Chef Ty Bellingham is behind a new Thai pop-up at Sydney fine diner Bathers’ Pavilion.

Betel Leaf will launch at the Balmoral restaurant from 23 July and take over the venue’s function space and part of the outdoor terrace.

Bellingham, of Sailors Thai and Kittichai New York fame, says he’s excited to re-join the Sydney food scene and offer a new experience to diners.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick-start this city’s passion for Thai food with its bold rich flavours than with Betel Leaf at the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion,” says Bellingham.

“As a chef, it has been vital to take some time out, develop some new dishes, and I know I am returning reinvigorated and ready to go.”

The menu spans classics including som dtam (green papaya salad), Chiang Mai duck relish on baby cos and miang kham (betel leaf bites).

Larger dishes include steamed Blue Eye in ginger and garlic broth, pork ribs with Thai whisky sauce, chicken and prawn red curry relish on crispy rice cakes.

Bathers’ Director Jessica Shirvington says the collaboration between the restaurant and Bellingham just made sense.

“Ty lives on the Northern Beaches, and we have stayed in touch … It was a no-brainer.” she says. “I love his food and his food-ethos … and I’m certainly not alone.”

Betel Leaf will open for lunch from 12pm Thursday to Sunday and for dinner from 5:30pm Wednesday to Saturday.

Image credits: Bathers’ Pavilion

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