Acclaimed chef Josh Niland and his wife Julie will be taking on the lower North Shore in 2023 when the 60-seat Petermen restaurant opens its doors.
In line with Josh's noted commitment to championing Australian seafood, Petermen focuses on the growers and producers that seek to elevate the standard, and change the culture of how we consume food.
The St Leonards spot will be open for dinner during the week, then Saturday lunch, and—maybe most new and exciting for the Nilands—there'll be a Sunday brunch offering too.
At dinner and lunch, there are raw options (like line caught bonito and "its bone soy"), a preserved section of cured delights (like Port Lincoln Berrima octopus and espelette pepper), a menu of charcoal grill items, and grand mains designed to share, like a yellowfin tuna Chateaubriand for four with sides like shoestring fries and garlic Warrigal greens.
Meanwhile, the all-new brunch offering will re-introduce some cult favourites, like a sea urchin crumpet, a spanner crab croissant, and Manjimup marron scrambled eggs. New brunch items include smoked Murray cod bacon and maple pancakes (yum).
Perfect for a casual snack or a long and leisurely catch up and feast with friends, Petermen is a welcome expansion of the small but thrilling Niland empire.
Petermen is the Nilands' fifth establishment, with the previously announced Saint Peter Hotel scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2023 joining Saint Peter, Fish Butchery and Charcoal Fish. Sensing a theme? The name is a nod to 1400s slang, when fishermen were known as Petermen after their patron saint, Peter.
Petermen is slated to open on Thursday 23 February, 2023.
Image credit: Petermen