Sydney might have its fair share of hats, but what we don't have are stars. And while our homegrown restaurant scene is spectacular in its own right, we're set to get a taste of European finery when three-Michelin Starred restaurant L'Enclume hits our shores later this year.
L'Enclume is headed up by British chef, restaurateur, and farm-to-table trailblazer, Simon Rogan. The restaurant is Rogan's flagship, housed within a historic 13th-century blacksmith workshop in the village of Cartmel in Northern England. Here, the chef has wielded culinary magic around all things sustainable and regenerative—scoring the three-star gong in February last year to mark its 20-year anniversary.
As for where and when Sydney will get a taste of L'Enclume, Rogan will set up a residency at Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral Beach for five weeks from July to August this year. He'll be heading up the kitchen each night, working closely with NSW and Australian producers and growers to deliver the same Michelin experience you'd typically have to hop on a plane for.
If you're lucky enough to score a seat, you'll be treated to eight courses plus snacks and petit fours. The full L'Enclume expeirence will be travelling with Rogan too, with key front-of-house and management staff making the journey, and crockery and menus being recreated in Australia especially for the residency. L'Enclume sommeliers are also on the job, crafting expert pairings for the one-off Aussie menu.
“Produce is our driving force and Australia has some of the best in the world," Rogan said in a statement. "We are looking forward to experimenting with ingredients we haven’t had the opportunity to work with before and cooking them simply to highlight their natural taste, texture, and fragrance and extract maximum flavour and interest.”
Bookings for this super special event will open on Valentine's Day, Tuesday 14 February at 10am (a perfect luxe gift for your nearest and dearest foodie, if you ask us).
What: L'Enclume at Bathers’ Pavilion
When: Wednesday 19 July – Sunday 20 August, 2023. Lunch will be available Tuesday through Sunday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday
Where: Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral Beach
Price: $420 per person, matched wines starting at $190 per person
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Image credit: L'Enclume