A Cambodian street-style eatery is coming to the Tennyson Hotel, so fire-up the group chat and get ready for a total sensory overload. The disco ball may have been taken down from the drive-through bottle shop that was once Mr Liquor Dirty Italian Disco but fear not peeps because we’ve caught wind of something else to do ‘the disco finger’ over.
Mega hospitality powerhouse Merivale has teamed up with the crew behind Sydney’s fave Italian-Asian pasta joint (ACME) and they’ve come up with the Kingdom of Rice. The former drive-through bottle shop will be transformed into a street-style Cambodian eatery for six months with the bustling joint sporting Southeast Asia vibes, clad with mismatched furniture, big communal tables and open roller doors.
In other words, you’ll feel like you’re by the street side shop fronts in Phnom Penh, and we’re into it.
As for that self-serve bottle shop? It lives on at Kingdom of Rice, however it’s pivoting toward Cambodian and Asian beers, natural wines and Southeast Asian funky cocktails.
So in case you were wondering, yes, you will still be able to buy your own alcohol from the walk-in cooler. We told you you’d be wanting to get those disco moves out pronto.
Food-wise think flavours of kreung (a paste made with lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, garlic and chilli), prahok (crushed, salted and fermented fish paste), fresh herbs, lime and Kampot pepper. The kitchen will serve share-style seafood, meat and vegetables cooked over charcoal or tossed through a wok.
And the tunes? Let George Clinton, Hall & Oates and Prince blast those speakers, because these guys are always down for a good time, just like yours truly.
This ultra-groovy joint is rolling in October so you’re going to want to watch this space very closely. Jump over here for more deets.
Plus, you should probably hit up this secret speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase in Newtown.
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks