JASON ATHERTON - THE SOCIAL TEAM
JASON ATHERTON – CULINARY DIRECTOR
Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001. After launching ‘Maze’ in London and overseeing the opening of five more ‘Maze’ restaurants globally, Jason left Gordon Ramsay Holdings to launch his own restaurant group, The Social Company.
His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening. It was awarded 4 AA Rosettes by the AA Guide, named The Good Food Guide’s ‘Best New Restaurant’ and hailed the third best restaurant in the UK. Jason was awarded ‘Chef Of The Year’ by ‘Caterer and Hotelkeeper’, which for a chef, Jason has likened to winning an Oscar.
Four years on, Jason and The Social Company now have multiple restaurants worldwide, including the Michelin-starred Social Eating House, Little Social opposite Pollen Street Social, the acclaimed Berners Tavern – named ‘the defining restaurant of the decade’ – and City Social, which earned a Michelin star within six months of opening. His latest London opening was Social Wine & Tapas, a wine shop and tapas bar in Marylebone, which the Evening Standard called “Jason Atherton’s best yet”.
Alongside his London restaurants, Jason has taken the Asian dining scene by storm, opening 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry and Aberdeen Street Social in Hong Kong and The Commune Social and Table No.1 in Shanghai. In 2015, he launched his first stateside restaurant The Clocktower, an all-day dining space set within the New York EDITION Hotel; and Marina Social, a stunning waterside restaurant in Dubai. Kensington Street Social is his first Australian venture.
Jason is married to Irha Atherton who works alongside him as co-director at The Social Company. Irha also runs the head office in Soho, London. Jason and Irha have two daughters and the family live in South West London.
ROBERT DANIELS – HEAD CHEF, KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL
Rob apprenticed in Sydney under Englishman Matt Flemming with short stints under Colin Fassnidge and Peter Doyle at Merivale’s flagship restaurant Est., before moving to London in 2003 and starting work with Gordon Ramsay Holdings at Boxwood Café. He joined Maze in 2005 working under Jason Atherton, and went on to work under Phil Carmichael at Maze in Prague, where they won a coveted Michelin star, going on to launch Maze at the One & Only in Cape Town. After Cape Town, Rob headed up Maze in Doha, Qatar as executive chef.
He returned to Australia in 2011 and joined Ryan Squires new restaurant Esquire in Brisbane, Queensland, winning 3 hats in the first year. Rob moved on to Wollongong, New South Wales to take the head chef position at Dunes, rebranding the restaurant as Rocksalt Bar and Grill, before joining hospitality group Merivale in Sydney working at Felix, Uccello and Coogee Pavilion. Rob joins Kensington Street Social as head chef, once again working with Jason.
Bottoms Up! Book in for Sydney’s best boozy brunches.
We’ve recently noticed something has been going on in Sydney on the weekends. Early on in the days, people are disappearing from their homes only to return hours later, smelling of Champagne with a hint of what we detect to be brunch. Could it be that Sydney has finally followed in the footsteps of New York, or Frances L’aperitif? We believe so. The time has arrived that we share with you all… Boozy Brunches have hit Sydney, so here they are to try for yourself.
Kensington Street Social
Situated inside The Old Clare Hotel, Kensington Street Social has now launched a summer bottomless brunch menu. It includes either a two or three course menu accompanied with your choice of rosé, sparkling wine or Champagne. The menu offers a selection of seafood and meat options, with highlights including alpine salmon with coddled egg, kombu and wagyu steak.
A 2-course bottomless brunch costs $65, whilst a 3-course bottomless brunch is $75. Bottomless brunch at Kensington Street Social is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm, running for 2 hours from the time of commencement. read more
There’s one time of the day that us Sydney-slickers love the most. In case you hadn’t guessed (who are you?) we’re talking about brunch. That glorious crossover between breakfast and lunch that allows a few more hours of sleep and always offers up the best food. If you’re keen for excessive amounts of alcohol and tasty eats to snack on between sips, then grab your squad, it’s time you had a bottomless boozy brunch. Now that we’re all (kind of) adults, it’s time to step up our brunch game. That means booze infused feasts. You’re right, we honestly just like drinking all the wine and when you can get unlimited refills, we seriously can’t say no.
Kensington Street Social
If you’re going to be sipping and snacking for a fair while, Kensington Street Social is the place to do it. Rendered out in a big beautiful warehouse space, it’s safe to say you’ll hardly get sick of your surroundings here. With an endless supply of sparkling wine (these guys must have an actual well of the stuff), we guarantee you’ll be smitten with the seriously good brunch menu because prawn toast and spiced lamb flatbread. That’s why. read more
It was once neglected terraces and industrial warehouses but this gritty city street has been resurrected and converted into an eclectic array of bars and eateries.
Take a tour of the area’s best eateries right here with The Sunday Telegraph’s Eat Street.
With a menu based on sharing, conversation abounds and one topic that is sure to make the rounds is the generous portions on each plate, such as the thicker slices of kingfish with cucumber, wasabi, pineapple, coriander and pepper jam. That’s just to start so be sure to save room for the next items on the list. read more
Nothing says baller status quite like free-flowing Champagne, fluffy eggs topped with caviar and a cart of cocktails — particularly when it's all enjoyed before midday. But thanks to Sydney's new obsession with bottomless brunches, us mere mortals can live like Queen B and Jay Z, even if just for a couple of hours. Whether you're planning your weekend around it or treating your hungover self, here's the lowdown on Sydney's best bottomless brunches. Just remember to behave yourself or you won't make it to midday.
Kensington Street Social has nailed the upscale New York brunch vibe, but without a hint of pretension. Rock up in a frock, jeans and sneakers, or in your pyjamas (as some of the hotel guests have done) and nobody will bat an eyelid. Changing the playlist daily to match their clientele, KSS caters to a soft jazz crowd (including kids), right through to those who want to knock back their bubbles to upbeat club hits. While the vibe is casual, the food steps up. Their two-course, $65 bottomless brunch menu boasts buckwheat hotcakes with blueberry compote, pear and vanilla mascarpone, followed by a choice of alpine salmon, coddled egg, kombu, salmon roe and vine tomato ketchup or a MB6+ wagyu with fried egg, chips, tarragon and bearnaise. Or, you can pick anything from the main menu and go bottomless for an extra $35. read more
December may be four whole months away, but if you’re anything like us, you’re already counting down. We just don’t believe that one day a year is enough when it comes to eating our own bodyweight in food (without regretting a single bite). We know you agree, so here are the top spots to join in on the feastivities (see what we did there?) and celebrate Christmas in July this week in Sydney.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY @ KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL AND THE CLARE BAR
Known for their boozy brunches and general all-round good vibes, Kensington Street Social and the Old Clare Hotel are joining forces to bring you one hell of a Christmas feast. Expect all of your fave festive classics—think fresh tiger prawns, and crispy skin turkey with pistachio and sage stuffing, potato mash, and gravy and cranberry sauce. You’ll finish your feast with peated whisky ice-cream and spiced mulled wine (obviously) before heading next door to the Clare Bar, where the entire drinks menu is Christmas-themed, right down to the bar snacks. If all this still doesn’t have you feeling the silly season, then the Christmas bangers courtesy of the DJ certainly will.
When: From Tuesday 25 July
Where: Kensington Street Social, the Clare Hotel at the Old Clare Hotel
Cost: $65pp, includes 3-course menu and drink on arrival read more
Chippendale’s best Restaurants
The inner city suburb of Chippendale has become a new foodie hub with the refurbishment of the Old Clare Hotel and Kensington Street becoming a new restaurant hot spot. Whether you’re looking for degustation or hawker style dining, there’s something for everyone all within walking distance. Take your pick from Chinese, French, Italian or British cuisines. You really are spoilt for choice in Chippendale. read more
Oh winter, you may be cold, but you do bring a tasty change in seasonal produce. From switching up the menus of our fave foodie spots, to $1 oyster feasts and World Chocolate Day (yes, we’re serious), get your bellies ready for a winter weekend of complete indulgence. And if you’re in the mood for a cultural burst, you’re set; from film to a throwback Britney par-tay, and a night dedicated to some good ol’ gin appreciation.
So buckle up (or maybe unbuckle?), get out of the house, and into Sydney’s ultimate bucket list for this weekend.
SOCIAL SUNDAYS @ KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL
Sunday isn’t Sunday without unlimited bubbly right? Right. This weekend in Sydney spend $35 for the bottomless bubbly, or hop on that frosé bandwagon for an additional $16 and sip your way through the afternoon at Kensington Street Social. In terms of snacks, get ready to indulge in Kangaroo Island Scallops, kingfish with dill and kale, or maybe the beef tartare with beetroot jam, horseradish, and wasabi. We wouldn’t judge you for going straight for the desserts, with blueberries and almond cream or chocolate mousse both on the menu it sound like a solid plan to us. Because Sunday is the new Saturday, hop over into the Old Clare for some live music and another cocktail (or five) and keep the good times flowing. read more
For those that have a preference for breakfast meetings but are in need of a few new suggestions, here are our favourite breakfast spots in Sydney for doing business. Breakfast is the new dinner when it comes to sealing the deal. What used to be discussed over three bottles of wine and a three-course meal is now nutted out after the gym and before 10am. In Sydney – the early risers really do catch the worm. There are a variety of different spots catering to those that value a decent flat white, white tablecloths and power socket access as well an extra chair for the intern – and here are our picks.
Name: Kensington Street Social
Address: 3 Kensington St, Chippendale, 2008
USP: One of the more well known haunts preferred by both the creative and corporate professionals of Sydney. Located within the Old Clare Hotel (which made our ‘Best Hotel’ list) the industrial, former brewery has been turned into a culinary gem. It has a great central location a well-regarded culinary director in Jason Atherton.
Best For: Small team meetings where the corporate card is picking up the tab.
Order: Either the simple bacon and egg brioche roll or the mushrooms on rye, which comes with Jersey milk ricotta. read more
Is it just us, or can four days off not come soon enough? With Easter fiiiiiiiiinally around the corner it’s time to get that social calendar in order. If we’re being honest (aren’t we always?) there’s much more to this decadent time of year than chocolate, and eating your weight in hot cross buns (we know, we were shocked too). Some of your fave spots are set to keep you fed and watered, with everything from coconut margaritas to chocolate (obvs) workshops. Here’s what’s open in Sydney this Easter.
KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL
Because life is all about balance, Kensington Street Social is here to help you balance out all that chocolate with some savoury goodness at their Easter Brunch Feast. The three course menu will set you back $80pp and is available Friday 14 right through to Monday 17 from 11:30am - 3:30pm. read more
So you have a special something coming up that needs some seriously special thought? The million $$$ question is always, where do I book? What's cool at the moment? How do I impress? The is a serious questions that requires a well thought answer. Here you go fella's!
KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL
Chippendale has a fair share of great restaurants. Kensington Street Social is one particular stand out. Wow factor as soon as you walk in, followed by an array of mouthwatering goodies on the menu. The Tataki Hiramasa Kingfish and their Frosé’s are a must. read more
Finding a spot to grab your lunch in Sydney is tough at the best of times, but especially hard when you have clients to impress too. We have found the nine top spots for chic business lunches in and around the Sydney CBD guaranteed to keep your business partners happy—and after a long week’s work, perhaps these venues can double up for a celebratory dinner with your friends too!
KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL
Set in the ultra-hip Chippendale, Kensington Street Social is a gorgeous escape to a great neighbourhood—and only a couple minutes in an Uber from the CBD. From the short but sweet menu, we can highly recommend choosing the Tongue ‘n’ cheek croquettes with piccalilli to start, and the Rump of lamb, smoked bacon, garden peas, white onion and anchovy mint relish for main. read more
A trolley of dreams has rolled into Sydney (see what we did there) thanks to our spirit animals over at Kensington Street Social and the coffee liqueur maestros at Mr Black.
If there’s one thing we love more than a cocktail it’s having all of the choice, and the espresso martini trolley gives us just this. Featuring Mr Black, your choice of vodka, tequila or orange liquor and a range of sweet smelling spices like vanilla, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon, you can pick your perfect flavour, and create your own unique espresso martini in Sydney.
The best bit though? The bartender will then make it at your table. Now you obviously all know what this means, have Snapchat at the ready because a bartender making your personalised espresso martini in the dog filter is life.
The best looking thing on four wheels is coming to your next Sunday brunch between the blissful hours of 11am – 12:30pm, be sure to plan accordingly. read more
Awarded chef Jason Atherton and his exciting Sydney establishment Kensington Street Social have been pulling their weight at The Old Clare Hotel for months, and now that they have a growing following the team have decided to kick up their offerings to include an Express Lunch menu. From Monday through to Wednesday, KSS will be balancing time and taste by adding their two cents into the growing need for speedy lunches that still bring in actual quality.
A two-course lunch and a drink are featured for the Express Lunch, which is set at the price of $40pp. It starts with a choice from three entrees including the popular Social Dog with pork and fennel sausage, green apple, black pudding, and cheddar, and a fresh Tataki Hiramasa Kingfish with dill and kale togarashi. A choice from three of the kitchen’s sourdough flatbreads then serves as a nice transition into the main, which brings three options: Wagyu Bresaola with white onion, pumpkin, and rocket;Roast Mushroom with taleggio, salmoriglio, and parmesan; and Pulled Lamb with basil pesto, baby zucchini, Jersey milk ricotta, and manchego.
KSS’ sommelier Lindsay Carr has also designed a selection of wines by the glass to match with each dish; diners can also go for a Resch’s Pilsener or a soft drink. read more
We're all about a long lunch, but we also know that you can't have 12 o'clock cocktails for too many days in a row before people start to talk.
On the other side of the spectrum, sometimes we get a little sick of our tuna salad/avo on toast/vegetable soup workday rotation. Enter: Kensington Street Social's new Express Lunch offering, which sits happily somewhere between the two.
From Monday to Wednesday between 12pm to 2:30pm, Kensington Street's Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton (he's kind of a big deal in London, you guys) will offer two-course lunch aimed to save you time and money without sacrificing splurge-factor. For $40 a pop, you'll get a choice from three entrees, one of the restaurant's sourdough flatbreads and a glass of vino matched to your meal by sommelier Lindsay Carr. read more
Chippendale eatery Kensington Street Social is bringing a drinks trolley to your next Sunday brunch session.
And we couldn't be more thrilled, especially when there's an espresso martini involved. The Justin Atherton-owned Sydney restaurant has partnered with Mr Black coffee liqueur to bring freshly shaken espresso martinis (on wheels, no less) to spice up your next Sunday brunch. And the best bit? They're totally customisable - choose from spices like vanilla, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom or cinnamon and then select your spirit: vodka, tequila or orange liquor.
"It's a personal and accessible approach, giving the customer the opportunity to create their cocktail of choice and then see it being made," says Jamie Jones, group bar executive of The Social Company (Justin Atherton's hospitality group that owns Kensington Street Social). After encountering the Mr Black brand a year ago, Jones has partnered with the alcohol brand across many of The Social Company's bars and restaurants in London. read more
Creating food art (i.e. taking responsibility for plating a dish) was once a highly sought after job reserved for a collection of styling experts putting together a glossy magazine spread or a high profile advertising shoot. Now, it’s the cornerstone of your daily newsfeed, and the linchpin for café and restaurant marketing strategies all over the country. Food styling = ‘grammable art and there’s no shying away from it if you consider yourself even a fraction of a ‘foodie’. From drooling over calorific doughnuts to salivating over hybrid desserts topped with edible flowers, just how important is food art when selling a dish? We spoke to some of Australia’s top chefs to find out, and to pick their brains on their #foodinspo, of course.
Executive Chef of Sydney’s Kensington Street Social, Robert Daniels attributes food styling to more about nature and keeping things natural. “There are a lot of techniques involved in getting each element onto the plate - gels, foams and spheres all have their place in cooking - but overall, plating is much more natural. Perhaps 'simplified plating’ is actually a trend in itself.” read more
Despite our foodie culture and obsession with cooking shows, Australia’s hospitality industry is chewing up and spitting out more than 50 per cent of its apprentice chefs every year. Luke Mangan, the convener of Inspired Series which provides hospitality skill sessions for commercial cookery and hospitality students, persuaded Quay and Bennelong chef Peter Gilmore, Marque and Pei Modern chef (and former electrician) Mark Best and Brit Jason Atherton to address more than 60 TAFE students this week in the hope that talking about the future of the industry will help them stay in the job. Atherton says the explosion in the number of accessible restaurants mean that once apprentices do make their way through TAFE, they should be particular about the kitchen they want to work in to ensure longevity in their chosen career. “You want to make sure you get the kitchen that is right for you. To teach you what you want. Don't just go there because the chef sounds really cool and he is doing crazy stuff with foams or whatever. Go there because they are going to give you what you want and improve your skill set.” read more
Two of Kensington Street Social’s best bartenders will go head-to-head against two of the Clare’s best bartenders in this World Class Cocktail Week event.
The bartenders from each venue will work together to create three special cocktails – Kensington Street Social will use Ketel One vodka, Clare Bar will work with Tanqueray gin. The team that sells the most cocktails wins. Anything goes. Cocktails are $40 for three, but can also be purchased individually.
From 5pm. read more
Best Australian hotels for food: Six of the best.
Following a multi-million dollar overhaul, the famous Old Clare in Chippendale in Sydney's Inner West is new again. The heritage aspects have been retained in an imaginative refurb that now houses not only a funky 62-room 5 Star boutique hotel but one of Sydney's most avant-garde dining precincts in a single building.
The Old Clare is home to no fewer than three top-end eateries, all run by clever and innovative chefs and all in high demand. Clayton Wells, whose CV includes stints at Momofuku Seiobo and Quay runs Automata, which offers a five course degustation with optional wine pairing in an industrial-chic décor. At Silvereye, Sam Miller - a former executive sous chef at Noma in Copenhagen - brings finesse and balance to his 'long tasting menu', another delightful degustation, while Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton heads up Kensington Street Social with creative Mediterranean share plates and a la carte options.
Star Rating: 5 Star
Travellers' Rating: 8.9 /10 [Very Good] read more
If any chef has itchy feet it would have to be Jason Atherton. Since living in London, I have been eagerly following Atherton’s journey and foray into the international dining scene with The Social Company. The journey began in April 2011 when he opened his flagship restaurant, the Pollen Street Social in Mayfair, which was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening. His career has since gone from strength to strength, adding more strings to his bow including the Michelin- starred Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern and the City Social.
But if that wasn’t enough, Atherton has recently taken the Asian dining scene by storm opening 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry and Aberdeen Street Social in Hong Kong; and The Commune Social and Table No.1 in Shanghai. In 2015, he launched his first stateside restaurant, The Clocktower, an all-day dining space set within the New York EDITION Hotel, and Marina Social, a stunning waterside restaurant in Dubai. read more
How brunch has gone from eggs on toast to gourmet feast. Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton’s first Sydney restaurant, Kensington Street Social, serves a starter on its dinner menu called the English breakfast tea and toast: pieces of toast topped with dollops of bone marrow served with tiny cups of aerated Parmesan and mushroom broth poured from a teapot. Meanwhile, the cocktail list includes a Vegemite-infused dirty gin martini and the Hipster Breakfast: banana-bread infused rum, salted buttermilk syrup, cold-drip coffee and Fernet-Branca served in a ceramic mug. But don’t order too many — you probably made plans for breakfast the next morning. read more
They say it started at Momofuku. Or perhaps it's just a throwback to public bars down the ages. Love it or hate it, there's no doubt that eating on stools – even while you're sitting at a table – is trending up in Australian restaurants.
And it's not takeaway-style restaurants leading the charge, with fine dining experiences now up on stilts.
"It's about being social," Kensington Street Social executive chef Rob Daniels said.
"It gives diners the chance to look in and see what is going on in the kitchen. As chefs there is nowhere to hide. This form of dining gives a great vibe and chefs can interact with diners." read more
This is where you’ll be partying during Australian Fashion Week. Expect to see a slew of fashion types noshing on organic morning muesli at Jason Atherton’s Kensington Street Social, sipping single origin coffee at Glider across the street and conducting street style shoots within the photogenic confines of Spice Alley’s noodle-filled nooks. And of course, there’s the dark and cozy Clare Bar in the hotel lobby (and, weather permitting, a pretty killer rooftop bar), so there will be plenty of opportunity for juicy fashion week fodder to brew over a stiff cocktail to two. read more
Michelin-starred U.K. chef Jason Atherton's first Sydney restaurant launched in January 2016, beside sister stay the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale. A relaxed all-day diner, Kensington Street Social is open from breakfast to lunch and dinner, with lofty ceilings and an inviting industrial-sleek design. The food focus is on British-Mediterranean dishes drawing on quality Australian produce. Atherton's successful eateries range from Hong Kong's Aberdeen Street Social to London's Pollen Street Social and the Clocktower in New York, so expect big things. read more
We’ve been excited about Kensington Street Social opening for months! We’ve been fans of UK (Michelin starred) Chef Jason Atherton for a while now, after falling in love with his establishments in Singapore (Pollen and Esquina) and 22 Ships in Hong Kong (as featured in our Foodies Guide to Hong Kong).
Kensington Street Social is Jason’s first foray into the Australian market and he has chosen a location inside The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale to open it in.
The interior of Kensington Street Social has an industrial feel, with high ceilings and concrete pillars and an open kitchen gives diners a glimpse into their kitchen secrets. The vibe is relaxed. read more
The final restaurant to occupy the recently renovated, heritage-listed, Old Clare Hotel has opened. And Kensington Street Social is pushing the boundaries when it comes to cocktails and food.
Five days after KSS first opened it was packed. It seemed every foodie in Sydney was eager to try this new restaurant on the Friday night my friends and I decided to dine. Luckily they’d made a booking as I’m told even Monday’s are crowded, according to my friend who’s been trying to get a booking for a few weeks.
So what’s drawing Sydney siders to this new Chippendale precinct?
It could be their Culinary Director and British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. He’s worked alongside international chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001. This is his first Australian venture and he’s built a strong team of chefs including former Manly Pavillion Executive Chef Robert Daniels. read more
The Centennial Parklands culinary festival has had a significant revamp this year, with a host of young and important new chefs joining the event. Those showcasing their food include Firedoor’s Lennox Hastie, Nelly Robinson of nel., Salaryman’s Stephen Seckold, Kensington Street Social’s Rob Daniels, Sake’s Wayne Brown, and Thievery’s Julian Cincotta. Returning chefs include Darren Robertson of Three Blue Ducks, Otto’s Richard Ptacnik, Biota’s James Viles, 4Fourteen’s Colin Fassnidge, Movida’s Frank Camorra, celebrity chef Hayden Quinn and Porteno’s Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate. read more
Open daily for breakfast through to dinner, modern Mediterranean share plates showcase raw, cured and cooked local produce with a fusion of indigenous Australian and Japanese flavours. Expect kangaroo, Wagyu beef and Moreton Bay bugs plus accents of lemon myrtle, wattle seed, wasabi and miso. The creaminess of Atherton’s slow-cooked hen’s egg mixed with chewy roasted corn and the sharp tang of crisp seaweed, Parmesan, sage crumbs and roasted chicken scratchings best demonstrates his sublime textural pairings. read more
At the heart of business partner Loh Lik Peng's Old Clare Hotel, the concrete-clad, high-ceilinged, metallic-edged, glass-louvred space designed by Shanghai's acclaimed Neri & Hu gathers around a central island kitchen swarming with 10 white-jacketed chefs. There are five metres of counter seating, alongside bare-backed wooden tables set with sleek stemware and slim cutlery cleverly mounted in handsome brass stands.
Service might still be in headless-chook mode, but the very practised kitchen is acing it already. Atherton (here for three weeks, then off to open his next in London) and Australian-born executive chef, Rob Daniels, leave no button un-pressed with a high/low menu that straddles snacks, flatbreads and hot dogs alongside more upscale dishes. read more
Australia’s first Jason Atherton restaurant, Kensington Street Social, will be run by an Aussie with extensive experience in the Atherton-Gordon Ramsay fold. Robert Daniels, running the kitchen at Atherton’s Singapore restaurant Esquina, will be home next week to open Social at the Old Clare, the new boutique hotel development in Sydney’s Chippendale by Singaporean hotel entrepreneur and restaurateur Peng Loh. The businessman already has ties with Atherton in Asia. Daniels apprenticed in Sydney with Colin Fassnidge and Peter Doyle before moving to London in 2003 to work with Ramsay at Boxwood Cafe. read more
Ahh the Sunday lunch. What a better way to celebrate the second weekend day before going back to work than by sitting down with friends and eating and drinking all the food. And at Chippendale's newest restaurant Kensington Street Social, British chef Jason Atherton's first Sydney restaurant, they deliver great brunch and whimsical touches. I've visited Aberdeen Street Social in Hong Kong but this is different sort of space. Located within the Old Clare Hotel we see staff whizz by with cloche laden trays, presumably for room service guests upstairs. There is an open kitchen, stripped back walls and plenty of bar seating. While Jason Atherton isn't there, the head chef Tony Gibson and executive chef Robert Daniels are. read more
Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Kensington Street Social, Sydney.
Pizza-like flatbreads or pork-and-fennel hotdogs and Patrick Sullivan's inky, seductive pinot noir by the glass at the bar ahead of the movies? Easy. Ten courses and a magnum of blaufränkisch for lunch? Done. Breakfast or supper or anything in between? You got it.
This is a big machine, make no mistake, and not all the transactions are frictionless. Some attempts at local colour fall flat: a septic-looking Vegemite Martini (the regrettable outlier on the otherwise impressive cocktail roster), a small swatch of hapuku lost in a jumble of cauliflower-cheese purée, gin and seaweed under a sail of kohlrabi. (Why?) read more
Neri & Hu have created a Sydney outpost for Jason Atherton’s growing restaurant empire inside a former brewery.
Kensington Street Social opened this week inside The Old Clare Hotel, housed within the listed Carlton United Brewery building in the city’s Chippendale area.
‘People say Chippendale is like the Shoreditch of Sydney,’ the Michelin-starred chef told Australia’s Good Foodsite. ‘I want it to be fun eating here.’
Like the industrial aesthetic of many Shoreditch haunts, Kensington Street Social’s design pays tribute to its building’s heritage. Shanghai-based Neri&Hu have left many of the brewery’s original features, including concrete pillars and exposed brickwork, on show. read more
First look: Jason Atherton's Kensington Street Social, The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney.
Kensington Street Social is the first Australian restaurant from UK super-chef Jason Atherton. On the first day of service, we take a look at the latest restaurant to join The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale. read more
"I'm so excited to be opening my first restaurant in Sydney," says Atherton. "I'm all about sourcing the best produce, and here the ingredients are just incredible – Australian black truffles, the seafood – so I'm looking forward to using them to reinterpret a few of the signature dishes from my London restaurants."
"I’ve had many Australian chefs in my brigade over the years, including my executive chef Rob and pastry chef Adrian Crabb, so it seemed like a natural step to come to Sydney and get the team back together." read more
Atherton’s British heritage is also evident on the menu. English Breakfast tea and toast is a play on tea and toast with wild mushroom tea served in a teapot with relish and bone marrow toast. Moreton Bay bug tail with lemon and bottarga and Zokoko alto beni soufflé with macadamia ice-cream all feature. Holy Goat La lunagoats cheese also appears, served with pickled fennel, bitter orange jam and cress. The breakfast menu will offer healthy options including organic seed and grain oatmeal porridge, pineapple, chilli and mint and lightly smoked flathead baked omelette, bacon and spring onion. read more
“Everything I do is organic; I don’t have some sort of contrived strategy about world domination,” laughs Atherton, the cool celebrity chef many have dubbed the new — and much nicer — Gordon Ramsay. It’s not a moniker the new owner of Sydney’s newest cool restaurant — Kensington Street Social, which opens in Sydney next Wednesday — particularly likes, despite being Ramsay’s brightest protege and top chef for nine years. But where Ramsay’s global network of 30 restaurants was carefully planned as a money-making venture to capitalise on the swearing chef’s TV fame, Atherton says that the string of restaurants he has opened since winning his first Michelin star in London in 2011 have all happened more by chance. “I never really planned to open a restaurant in Sydney; it’s not like I deliberately go to a city and start searching for a site,” Atherton said. “But it’s that organic thing again; the time is right and it feels the natural thing to do. I’ve been coming to Sydney for seven or eight years now, a lot of my chef friends live here now and the produce in Australia is second to none.” Atherton follows in the footsteps of other British celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, who last year brought his multi-starred Fat Duck restaurant to Crown Melbourne for six months. But Atherton says his restaurant in inner-city hipster Chippendale at the boutique Old Clare Hotel is no pop-up shop or hands-off operation. He intends to be around for the long haul, flying into Sydney every three months between visits to his other restaurants in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai. read more
"The first thing I said to the designer is 'I want the front windows of the restaurant to open to the lane'," says Atherton. "When I think of my visits here places open up and engage the outside. We've been working on this restaurant for a really long time [Good Food broke news of its planning back in 2013]. Australia is one of the few places in the world where you have access to really great ingredients, so we want to use them." The chef points to the marron tails he's sourced, which he says are sweeter and softer than anything similar he'd find in colder northern hemisphere waters. read more
UK chef Jason Atherton is a productive man. In the past five years he’s opened more than 15 restaurants in five different cities. He’s had Michelin stars and international awards showered on him like confetti. This month he’s coming to Sydney with Kensington Street Social, a cafe, restaurant and bar hybrid in Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel.
“You can come and use it for whatever you want,” says Atherton. “You can come and spend $15 or you can spend $100. This is what this restaurant is about.” Visually it’s somewhere in the middle, with a fit-out that seems to effectively marry the aesthetics of a dilapidated warehouse and an old but classy hotel lobby. read more
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, of London restaurants including Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House and City Social, is to open his first Australian venue on 13 January 2016.
The 120-cover, two-storey Kensington Street Social will open at the Old Clare hotel in Chippendale, Sydney, in partnership with Loh Lik Peng, director of global boutique hotel and restaurant group the Unlisted Collection.
Open seven days a week, it will serve British-Mediterranean-inspired food all day from executive chef Rob Daniels, with whom Atherton has already worked on openings such as Maze London and Maze One & Only Cape Town.
The menu will be designed around flexible dining, sharing plates and snacks, including flatbreads, fish and shellfish, and raw and cured options. There will also be a range of cocktails and a list of Australian wines from beverage director Matt Fairhurst, from London’s City Social. read more
Kensington Street Social will open at The Old Clare Hotel on 13 January 2016 an follows openings in New York and Dubai this year as well as restaurants in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai before them.
Atherton is opening Kensington Street Social in partnership with Loh Lik Peng, director of boutique hotel and restaurant group ‘Unlisted Collection’. read more
Highlights from the all day menu include ‘English Breakfast tea and toast’ – a play on tea and toast with wild mushroom tea served in a teapot with relish and bone marrow toast; marinated salmon, tatsoi salad, chilli, wasabi ponzu; sea urchin risotto, Moreton Bay bug tail, lemon, bottarga; and Zokoko alto beni soufflé with macadamia ice-cream. Cheese will have a starring role on Atherton and Daniels’ menu with a number of cheese dishes including Aussie favourite Holy Goat La luna goats cheese being served with pickled fennel, bitter orange jam and cress. The breakfast menu will offer innovative and healthy options including organic seed and grain oatmeal porridge, pineapple, chilli and mint and lightly smoked flathead baked omelette, bacon and spring onion. read more
Designed by Shanghai-based Neri & Hu and executed by Matt Darwon, the sophisticated contemporary design will draw on the industrial heritage of the restaurant’s location within the former Carlton United Brewery building. Kensington Street Social will be split across two levels, with concrete finishes echoing Chippendale’s vibrant urban landscape. read more
Designed by Shanghai-based Neri & Hu and executed by Matt Darwon, the sophisticated contemporary design will draw on the industrial heritage of the restaurant’s location within the former Carlton United Brewery building. Kensington Street Social will be split across two levels, with concrete finishes echoing Chippendale’s vibrant urban landscape.
Atherton’s The Social Company, headed locally by British general manager Michael Gavaghan, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges and well-known Sydney venue The Gazebo, are looking after all food and beverage at The Old Clare Hotel including room service, The Clare bar and Rooftop Pool and Bar. The Social Company has a reputation for creating world-class bars, with The Blind Pig recently awarded Best International Restaurant Bar at the Spirited Awards 2015, and The Clare bar has already been nominated for TimeOut Sydney’s Best New Bar.
Kensington Street Social is the third venue to open within The Old Clare Hotel, joining Automata and Silvereye in what is fast becoming Sydney’s most-exciting restaurant precinct. read more
Sydney will become another star in British chef Jason Atherton's culinary constellation when his Kensington Street Social opens in The Old Clare Hotel on January 13. Yep, just when you thought Chippendale's snazziest destination couldn't fit in another eatery, the hotel has managed to loosen its belt for one, final mouthful.
The Social is the third venue to open at The Old Clare, and will be keeping the esteemed company of degustation extraordinaire Automata and Silvereye's deluxe open-plan kitchen. Of the three, it'll be the biggest (with 120 seats) and the most casual. An all-day menu will invite diners to eat any way they like, whether they're after a snack and a matching cocktail or a mega, multi-course feast with premium wines. read more
Enter Kensington Street Social- the latest, and largest, restaurant to open at The Old Clare Hotel's boutique Chippendale digs. It's headed up by British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton - the guy behind Pollen Street Social in Mayfair and City Social (both of which were awarded Michelin stars just six months after opening), the famed Berners Tavern in Soho and the more recent Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone. Atherton's Sydney offering, Kensington Street Social (we're sensing a trend here), will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with an all-day brunch on Sundays. The food sounds out of this world - from the English Breakfast tea and toast, consisting of wild mushroom tea served in a teapot with relish and bone marrow on toast (so British!) to the smoked flathead omelette and Mediterranean-influenced share plates. read more
Atherton will be culinary director of the new Sydney venue, while Rob Daniels will be executive chef. The pair have worked together on a number of restaurants over the past 12 years, including Maze London and Maze One & Only Cape Town.
Atherton said, “I’m so excited to be opening my first restaurant in Sydney. I’m all about sourcing the best produce, and here the ingredients are just incredible – Australian black truffles, the seafood – so I’m looking forward to using them to reinterpret a few of the signature dishes from my London restaurants. I’ve had many Australian chefs in my brigade over the years, including my executive chef Rob and pastry chef Adrian Crabb, so it seemed like a natural step to come to Sydney and get the team back together.“ read more
It's already been one of the liveliest openings Sydney has seen this year. The Old Clare Hotel continues to take shape, preparing for the opening of it's third restaurant following Automata and Silvereye, Jason Atherton's Kensington Street Social. The recently re-opened boutique hotel has become quite the destination for food and drink lovers across the city, helped along by it's classy street-level bar and rooftop pool-bar. Atherton, a British Michelin-starred Chef who has enjoyed opening in New York and Dubai this year, will open Kensington Street Social on January 13th in partnership with Loh Lik Peng, who is the Director of global boutique hotel and restaurant group Unlisted Collection. It will be the largest of the three Old Clare Hotel restaurants, with capacity for 120 seated guests. The exciting restaurant will be open seven days a week and offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a special brunch menu on Sundays. read more
The first Sydney-based culinary venture from British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is now open. It's been built as part of a major revamp of the Old Clare Hotel... and sits within the new Kensington Street Precinct. Tony Gibson, previously of Manly Pavilion, is in charge of the kitchen as head chef, with Robert Daniels as executive chef. The 118-seat space is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. read more
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British chef Jason Atherton opens his eighth global restaurant at the Old Clare in Chippendale early in 2016, with a contemporary European focus. read more
Kensington Street Social will follow a pattern developed by Atherton, who runs a series of “Social” restaurants around the world, including in Dubai and Singapore.
Daniels says the model is “premium casual”, with a large shared-plate menu offering dishes from snacks priced from $8 to mains priced under $40.
“It’s not about doing a carbon copy of restaurants (in the Social Group),” he says. “We’re our own business.” Dishes on the opening menu include sea urchin risotto and Moreton Bay bug with lemon and bottarga. read more
Sydney's restaurant year will start with a bang next month with the opening of the much-anticipated Kensington Street Social on January 13. The restaurant, fronted by UK celebrity chef and Gordon Ramsay protege Jason Atherton, will be the third venue to open at Chippendale’s Old Clare development, following in the footsteps of Silvereye and Automata. The 120-seat restaurant will have a modern European menu, with food showing British and Mediterranean influences. Executive chef Rob Daniels, an Australian who worked for Atherton in London, says Kensington Street Social has been carefully designed to avoid the pitfalls suffered by other British imports to Australia, including the Ramsay-backed Maze, launched in Melbourne in 2010. The venue closed a year later after being labelled “unsustainable”. read more