Lucky to get a table
My new definition of ‘good luck’ is to get a table at Good Luck Pinbone, and I have indeed been lucky tonight. Arriving about 15 minutes before opening, we have joined the friendly queue in one of the more run down parts of Kensington. The popup restaurant is simply but comfortably fitted out, making it very welcoming.
In no time at all we are pouring our BYO and perusing the set menu while anticipating the dishes to come. Service is friendly and non-intrusive. Peanuts and seaweed arrive very quickly, followed by the ‘chilli cucumber pickled” dish, an epiphany of pickled chilli and cucumber with mint.
Delicious red emperor sashimi and daikon are layered together on top of a rich burnt garlic oil. We’re enamoured with the angus beef tartare which combines wonderfully with the smoked scallop cream and shiso. We mix our own prawn and corn sang choi bao with buttered noodles and a vibrant chilli sauce, and then devour with our hands around the lettuce leaf.
And the hits keep coming
The hits keep coming with the most deliciously original, memorable, exciting dishes I’ve had the pleasure of in a long time. A rich and meaty eggplant samba complements the slippery black fungus and the coriander. Perfectly soft cuttlefish comes with mushroom and a tangy pickled vegetable salad to provide zest.
Pork neck katsu (aka a perfect pork schnitzel) is even richer with bottarga and kohlrabi. Chongqing crispy spatchcock has a big chilli and peanut punch, whereas the delicate macadamia custard and it’s three peas cools everything down again. The price of all of this is only $60, plus we BYO the wine, a tasty fiano and a nicely aged shiraz/cab blend. All I want to do now is go back again!
Is this a menu that appeals to you too?
Best Bits: everything, especially Chilli cucumber pickle, Angus beef tartare with smoked scallop cream, eggplant samba. BYO. The unobtrusive service.
Worst bits: having to queue outside before opening – although it is a short wait and not overcrowded so not really a problem, might be on a rainy day.
Where am I: Good Luck Pinbone, 121 Anzac Parade, Kensington, Sydney 2033.