One of the biggest pieces of hospo’ news to come out of 2016, was that Neil Perry had joined forces with Urban Purveyor Group to create Rockpool Dining Group. Now with a legendary chef at its helm some of Rockpool Dining’s venues are getting a Neil Perry twist. 

Sake Jr’s menus have introduced new menus create by Neil, bringing the latest food trends from Tokyo and sustainable and ethically sourced local produce to diners in Melbourne and Sydney.

Drawing on Neil’s commitment to sustainability by working with Australia’s finest natural producers, the new menu will showcase Bangalow pork, pasture-raised Tasmanian beef, MSC-certified tuna, and Tasmanian ocean trout, bringing a rare ethical focus to the fast-casual space. Even Sake Jr’s packaging is having a sustainable upgrade with biodegradable packaging made from sugarcane pulp.

Sake Jr’s popular build-your-own bowls will still be there, however they will now sit alongside nutritious grab and go options including poke and protein salads. There are plenty of options, from mirin-dressed pork with spring onions and cabbage to raw tuna poke with rice and green beans.

As the sun starts to set (or even a little bit earlier), Sake Jr transforms to Jr by Night, where the menu takes inspiration from Tokyo’s vibrant street food scene. Think Japanese fried chicken with chilli oil, gochujang or sesame yuzu; bao buns stuffed with flavoursome tofu, chicken or pork; and abura soup-less oil noodles with soy and kombu and your choice of meats with an onsen egg to finish.

House-brewed iced teas complement the exciting new menu additions, featuring refreshing flavour combinations such as passionfruit green tea, and lemon and ginger. In the evenings, beers are provided by Urban Craft Brewing Co.

“As with all our endeavours, we are community and sustainability minded,” Neil said “Our ethos is simple: source responsibly, act respectfully, cook beautifully, live well.

“Of course on top of that, I’m a great advocate of eating adventurously, which is why I’ve introduced some cult dishes and vibrant flavours to the menu across the food and drinks spectrum.”

The new menu, which builds on the successful integration of Neil’s new dishes at Saké Jr St Collins Lane in Melbourne, is already available at Saké Jr Grosvenor Place in Sydney. The new lunch items come to Saké Jr Westfield Sydney on Monday, 20 February (Jr by Night is not available at Westfield). It will be introduced at Melbourne’s Bourke Street on Monday, 27 February.

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