s also small; you’ll find it squished into a tiny Potts Point alley, and there’s only 30 seats.
It serves fine-dining food and wine in a casual atmosphere, with communal tables and share plates.
On the menu is scotch fillet with charred cos, sweet roasted pearl onions and miso butter. Or share a prettily arranged spanner-crab, mixed-bean salad with salsa verde; a crisp-skinned snapper with some equally crisp stinging nettle and pickled mussels; and then a plate of Backhouse’s grandma’s puftaloons (somewhere between a doughnut and a scone) with glazed pineapple.
The first impromptu dining experience was a just-for-fun dinner chef Daniel Bakehouse and Hannah McCowatt hosted for friends and family. It was outrageously popular and many similar pop-up dinners followed.
McCowatt says the venue’s name is fitting because the concept is still about using whatever is around and whatever’s good. Just like at the pop-ups, the menu changes all the time. The one guiding principle is although the food is refined and at times technical, nothing should be unrecognisable. The drinks list is similarly accessible, there’s a good selection of natural and biodynamic wine, but nothing overly funky.