Kensington Street has dedicated itself to bringing the world's best food to Chippendale's newly paved laneways. The mission began with Spice Alley and Automata, and now continues with the introduction of The Private Kitchen. A bespoke pop-up housed on the third level of the Old Rum Store, the restaurant will play host to a rotating cast of the world's top chefs.
First up is the multi-Michelin-starred Stanley Wong. He'll set up in the revamped industrial surrounds of the recently renovated Carlton United brewery and dish out a menu that encompasses kingfish sashimi, cornish hen, New York striploin and blistered shishito peppers. Wong's time working in France, America and Hong Kong is abundantly clear in the menu — it seems to traverse the entire globe in a single meal.
Wong currently resides in Hong Kong where he runs his own kitchen studio Culinart. Similar to The Private Kitchen, it caters only for private group bookings and offers up a menu of food from around the globe with a slight Asian influence.
The Old Rum Store is a four-levelled event space currently home to traditional French joint Bistrot Gavroche. Early next year it will house the restaurant Stanley Wong will launch when his Private Kitchen residency ends. Eastside Grill will be his first Australian restaurant and will focus on American grill — still maintaining that Asian influence however, by cooking with Japanese Binchotan charcoals.
Bookings are already open for Stanley Wong's time at The Private Kitchen, which will open from December this year until February 2017. After that, a new culinary genius will take over the reins. The full program of chefs is to be released early next year.