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18 March 2012 @ 09:15 pm
Kitchen By Mike  
The new warehouse canteen Kitchen by Mike (85 Dunnings Ave, Roseberry) was the light at the end of my working week - quite literally with it's high celiings and airy open space. It also provided the happiest moment of my Sunday when I snagged the last order of sourdough pancakes with lemon curd, it was just the dish to brighten my day.

The food at Kitchen by Mike is simple and unpretentious using the freshest produce sourced by Mike each morning, thus the menu changes daily and can be found at their Facebook page. We didn't know this when we headed there for brunch but were pleasantly surprised as we peered into the open kitchen and walked past the display of vibrant salads, rustic pizzas and freshly made juices and smoothies. We made our way through the queue and sat with our enamel tin plates at a communal table, grabbed our cutlery from an old can of tomatoes, taking in the rawness of the warehouse. Satisfied with our selection of a slice of Mike's freshly woodfired sourdough bread, fluffy and was delicious with a slather of PepeSaya butter and had us going back for a second serving. I let Bill enjoy his roasted pork belly with chutney which he found so good he would happily eat here each weekend, while I had a selection of a few of the salads on offer which were packed with flavour and well balanced.

I was keen to try the breakfasts here and I absolutely had to share Kitchen by Mike with someone else so brought the mother the following weekend, knowing she would also appreciate Koskela more than Bill did. It was noticeably more busy and my heart raced as I neared the register to order my breakfast, as I ordered the last sourdough pancakes and they crossed it off the specials board - sorry to anyone who was queueing behind me, I know my heart would sink. Mum had the baked chickpeas, chorizo with a egg which was perfection wobbly and gooey from being poached slowly for 30mins while we watched the open kitchen change from breakfast to lunch.
Kitchen By Mike
 
 
 
Freshly squeezed orange juice
 
 
Mike's woodfired sourdough bread with Pepesaya butter
 
Roast pork belly $12
 
Plum, walnut & blue cheese
Tomato, watermelon mint salad
Corn, lime & chilli salt
 
Sourdough pancakes with lemon curd
 
Baked chorizo, chickpeas with poached egg

Next door is Koskela which sells the enamel tin plates used a Kitchen by Mike and other Australian goods - we picked up some lovely smelling hand wash used in the bathrooms too as gifts for our relatives overseas. The staff are friendly and passionate, we both loved the open space, the simplicity of it all and the concept of using fresh and seasonal produce daily and we're trying to enjoy it as much as we can before the inevitable influx and appearance of beautiful people and hispters XP The food here can be a little pricey especially when you try and order a bit of each, but it is reflected in the freshness of ingredients and the quality of the dishes produced.

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chocolatesuzechocolatesuze on March 18th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
omgs the pork belly! /drools
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on March 19th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
Perfectly crisp skin too!!
Melanie YoungMelanie Young on March 18th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
I've heard so many great things about this place - hopefully I'll get there one day, it's just a bit too far from home though.
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on March 19th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
I hope you get to - it's such a beautiful space too!
bitemeshowme.wordpress.com on March 19th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Tina @ bitemeshowme
that pork belleh looks so good. and sourdough pancakes? now thats something i HAVE to try!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on March 19th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Re: Tina @ bitemeshowme
Get there early, the pancakes run out fast! Oh I think they'e only available on Sundays
I have my eye on a pumpkin tart next time ;)
vivian xievxdollface on March 19th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
haha beautiful people and hipster
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on March 19th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
hehe :P
Sugarpuffisugarpuffi on March 30th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
omg the chorizo looks so good!
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