Mike McEnearney to reopen No.1 Bent Street as Kitchen by Mike

Wood-fire roasted pumpkin with maple syrup and cinnamon at Kitchen by Mike at Sydney Airport. Image source: @kitchenbymike via Instagram

After Mike McEnearney’s Sydney restaurant No.1 Bent Street was handed to administrators in December, he announced that the restaurant would close in April, making way for something new.

The former Rockpool head chef will transform the venue into Kitchen by Mike on May 1 – a new branch of his canteen-style diner, with higher-end food for city workers.

Kitchen by Mike has already been tried and tested, with once currently running at Sydney Airport. The first that opened in Rosebery closed in 2015 after McEnearney’s former business partners stepped away.

In an interview with Good Food he said, “I loved that contact with customers at Rosebery. We'll have a servery I'll stand at. Down the track we'd like to increase our capacity, and we'll include some counter seating.”

The casual diner is known for its vegetable-driven farmhouse-style food, like wood-fired burssels sprouts with freekah and ‘nduja dressing; twice cooked pork belly; quiches, tarts and and sourdough pizza slices.  

We bid farewell to No.1 Bent Street due to the difficult and changing nature of the market, McEnearney says. 

At the time of voluntary administration, McEnearney said construction in the area, including light rail works, was partly to blame for the acclaimed restaurant's financial hardship. 

The final service will be April 18.