Billy Kwong has competition - new Darlinghurst restaurant and bar Lazy Suzie has entered the Asian-food-made-with-Aussie--native-ingredients fray. But where Billy Kwong does contemporary Chinese (if you live in Sydney and haven't tried the salt bush cakes or warrigal greens dumplings, well, we're judging you right now), Lazy Susie is tackling Malaysian street eats.
What does that look like on the plate? Think Hainan-style silken tofu served with Australian succulents, Lam Mee birthday noodles and the violet-hued ABC shaved blue-pea flower ice with bubur cha cha and taro ice-cream (pictured below). The chef spent a month eating and drinking in Malaysia's Penang last year for 'research' (tough gig), returning home to create his own dishes based on hawker-style street food.
The drinks are equally Malaysian-inspired, using ingredients like pandan, jasmine and lemongrass - take the Rama-Rama Spritz of gin, blue-pea flower, jasmine, citrus, dandelion and bitters or the Teh Tarik (whiskey, rosemary, green tea, nashi pear and teapot bitters).
Lazy Suzie is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and brunch on weekends only. The brunch offering includes those Devon Café pastries you know and love, plus specialties like the Lazy Suzie Scotch egg, roti B.E.L.T and buttermilk pancakes with banana and roasted coconut ice-cream.
Lazy Suzie, 78 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW.