I’d been intending to try out Kitchen by Mike for years now. But seeing as I no longer have a car, and public transport in Sydney being absolutely terrible, I’ve put it off for a while. Until one rainy Friday morning my friend picked me up and we headed for a long-awaited lunch.
Kitchen by Mike is set in an industrial converted factory, with high ceilings and exposed foundations – the perfect setting to seat a mass of lunch-hungry customers. The space is also open to an awesome, contemporary design store which I definitely would not miss on a visit! We got there around 1pm and it was absolutely packed, so expect to wait a little to get your food.
The daily-changing menu is designed to put seasonal and fresh produce at the forefront, focusing on salads, sandwiches and soups. On the day we visited, we chose the Warehou, Broccolini and Black Bean Vinaigrette. This was pretty delicious, although I must note it was slightly overcooked, making the fish a little tougher than expected. However the vinaigrette was absolutely delicious and definitely made up for it!
The fish was paired with the Cucumber, Sesame, Soy and Mirin Salad. This salad was so delicious and refreshing – I could eat bowls and bowls of it.
Lastly, we opted for a plate of 3 of the salads. These included the Sweet Potato Gratin, The Iceberg Lettuce, Corn and Jalapeño Chop Salad and The Beetroot, Lentil and Goats Curd Salad. These were all pretty delicious, particularly the sweet potato gratin.
Overall, Kitchen by Mike delivered exactly what they promised – fresh and seasonal produce that is also very healthy. However, I won’t be rushing back too soon – these 3 dishes plus a cider to share came to a whopping $65! Although I did appreciate that the kitchen uses the best produce available, it still was quite overpriced for a casual lunch. X
Kitchen by Mike
85 Dunning Avenue
Hours: Monday to Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am-4pm