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Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery

Uncle sent me a link last week, saying ‘we should go here!’ He found a tweet from Pat Nourse, who mentioned a new opening on the weekend just down the road from where he lived. A warehouse-y café / dining place and found the video which he sent to me.

Unfortunately Uncle didn’t wait for me, his excuse was that he got up at 5am because Boo (his adorable son) was up and they were hungry by 8am, so they headed to Kitchen by Mike. Here’s what he had to say about the place “so bright and early on a Sunday morning, the 3 of us roll down the main road and find ourselves at 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery! These days, the places we eat at are always with the consideration of whether it will accommodate Boo’s bug. Thankfully, the clever people at this place have thought that through – they had a ramp! Perfect. We later find a more direct entry point on the side! Joy!

First impressions on entry! My word! So spacious, great light, so airy. So pretty! Lala wanders straight to the area where small goods are for sale. At 8am, we had the choice of seats. Like Goldilocks searching for the best bed, we were somewhat spoilt with choice. I wanted good light and a view of the pass.

Fast forward to the food. The concept is simple. Specials are written on the ‘board’. And the day’s offering is presented on a concrete pass. Very cool. You tell the person what you want and food is prepared and brought out.

So, the humans with teeth (sorry, Boo) order the day’s brekkie special: sourdough pancakes with lemon curd

a bacon butt (Iggy’s bread roll with bacon),

house baked bread with butter and jam

and of course coffee. Soy lovers: at Mike’s place, they serve Bonsoy. Oh yeah!

I received an SMS from Uncle, apologising that he couldn’t wait and after looking at his photos on Istragram, I knew I had to check it out. So that same day at lunch, I dragged ‘The Mother’ to Roseberry for a drive and some yummy food.

First reaction was exactly the same as Uncle’s. It was SOOOOOOO spacious and so bright and I loved the warehouse feel, ‘Very New York’ says ‘The Mother’.

There were no menu insight, on the long counter, food was placed before us. The lady at the counter said, you pick whatever you want and then pay at the register. ‘The Mother’ said ‘oh it’s like subway’ – you really can’t take him anyway! Embarrassed, I walked away and found a chair whilst I admire the open space.

Different types of salads are available at $3.50 a scoop and it’s a ‘decent’ scoop, and choice of sandwiches, pizza and they had a lamb roast of the day. Menu changes daily, it’s whatever the chef feels like cooking and everything, I mean EVERYTHING is FRESH!

I couldn’t resist the pork belly sandwich with mango chutney. Fresh bread, delicious tender pork and the mango chutney really gave it a nice touch! I asked ‘the mother’ if he wanted a bite, his reply ‘I wouldn’t get in the way of you and pork belly’ – if that’s not true love I don’t know what is! So I sat there, happily eating my pork belly sandwich!

‘The Mother’ wasn’t overly too hungry, so he ordered some salad – a scoop of the couscous with squash salad and rocket, pear and walnut salad. The ingredients were incredibly fresh, and it was tasty.

I couldn’t go past dessert, plum tart, the pastry was light, crunchy which gave it a nice crunch and the plum sour and sweet at the same time! It was definitely one of the nicest tarts I have had.

The pizzas looked fantastic too but I was way too full and couldn’t fit anything else. Definitely an excuse to come back and try their other dishes.

The man behind Kitchen by Mike is Mike McEnarney, formerly head chef at Rockpool and more recently, Mike’s Table, a pop-up dinner. The head chef at Kitchen by Mike is Jeffrey De Rome, who is also ex-Rockpool.

George who is manager and previously worked at Neil Perry’s restaurant had a chat with Uncle. He explains that it’s all about the freshness and trying to minimize the impact of landfills. Bottles are recycled, straws are made of paper. There’s also a full time horticulturalist – whose task is to ensure seedlings grown on an internal vertical garden are transplanted outdoors when ready! He was also told of bees that will live onsite to help with cultivating the citrus produce.

Koskela is also on the same premises, like Uncle and Lala, ‘The Mother’ and I had a stroll around, and loved all the home furnishing, hand crafts and books! Definitely worth checking out.

The kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. There are plans to open for dinner every couple of nights each month in keeping with Mike’s pop-up dinners.

Definitely worth a visit, I really do like the open space, the ambiance, the food and of course the passion and the concept. Not to mention the location! Very spacious and ‘The Mother’ who isn’t usually too fussed about food is coming back here again on the weekend with his mates!

Like Uncle, I really couldn’t wait to check out this place – it’s definitely been a while since we were both excited about something! Food wise that is!

PS: photos unmarked is of course by my favourite Uncle! Thanks Uncle!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Kitchen by Mike

85 Dunning Avenue

Rosebery 2018

Ph: +61 2 9045 0910

Twitter: Kitchenbymike

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  1. February 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    The pork belly sandwich looks great! Is the piece of pork bigger than the bun? It looks it! 🙂

    • February 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

      the piece of pork was DEFINITELY bigger than the bun itself… very tasty indeedy!

  2. Kevin
    February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

    No rating? 🙂

  3. February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’ll be popping by this cracker of a find over the weekend. It looks soooo goood. Yay, a new local!

  4. February 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I was excited by the sourdough pancakes and then I saw the pork belly sandwich. zomg yum! Will have to head over asap!

    • February 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

      the pork belly sandwich was really really good! wished i bought one extra for home!

  5. Michelle
    March 10, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Just returned from a stroll at 3pm Sat .Asked for a menu, some very pretentious cook/waiter told me no menus available look on twitter or facebook.. I have no interest in scouring the net to read a menu and my pockets are not full of money
    Will not revisit

    • March 10, 2012 at 6:05 am

      aw… thats a shame, we really liked Kitchen By Mike! its a shame they were really rude – just not necessary really.

  1. March 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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