Jude Cohen

After 40-plus years operating Cafe Perons in Sydney, the Kelly family decided it was time for a fresh start.

The Double Bay site is now home to Bartiga, a venue championing South East Asian flavours from Head Chef Faheem Noor’s Malaysian background teamed with local ingredients.

“Double Bay has had its ups and downs, but the current atmosphere is the most exciting it’s ever been,” says Co-Owner Charlie Kelly.

The venue has undergone a refresh courtesy of Andretti Fung, and is open Sunday to Thursday for lunch and dinner.

Launch dishes include a butter-poached bug roll with red curry pesto; prawn tom yum spaghettini, and a MB4 Scotch steak with chimichurri and crispy onions.

Bartender and Casa Luna Owner Vincent Valliere has put together the cocktail list, with former Franca Sommelier Alex Cameron curating an 80-option wine list spanning old world drops as well as wines from new producers.

In addition to lunch and dinner service, Bartiga Express is open from 7am until midday, serving takeaway options and coffee from Ona.