You would think that with one Michelin star under their belt, the team from The Kitchen at Bacchanalia would be happy to sit back and enjoy the accolades, but in fact they’re always striving to take the restaurant to the next level. When Chef Ivan Brehm left to open Nouri, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia brought in accomplished Australian chef Luke Armstrong to head the kitchen, and they did a complete revamp of the space, menu and even the logo. We’re firm believers that change can bring about great things, and we’re sure this new concept is going to be phenomenal.
Why you should come here:
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia now has a brightened up dining room with leather bench seating, wooden tables and eye-catching ikat fabrics hanging on the walls. Adding to the buzzy ambiance is the fact that the tables are just a stone’s throw from the open kitchen, so you can watch chef Luke and his team in action.
Chef Luke brings over 10 years of experience to the table, having worked in acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants like Pied a Terre (one star) and The Ledbury (two stars) in London and three Michelin-starred Oud Sluis in the Netherlands. His new menu at The Kitchen at Bacchanalia features contemporary French-inspired cuisine with a few nods to Asian flavours.
What we love:
So often we see chefs getting caught up in over-the-top panache, but Chef Luke doesn’t go that route. Instead his dishes are straightforward and elegant with each ingredient treated with respect and seasoned and sauced to allow the best flavours to come through. Take for example the Tomato starter with vibrant Japanese fruit tomato and elderflower in a refreshing gazpacho broth or the Braised Wagyu Short Rib paired with roasted king oyster mushrooms, kabu turnips and fresh wasabi, then drizzled with roasting juices.
The space is pretty intimate with only 36 seats, so your best bet is to book ahead to make sure you get a table. They actually suggest booking at least two weeks in advance. We should also mention that it’s all about set menus here, so plan for a leisurely lunch or dinner where you can sit back with a bottle of wine and savour all the culinary delights that come your way.
For lunch you can opt for two courses at $55++ or three courses for $65++. For dinner you can choose from six, eight or 10 courses for $120++, $185++ and $230++ respectively.