Every afternoon, chefs at Song Kitchen roll and cut fresh pasta on the marble bar in the main dining area. The long, flat tagliolini noodles are tossed with generous chunks of spanner crab, tendrils of shredded zucchini and chilli.
There’s also rabbit terrine with pistachio and pork, and duck croquets with béchamel sauce and salty caper berries. Freshly shucked rock oysters are finished with a bright, tangy mignonette sauce.
Although Song Kitchen is a good place to eat, there’s a nobler reason to visit. Owned by the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association), the venue gives 100 per cent of its profits to programs supporting women and children escaping domestic violence.
The space spans two levels and has three separate areas: main dining, cocktail bar and breakfast nook.
The main dining room is fitted with round wood tables and a long charcoal banquet. Geometric light fixtures cast glittering shapes on the high ceiling. Upstairs, the cocktail bar is a good spot to have one of Song Kitchen’s jalapeno-infused Margaritas and watch passers-by. A side room with a long communal table and cosy booth feels more like a shared workspace than a public venue.
Sophie Otton (ex-wine director at Rockpool) consulted on the wine list. Fifty per cent of Song Kitchen’s wines come from female winemakers.