Dan Hong, lover of sneakers and maker of some of Sydney’s tastiest dishes, is due to host a pop-up to hero the greatness that was Lotus.
If you’re unfamiliar, Lotus was the Potts Point institution where Hong (Mr Wong, Ms G’s) got his start. It’s the spot where he held his first tenure as head chef and where we got the first true taste of his culinary creativity: that hot fudge sundae with honeycomb and a cheeseburger that pretty much kicked off our city’s undying love of American-style burgers (the cheddar, the ketchup, the caramelised onion, the chargrilled bacon, the Japanese mayo).
The pop-up, called Lotus 2.0 and due to open in September, will be hosted at the site where Lotus first opened its doors back in 2002. It’ll also signal the closing of The Fish Shop, which has lived at that same spot on Challis Avenue for the past seven years helmed by the late great Jeremy Strode. It’s a spot that’s bursting with history—being the first building in the Merivale hospitality arsenal, bought by the family way back in 1988.
As for what this pop-up will look like, the sundae and cheeseburger are set to make a big appearance. There’ll also be his signature tuna with hot wasabi, and a host of new Hong-style dishes: fuss-free, packed with flavour and damn tasty.
Lotus 2.0 will be here for a good time, not a long time—so mark your diaries, this is a slice of local food history you don’t want to miss.
What: Lotus 2.0 Pop Up
Where: 22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point
When: September 2019, TBC
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