After confirming the closure of No.1 Bent Street in April, Mike McEnearney has announced he will open Kitchen by Mike in its place.
The chef says it was a struggle to find the right replacement for the fine diner, but the return of the Rosebery canteen, which closed in 2015, was the perfect fit.
“Kitchen by Mike is 100 per cent suited to the needs of this part of town,” says McEnearney. “The CBD is crying out for a more casual yet wholesome place to eat, and I’m excited to bring Kitchen by Mike here. I couldn’t be happier.”
The venue will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and menus will evolve according to seasonality. A bacon butty and sourdough pancakes with lemon curd are on the breakfast menu along with avocado on toast with barley miso, toasted nori and coriander.
Guests will be able to select their lunch from a central countertop, with a range of salads, slow-cooked or wood-roasted proteins, tartines, pizza and pastries all available.
Table service will resume for dinner and the menu offers a range of small and large plates designed for sharing such as Thirlmere chicken with freekeh, golden raisin and tahini yoghurt.
On the beverage front, Five Senses coffee will be available alongside cold-pressed juices and a range of Australian beer and wine.
The CBD venue is slated to open on 1 May and is the second Kitchen by Mike outlet, with the first located in the international wing of Sydney Airport.