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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Farewell to Kensington Street Social; hello to Barzaari

I enjoyed visiting Kensington Street Social but Brit chef Jason Atherton's Sydney outpost is on the way out - to be replaced by the Eastern Mediterranean flavours of Barzaari.

Barzaari Chippendale will seat up to 120 guests and will take over the former Kensington Street Social space within The Old Clare Hotel. KSS paid the penalty, as do so many restaurants, for having an absentee big-name chef.

The new Barzaari will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday and lunch only on Sunday as well as providing in-room dining for guests of The Old Clare Hotel. The restaurant will offer a modern take on the cuisine from Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Chef Darryl Martin and Andrew Jordanou (owners of Barzaari Marrickville) have partnered with Loh Lik Peng (founder and owner of Unlisted Collection) to open the new eatery.

Peng says: "It’s an exciting opportunity to present a new cuisine to the Chippendale precinct, which has such varied culture and a rich food scene – but no offering like this."

Martin (formerly of TheThree Weeds and Quay) says: "After trading successfully in Marrickville for a little over two years we are thrilled to be opening within The Old Clare. I’m excited to be cooking for a new neighbourhood and across the street from my mate Clayton Wells (of Automata and A1 Canteen) with whom I worked at Quay."

The Barzaari menu is designed to be shared and will offer bites through to small and large plates, sides, desserts and smaller sweet alternatives.

Barzaari, named after a Cypriot marketplace where Jordanou’s grandfather used to sell his farm-grown produce, will have a strong focus on changing seasons, with vegetables championed on the menu.

Barzaari Chippendale will be at 3 Kensington Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008.

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