Melbourne’s most trusted online city guiders broke free from the screen and didn’t disappoint.
For their latest offline concept Broadsheet Media were sure to use their clout generously.
They conducted a nationwide search for an up-and-coming chef who they then asked to take over Scott Pickett’s Saint Crispin for three months. The lucky kitchen maverick ended up being Ryan Dolan (formerly of Ramblr) who won out with a focus on casual French dining.
He put together an imaginative, resourceful and accessible menu, which encouraged diners to try something new (think hanger steak, Moreton Bay bug tail in smoked bisque butter for an entree and pork neck and butter beans for mains).
At the launch, guests enjoyed compressed baby cucumbers topped with goat’s curd and nigella seeds, cheese gougère, kingfish with apricot and lemon verbena.
The event, of course, attracted Melbourne’s culinary elite including Andrew McConnell, Karen Martini, Shane Delia, Michael Klim, Alice Zaslavsky, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Ostro), Diana Chan, Khanh Ong, and Tamara Graffen. Key media players Anna Webster (Good Food, Broadsheet, Gourmet Traveller), Sofia Levin (Good Food, Lonely Planet), Sally Tabart (Design Files) and Michael Harry (Executive Style) were in attendance too.
There’s a new resident chef every three months, so keep your eyes peeled and mouths watered for what’s in store.
Images by Arianna Leggerio