Enmore's residents aren't exactly stuck for choice when it comes to cool hole-in-the-wall bars and casual dining options, but that doesn't mean they won't welcome the arrival of one of Sydney's dim sum connoisseurs - Eric Koh of Mr. Wong into their 'burb. Teamed with Papi Chulo's Christopher Hogarth and Patrick Friesen, the trio are heading up the kitchen at the recently unveiled Queen Chow, a paean to Cantonese-style street food. Located inside Merivale's newest overhaul, the Queens Hotel, Queen Chow packs the sucker-punch flavours of Hong Kong's dai pai dongs (food stalls).
"The dai pai dongs are where everyday people go to eat - it's not tricked up food, it's just delicious," explains Christopher Hogarth. With a menu inspired by the streets and bolstered by fresh seafood produce such as South Australian pippies and crab (deep fried, as one would hope), Queen Chow's offering is complemented by dim sums from dumpling master Eric Koh, an alum of Mr. Wong, Work in Progress and Michelin-starred London restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha.
Of course, being a Merivale venue, the two-level hotel is also home to The Smelly Goat - a contemporary cocktail bar specialising in left-of-centre concoctions such as capsicum, chilli, gin and ginger (Evergreen) and Crunchy Nut milk, white rum and cardamom (Moloko Plus). While the cocktail menu is nothing short of experimental, something tells us Enmore's most adventurous will be game enough to give them a go...
The Queens Hotel is open Monday-Sunday, with bar, lunch, dinner and late night menus available. 167 Enmore Road, Enmore, merivale.com/queenshotel