Luke Mangan has given MOJO a casual-luxe makeover
Perfect for a weekend brunch
Celebrity chef Luke Mangan has transformed his wine and tapas bar, MOJO on Danks Street in Waterloo into a casual neighborhood eatery you'll want to visit on the reg. "It's unpretentious, it's comfortable and it's a place where guests can swing by for a glass of wine and oysters, or the works," Mangan says of the revamped space that is set to open mid-February.
Luke's Kitchen has a modern Australian menu that offers a range of different eating options. Think moreish snacks, share-friendly plates and sides, with a daily specials list that ranges from whole fish to hearty roasts. As part of the opening selection, dishes will include Tasmanian ocean trout sashimi with nam jim and coconut yoghurt and barbecued West Australian marron with peach, celery and truffle honey. For drinks, the cocktail list has been curated by group mixologist Karl Higgins, and boasts a selection of top-shelf spirits, wines by the glass and bottles. "It's my type of food," Luke says. "We're focusing on beautiful products, with a bit of fragrant spice and delivered in a way that is clean and healthy."
At the helm of the kitchen will be 29-year-old chef Mathew Leighton, a Sydney-native who has worked at a number of Mangan's Asia-Pacific restaurants including glass brasserie, Salt tapas & bar, Salt grill & Sky bar, and Chicken Confidential.
The existing industrial interior of MOJO has been injected with a new energy and pop of colour, revamped using a contemporary earthy colour palette with blush pink accentuations, warm pendant lighting and retro touches including a beaded curtain and floral screen. For seating, there's a bar to perch on or spacious wooden tables to dine at with friends, but the best seat in the house has to be the new window-facing bench top, which looks directly onto Danks street - the perfect spot for a weekend brunch if you ask us.
In what can only be describes as a case of 'out with the old, in with the new,' Luke is undergoing a major rebrand of late. But fans of the former MOJO who are sad to see it go, will be pleased to know it's not the complete end for the wine bar, which is simply being relocated to a CBD located later this year. "MOJO has a big-city vibe that belongs in the CBD, while Luke's Kitchen is a true neighbourhood eatery. We wanted to introduce the flagship in our Waterloo home," Luke explained. The famed Australian restaurateur is calling Luke's Kitchen his flagship venue, with further expansion of the new brand expected in 2018.
Luke's Kitchen will open on Thursday, February 15 at 8 Danks St, Waterloo. For opening hours and bookings visit: lukeskitchen.com.au
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