Heavy-hitting chefs, top musicians and buzzy bars are uniting to host Sydney’s Open For Lunch, a one-day event taking over streets, laneways, plazas and venues in Sydney’s CBD and its outskirts, and Parramatta.
From a leisurely long lunches by genius talent from Ruse Bar & Brasserie, Lilymu or Cicciabella, to Kylie Kwong cooking noodles at an open-air disco, there’s plenty to do come Friday 3 December.
Here’s a quick guide to where to dine.
Kylie Kwong’s hokkien noodles at South Eveleigh’s Alfresco Disco
Kwong is the ambassador of an all-day, open-air disco in the heart of Sydney’s former industrial heartland – and she’ll also be plying partygoers with her spectacular Cantonese-Australian food. Your $30 ticket not only includes entry to the event, but also a plate of food by Kwong’s eatery Lucky Kwong, and a cocktail by the equally impressive Matt Whiley, the owner of zero-waste bar Re–. We’ll be opting for a plate of Kwong’s sublime hokkien noodles, which sees raw hiramasa kingfish meet sticky pork. The chef’s enthusiasm for the local community is demonstrated in the native herbs that dress the noodles: they’re grown right on-site, in South Eveleigh’s Indigenous rooftop garden.
South Eveleigh’s Alfresco Disco runs from 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10pm. Get tickets.
Prince of York Long Lunch at Barrack Street
YCK Laneways (the congregation of bars around York, Clarence and Kent streets) are also getting in on the action, with a series of in-venue pop-ups and parties on the day. Our pick? A white-linen Japanese-inspired lunch hosted by fun-loving bar and restaurant Prince of York, on Barrack Street. The traffic-free thoroughfare will become a diner for 125 people over two sittings, with guests feasting on 10 courses, plus a cocktail on arrival and matching drinks. Don’t sleep on the salmon and trout sashimi with yuzu kosho (aromatic chilli pasta) or a heavily marbled serve of Wagyu with zesty wasabi.
Prince of York’s Long Lunch runs at 12pm and 3pm. Get tickets.
Cicciabella’s set menu at the Long Table Lunch at Parramatta Square
As diners on George Street are settling in for lunch, 400 punters will simultaneously pull up a pew for a long-table lunch at the sparkling new Parramatta Square precinct. Choose a three-course menu from either Ruse Bar & Brasserie, Lilymu or Cicciabella. And with indefatigable restaurateur Maurice Terzini at the helm of Cicciabella, that’s where we’re putting our money. The Italian trattoria will kick off with a zesty mandarin spritz, followed up by antipasti to start and a main of lamb leg stuffed with olives, herbs and pine nuts. Sign us up.
From 12pm. Get tickets.
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