Ex-Dead Ringer head chef goes solo, introducing casual degustation dining
Tristan Rosier and partner Rebecca Fanning have opened Arthur, a 35-seat degustation diner in a heritage-listed Victorian building on Bourke Street, Surry Hills.
Rosier's 15-year career has taken him to the kitchens at Biota and Est., before helping start up Sydney's Farmhouse in 2013, where he met Fanning. For their first solo venture, they're tackling a lesser-known dining genre.
The modern Australian menu is broken down into 11 courses, which, rather than being served one-by-one over three or four hours, arrive at the table in twos. And at just $70 per person, it's far less daunting than typical degustations.
Diners are also only given two booking times as options – 6pm or 8:30pm – making service a little more straight forward.
Each plate has two to four elements, taking inspiration from a number of cuisines, but not beholden to any.
The set menu is hyper seasonal, changing week to week, or even day to day. There's kangaroo tartare mixed with tomato and pickled cukes and topped with batons of crisp potato; pickled blue mackerel with asparagus and brown butter; and torn buffalo mozzarella perched on a bowl of fresh broad beans, fennel, and green tomato.
The menu is noticeably plant-focussed, with roughly only a third of the menu using animal proteins. The wine list is entirely Australian, sourced from wine regions all over the country and assembled by Hubert sommelier Nathan Kam.