Update: Kensington Street Social opens today! Read why it's worth the hype below.
London has the Duck & Waffle and New York has Lafayette, but Sydney has been somewhat starved of a luxe brunch option - yes, there are myriad destinations to get your poached eggs and avo with a cold-pressed juice, but what about those times when only an 11am Bellini will do?
Enter Kensington Street Social - the latest, and largest, restaurant to open at The Old Clare Hotel's boutique Chippendale digs. It's headed up by British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton - the guy behind Pollen Street Social in Mayfair and City Social (both of which were awarded Michelin stars just six months after opening), the famed Berners Tavern in Soho and the more recent Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone.
Atherton's Sydney offering, Kensington Street Social (we're sensing a trend here), will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with an all-day brunch on Sundays. The food sounds out of this world - from the English Breakfast tea and toast, consisting of wild mushroom tea served in a teapot with relish and bone marrow on toast (so British!) to the smoked flathead omelette and Mediterranean-influenced share plates.
The cocktails sound so good we'd consider having them for breakfast - hear us out here - we're most intrigued by the Fruit Looped Cereal Killer concoction of vodka, Fruit Loop milk, apricot and Aperol served in a milk carton. We'll have to wait until January 13 when the venue opens its doors - expect a serious brunch time rush.