Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery

Gourmet canteen anyone?

Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! The weather in Sydney has been absolutely gorgeous this weekend.

Yesterday, like many Sydney siders I woke up early to catch the morning sun (and vote!) then, went out to have lunch with E and Monkey. E recently tried a new concept-cafe in Rosebery and recommended that we try it out.

Monkey enjoying his flat white

Kitchen by Mike, located in the light industrial district of Sydney, about 6km south of Sydney is what I have labelled the “gourmet canteen concept-cafe” is owned by one of Australia’s best chefs – Mike McEnearney former head chef at Rockpool.
– It’s certainly a kitchen with credentials.

We arrived around 11.40am (which is recommended to avoid long queues) when lunch starts. There is no table service here so you should grab a table as soon as you arrive.

Mixed berry smoothie

We had smoothies served in recycled bottles with a paper straw and coffees while we waited for the lunch service to start.

Setting up for lunch service

Looking around the large warehouse the words sustainable, local and fresh produce comes to mine. The space is dominated by an open-plan kitchen, coffee station and bar, long communal table and chairs.

Lunch anyone?

Once lunch starts (12pm) you line up in one queue, once you reach the front counter you point to the things you want to eat. The chefs behind the counter pile your plate and you pay for each item individually. So you can eat as much or as little as you like. The only problem for me was deciding what to eat because everything looked so delicious!

Wood roasted chicken with walnut salad

E and Monkey got the Wood roasted chicken, aioli and young carrots served with a side of cabbage, apple and walnut. The roasted chicken was still quite tender and juicy. I was a little disappointed with the salad as there wasn’t enough walnut.

Barramundi with broccoli and chilli

I chose the Barramundi with broccoli and chilli with a side of blood orange salad, with olives, fennel, sultanas and toasted pine nuts. I also couldn’t say no to the roasted sweet potato served with pomegranate and a dollop of coconut cream.

Dessert time

Banana bread with cream

There is always room for dessert, even at lunch. E, Monkey and I shared the banana bread with cream and crispy banana chips on top and the layers of pancake with cream and sliced strawberries on top. My favourite is definitely the pancakes. The cream added enough sweetness to the pancakes without being too sweet. I could have easily eaten the stack myself.

Pancake with cream

Kitchen by Mike  is a subsidiary of the homewares shop it shares a roof with, Koskela. Most of the decor from the plates you eat, the bottles you drink from and the chairs you sit on are available for sale next door. You can also find everything from kitchen utensils, hand crafted cards and books through to furniture and bedding.  Don’t be fooled by the products on offer. Most is quite expensive!

Kids room at Koskela

I absolutely love the kids corner especially the hand crafted tree bed and adorable bedding. There is something about the bed that reminds me of fairy tales I use to read as a child. Scattered around the area are small hand crafted wooden wombats that can be used as stools for the children. I wanted to take one home!

Wooden Wombat

Overall, the concept-cafe  reminds me very much of boarding schools or schools in the UK and US where children have their meals in a communal area. Very canteen style or buffet style but gourmet! If you happen to be in the area its definitely worth a try. Just remember to arrive early so you get first pick. :)


Kitchen by Mike
85 Dunning Avenue,
Rosebery, NSW, 2018
(02) 9045 0910



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