Darling Square's Exchange Building Will Soon Be Home to Five New Eateries from Top Sydney Chefs

Including Andy Bowdy's Saga and a Japanese pasta joint by the Ume crew.
Jasmine Crittenden
October 31, 2018

Back in December 2017, plans were revealed for The Exchange: a whizzbang, six-storey building slated for Darling Square. At the time, we knew the heart of the construction, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, would be a high-tech City of Sydney library. Then, in early September this year, we found out that late-night Chinatown institution Golden Century would be moving in. What we didn't know, till now, was that the building would also house a revolutionary food hall, featuring culinary creations and collaborations by some of Sydney's most popular chefs.

Announced just this morning, the epic collection of eateries – called Maker's Dozen – will take over The Exchange's ground floor from mid-2019. One of its major attractions will be Pasta Wafu, a Japanese pasta shop created by Hamish Ingham and Rebecca Lines of Banksii and Kerby Craig of Ume. Look out, too, for Enmore's Saga, loaded with Andy Bowdy's scrumptious pastries, cakes and desserts; craft beer specialists Bucket Boys, who'll be opening a bar and a bottle shop; famed bakery Sonoma; and fusers of Japanese and Vietnamese goodness Mr. Bao Buns. These are just the first part of the lineup — further revelations will be coming soon.

Maker's Dozen will open from dawn till late seven days a week, making sure there's always somewhere to go for brekkie, lunch, dinner, dessert or drinks. Anthony Gill Architects is taking care of the design, with a Japanese-inspired mix of natural materials, relaxing colours and tidy lines. There'll be seating for 400, giving you a choice of indoor and outdoor communal tables, as well as eatery-specific tables.

Maker's Dozen is slated to open in Darling Square's The Exchange in mid-2019. We'll update you as soon as further announcements are made.

Saga image by Nikki To.

Published on October 31, 2018 by Jasmine Crittenden
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