Level 1, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
02 9212 0900
When a venue is described as a fusion of American and Japanese flavours in a modern Australian setting with a German-Chinese chef at the helm, there is understandably a lot of room for confusion.
Nevertheless, Eastside Grill’s upmarket grill concept is safely stamped with experience and quality, making it an asset to its busy Chippendale setting. Teaming up in the kitchen is internationally acclaimed Executive Chef, Stanley Wong, and Head Chef, Angie Ford. Hoping to inject a slice of New York into the blossoming Chippendale culinary scene, they have created an experience sure to intrigue both your mind and your mouth.
Together Stanley and Angie have crafted a menu that will take your taste buds on a trip to New York’s Meatpacking district, with small glimpses of Japan on the horizon. The smokeless, flameless talents of the Binchotan grill power much of what comes out of the kitchen, offering a Japanese twist to classic American dishes, made with quality, seasonal produce. Picture plates of bourbon-brined Kurobuta pork chop with smoked apple and fig chutney, accompanied by a selection of mouth-watering sides, including truffled mac and cheese, hand-cut duck-fat fries dusted with seaweed, or blistered shishito peppers with yuzu essence.
To top off Eastside Grill’s thrilling food adventure, a classic, American-style selection of hefty sweet treats will flirt with you from the dessert menu. Offerings such as the super-sized, house-made New York-style cheesecake, Mile-High chocolate cake and the chef’s selection of house-made sorbets and gelatos are sure to catch your eye from afar. Finally, to help wash down this colossal feast, the drinks menu offers a selection of both local and international wines, classic cocktails, boutique whiskeys and sake.
Keeping on trend with the New York theme, the venue looks to celebrate the trendy modern buildings of the Meatpacking district. Like many recycled factories in NYC, Eastside Grill is housed in a venue with a distinctly industrial past, visible in the design that Chris Wilks of Giant Designs has brought to life. Making a statement of so many original features, the Eastside Grill sits snuggled inside the Old Rum Store’s original exposed brick walls and arched windows. The room is topped off with furnishings you would find in any classic American steakhouse; think dark timbers, leather upholstery and bronze panelling. However, the key feature of the dining room is the ten-metre wall mural, crafted by Belgian graffiti artist Caratoes.
Thanks to the addition of Eastside Grill, there really is no longer any excuse to ignore Chippendale’s snazzy little food scene. While it is impossible to be the first to the party, it is best to make sure you aren’t the last, so do yourself a favour and hit up Eastside Grill. Before you know it, Stanley and Angie’s American-Aussie-Japanese-German style will become the norm and you’ll be left wondering how and when.