Three Michelin-Starred English Restaurant L'Enclume Is Coming to Australia for a Sydney Residency
Balmoral Beach's Bathers' Pavilion will host British chef Simon Rogan's acclaimed eatery for a five-week stint this winter — and it's the first time the restaurant is venturing away from its Northern England home.
January 31, 2023
Visit Balmoral Beach in 2023 and you'll be splashing around in one of the nation's top beaches for this year, no matter when you head by. Make a date with the Sydney patch of sand this winter, however — and with Balmoral Beach's Bathers' Pavilion, to be specific — and you'll also be able to enjoy a meal from a three Michelin-starred English restaurant, with Simon Rogan's L'Enclume making the trip Down Under for the first time ever.
For five weeks between Wednesday, July 19–Sunday, August 20, in what marks L'Enclume's debut venture away from its Northern England home, it'll set up shop at Bathers' Pavilion for a residency. British chef and restaurateur Rogan, who is known for his farm-to-table focus, will bring a number of the restaurant's famed dishes our way. In fact, he'll transport a version of the L'Enclume experience beachside from its base in the village of Cartmel in The Lake District in Cumbria, where it resides in a former 13th-century blacksmith workshop.
L'Enclume will still operate as usual in the UK during its Sydney residency, too, giving the world two L'Enclumes running at the same time.
If you're new to L'Enclume, and to Rogan, both favour the idea of the perfect ingredient. So, in each small and meticulously constructed bite served up, that concept comes to the fore. Across an eight-course menu, plus snacks and petit fours, patrons can expect L'Enclume's favourites — but adapted to use ingredients from New South Wales and Australian producers. The residency is committed to having a traceable menu, and Rogan is already contacting locals, seeking folks who can grow supplies specifically for his time at Balmoral Beach.
And yes, Rogan himself will overseeing the Bathers' Pavilion stay, leading the kitchen for every single service. Oli Marlow, Executive Chef of Roganic and Aulis London and Hong Kong, and Sam Ward, Managing Director of Simon Rogan restaurants around the globe, will join him, plus a team from the UK that'll feature up to eight chefs, four front of house staff and a sommelier.
Only welcoming in a maximum of 80 attendees per sitting, the intimate residency will also bring over L'Enclume style of service, and have diners eating off of a version of its preferred crockery that'll be handmade in Australia.
To help wash down Rogan's precisely fashioned dishes, Rogan's sommeliers are crafting a sizeable wine list, complete with wine pairings to match the food. And, there'll also be a cellar list, with folks with cash to splash on budget-breaking vino able to pre-arrange rare vintages and bottles before their bookings.
Setting guests back $420 each for eight courses plus snacks and petit fours, and either $190, $290 or $750 per person for wine pairings on top (or $70 for non-alcoholic sips), this clearly isn't the kind of culinary experience that Aussies get every day — and it's also one that's worth travelling for. If you don't normally call Sydney home, you'll only need to book a jaunt to the Harbour City, rather than the other side of the world.
Announcing the residency, Rogan said that "winning three Michelin stars at L'Enclume is a culmination of 20 years of work and evolution by a group of dedicated chefs and front of house specialists". L'Enclume notched up that feat in 2022, when it also hit that 20th anniversary.
"The Sydney residency marks a big milestone for us as we enter our third decade and our boundary-pushing team could not be more excited to share our strong sustainability ethos and serve up some of our favourite L'Enclume dishes using the outstanding local ingredients unique to New South Wales and Australia," Rogan continued.
"For me, it's all about layers and complexity of flavour, creative produce sourced with a sustainable ethos, and warm and knowledgeable service. It's not just the restaurant which makes the L'Enclume experience, it's the surroundings too, and even though the setting at Bathers' Pavilion on Balmoral Beach couldn't be more different to Cartmel, it feels so similar in its sense of beauty and uniqueness."
Find L'Enclume at Bathers' Pavilion, 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach, Mosman from Wednesday, July 19–Sunday, August 20 — open for lunch Tuesday–Sunday and dinner Tuesday–Saturday. Head to the Bathers' Pavilion website for bookings from Tuesday, February 14, or sign up to the Bathers' Pavilion newsletter for updates.
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