Chippendale has been revived into a vibrant dining precinct, thanks to bunch of new restaurants and cafes that have popped up in the past year. Kensington Street Social, housed within The Old Clare Hotel, is the first Sydney restaurant of renowned British chef, Jason Atherton.
The restaurant itself, is the heritage-listed Carlton & United Brewery administration building, which gives the space an industrial feel.
On the drinks front, there's some fun cocktails and a decent selection of wines.
Hipster breakfast cocktail
I can't go past the hilariously named hipster breakfast. The cocktail is made with banana bread infused Pampero rum, cold drip coffee, salted butter, and Fernet Branca; and comes out looking like cup of coffee, with a little sign saying 'This drink is very obscure, You probably won't have heard about it yet...".
The cereal killer cocktail contains Ketel One vodka, fruit looped milk, apricot, Aperol, “Milk Carton”, candy stripe. I love the milk carton glass to pieces, but the actual cocktail itself was way too sweet and medicinal tasting for me.
Garden pea salad
I love the crunch and texture in the garden pea salad; a fresh mixture of snow peas, sugar snaps, and pea tendrils.
Tongue n' cheek croquettes with piccalilli
Sea urchin rice, Moreton bug tail, sea blight and bisque
Pulled lamb sourdough flatbread
Holy moly, the flatbread was incredible. Like a pizza, it was topped with pulled lamb, basil pesto, baby zucchini, Jersey milk ricotta and parmesan. Definitely the highlight of the meal.
The menu is designed for sharing, with most dishes on the smaller side - perfect for trying out a variety of different dishes.
Buffalo ricotta, lemon thyme peaches, honeycomb
East Rydge Grove arbequina olive oil cake, coconut sorbet, spiced mango, passionfruit ice
I was super impressed with both the dessert choices - both fruity, light yet flavoursome and overly sweet. The buffalo ricotta dessert came with a thin layer web of honeycomb, which added a nice crunch to the dish.
I'd definitely love to re-visit and try out more of the dishes. I'm also glad that those delicious flatbreads are also available on the menu at The Old Clare hotel bar - I can imagine knocking down one of those with a glass or two of vino would be pretty fab.