Fred’s and Charlie Parker’s
380 Oxford St, Paddington
02 9240 3000
Chef Danielle Alvarez has partnered with cocktail connoisseurs Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall to create Fred’s and Charlie Parker’s, a restaurant and bar that honour the story behind ingredients and elevate produce using both old-world and innovative techniques.
The highly-anticipated Merivale venue combines the elements of a farm-to-table kitchen with neighbourhood bar to create a space that feels like home. This atmosphere is exactly the inspiration behind Fred’s name: familiar and humble. Although Charlie Parker’s name honours the famous jazz musician, it’s fair enough to say he’s a friend we’d love to have.
At the restaurant, there’s a strong focus on sustainability. Head Chef Danielle honed her cooking skills under the instruction of Alice Waters – owner of famous Californian restaurant Chez Panisse and mother of the farm-to-table food movement – and has brought this food philosophy to the 60-seater space.
Danielle has spent the last year assembling a team of like-minded chefs and carefully curating a list of local farmers – fruit, vegetable, dairy, poultry, fish and meat – who provide the bulk of Fred’s ethically produced and all-natural ingredients. These, in turn, influence the creation of the menu, as Danielle works to showcase the integrity of ingredients.
Expect dishes like handmade cavatelli with rabbit and peas, leg of lamb ‘a la ficelle’ with laver bread and rhubarb and beaumes de venise mille feuille. Fire also plays a big part at Fred’s kitchen. To add to the rustic approach, Alvarez and her team cook on free-standing Tuscan grills and custom-made hearths.
Below Fred’s is Charlie Parker’s. Here, the team is led by Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall, both old hands at the hospitality game. The cool basement bar serves cocktails inspired by botany and the kitchen’s ethically sourced ingredients. With an impressive wine by the glass list, the drinks menu has been designed to praise the food and highlight the seasonal qualities behind it.
Nothing at Fred’s and Charlie Parker’s is an accident. The building was originally a roadhouse in the 1850’s and some elements still resonate. Upstairs, the space feels like a French chateau-style farmhouse, with handmade crockery on the tables and art on the walls, an open kitchen and fireplace. In contrast, Charlie Parker’s soulful, gritty vibe adds to the basement bar atmosphere.
Fred and Charlie are soon to become your best buds. With menus that focus on the purity and integrity of ingredients, they’re sure to deliver flavour explosions with every bite.