About halfway along the main street of Newcastle’s bustling city centre lies a relaxed and contemporary venue that’s bringing the best of fine dining to everyone’s table. Subo takes the technique, finesse and quality of five-star kitchens and makes it accessible, plating up exquisite dishes in a laidback setting.
Owners Beau and Suzie Vincent moved from Melbourne to Newcastle in 2010. When they couldn’t find suitable work in town, they took matters into their own hands and used their savings to build their own restaurant. The result was Subo, and the couple hasn’t looked back since.
With extensive experience, the pair were perfectly placed to go out on their own. Beau completed his apprenticeship at renowned Sydney restaurant Tetsuya’s, before spending a number of years as part of the team at Guillaume at Bennelong. He was also Head Chef at Melbourne’s Bistro Guillaume, where he earned a chef’s hat for the restaurant in his first year.
Suzie began her career at Guillaume at Bennelong and after completing her apprenticeship at the renowned Claude’s in Sydney, went onto work at a number of hospitality venues in both cooking and front-of-house roles, experiences that she draws on at Subo.
The fare at Subo shows both French and Asian influences in the colourful and artfully plated dishes, which cleverly combine different tastes, textures and aromas. They are presented as a five-course set menu, which changes eight times a year based on the seasons.
During the colder months, you might find dishes such as Snowy Mountains hot smoked rainbow trout with camomile, white soy and nasturtium, followed by Byron Bay Berkshire pork cheek with tamarind, black olive and endive. The warmer months welcome fresh seafood such as sashimi of Narooma snapper with smoked oyster cream, white fungus and tarragon, and steamed Arnhem Land Barramundi with dashi, braised daikon and puffed barley.
The quality of the food is more than matched by the drops appearing on the considered wine list. Australian wines from some of the best regions in the country dominate the list, and international inclusions from New Zealand and France fill in the gaps. Coffee is available care of a local roaster, Remedy Coffee Company.
Subo is a simple, yet elegant dining experience for all. Whether you’re an avid fine diner, a keen foodie or a novice, you’ll find enjoyment in each and every bite.
The first step? Finding the masterpiece front door. Made from a jumble of hardwood timber, it can easily be mistaken for a wall – until you realise there is a something special behind it. Pull it open, and the real magic will begin