Thai-inspired restaurant Chubby Cheeks opens in Sydney's Paddington

Armed with a modern approach to Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, and a celebration of Australian produce, Chubby Cheeks has opened on Paddington's Oxford Street.

Owned and operated by Songpol and Lyn Manoonpong, Chubby Cheeks is the pair's second venue (they own and operate Mona Vale cafe, Armchair Collective) and has set up shop in the former Max Brenner site.

“Our vision was to create a space where both locals and foodies from near and far can come and wind down with delicious food and great cocktails," says Songpol Mannoonpong.

"Our dishes are designed to share and incorporates unique south east Asian flavours with a Chubby Cheeks’ twist."

With a focus on casual, street-inspired eats, Chubby Cheeks' menu was crafted by created by executive chef David Claesson (former-Glass Brasserie) and head chef Em Meechai (ex-Red Lantern). 

Claesson says, "The menu is characterised by a blend of Asian, mainly Thai influences, combining sweet, spicy and sour flavours with all dishes designed to be shared."

Signature dishes include 12-hour smoked Rangers Valley wagyu brisket; tea-smoked duck breast with banana blossom salad; and seared Hokkaido scallop betel leaf.

To complement the Southeast Asian flavours, the Chubby Cheeks team have created a cocktail menu showcasing Thai flavours and spices. including Thai-spiced negroni and coconut espresso martini. 

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