This reincarnation of Kitchen by Mike is operating out a large modern space on Bent St, at the Circular Quay end of the city. Kitchen by Mike is part of the movement cooking on wood fired open flame, which seems to be popular in Sydney at the moment.
Former Rockpool chef Mike McEnearney heads the kitchen here after closing No.1 Bent street earlier this year. Kitchen by Mike is a casual eatery with a breakfast and lunch canteen and table service dinner. The food is rustic but refined. They have a sustainable focus using locally sourced ingredients and whole foods. The restaurant also has a good drinks menu to boot, featuring products from all Australian distillers, breweries and wineries.
We were pondering about where to go, and found this with a 50% food deal via first table. It does involve a $10 booking fee, but great value all the same and a good way to explore new restaurants. The discount is limited to the a la carte food menu.
The service is efficient and the portions are decent, despite the waitress advising they are only small sharing plates. The food is very well prepared. The scallops were unanimously the favourite dish of the evening and come highly recommended.
The vanella stracciatella, served with asparagus and spring peas (V, GF) is a nice light dish with fresh flavours and stood out in contrast to the richly flavoured wood fired cooking.
Soufflé is appearing an ever popular menu item at many restaurants we have visited of late. This twice cooked cheese soufflé was very good and our tastebuds thanked us, but maybe not the waistline.
There is plenty of seafood on the menu, and the Grilled Southern calamari, served on a skewer with nduja (spicy cured meat) ink dressing and guanciale was nicely charred and very well prepared, rich and packed with flavours, so much so it even paired well with the red wine.
We also enjoyed the wood roasted whole Eugowra quail with crispy skin and succulent juicy meat which was braised with quince.
The pan fried blue eyed Trevalla with mussel & saffron broth and aioli toast was a good dish. The broth was beautiful and the fish tasted lovely despite it being a little over cooked. Though, this is understandable given the method of cooking.
We enjoyed our dining experience here. Well worth a visit, especially when utilising some discount deals.
Kitchen by Mike
1 Bent Street Sydney NSW 2000
02 9252 5550
Mon to Fri 7am–11.30am, 12pm–3pm, 5.30pm–late