Melbourne’s Commune Group (Tokyo Tina, Hanoi Hannah) has joined forces with Tennis Australia to launch a new pop-up restaurant this summer.

Beijing Betty will deliver a modern take on Cantonese dining at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open in January.

Developed by executive chef Anthony Choi, the 200-person venue offers both dine-in and takeaway options, with dishes including wild mushroom bao, sweet and sour crispy pork hock with charred pineapple and tamarind and a selection of roast duck and Cantonese-style pork chopped to order.

Commune Group director Simon Blacher says Beijing Betty will draw inspiration from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, with subtle nods to Melbourne.”

“The Australian Open has so many diverse offerings, so we are looking to pay homage to Chinatown through a contemporary lens with an ‘80s-to-now’ representation of East meets West,” he says.

Rockpool and Nobu will also return to the Australian Open following their debut appearances in 2018.

Pop-up event AO Chef Series will return to The Glasshouse, with Alejandro Saravia presenting his paddock-to-plate concept Farmer’s Daughters. Completing the line-up is chefs Albert Roux and Simone Zanoni from Adelaide restaurant Africola.

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