For those well-acquainted with the Australian food industry's Hall of Fame, the name Kylie Kwong will be a familiar one. In fact, if you once had the chance to dine at her landmark restaurant Billy Kwong, on Surry Hills' Crown Street; mention of the legendary chef might even nudge a sore spot. Since shutting her restaurant after almost two decades in operation, fans were waiting with bated breathe to see what Kwong would do next. Finally, we have the answer; with news that Kylie Kwong will be opening a new restaurant, Lucky Kwong, in Sydney's South Eveleigh.
Opening on May 25, Lucky Kwong will operate as a casual Australian-Cantonese cafeteria-style eatery; featuring some of Kwong's best-known dishes for dine-in or takeaway. The biggest catch is that her latest eatery will be strictly dine-in only, and only open for lunch service between Monday and Friday.
Kwong says; “For me, Lucky Kwong is all about true nourishment. This eatery is a celebration of everything I love in life with care, community, collaboration and delicious, life-giving food at its heart. This is a big shift for me as a restaurateur. Lucky Kwong allows me to live in a more balanced and holistic way, with food and nourishment still at the centre of what I do, but equally co-existing with my other great passion - community engagement. I feel incredibly excited about this new way of being, and to feed diners in my new special space."
The question on everyone's lips; what's on the menu? From what we know so far, you can expect everything from prawn dumplings and Uncle Jimmy’s noodles; to caramelised pork belly with Davidson’s plum, stir-fried Boon Luck Farm vegetables with tofu; and steamed savoury pancakes with toppings like Fish Butchery’s yellowfin tuna and XO.
Come May 25, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh will be the place to be. Will we see you there?