A group of True Local Sydney Local Stars gathered on a wintery Thursday night for the first Local Star Squad Meet in Redfern and Chippendale. Hosted by our Local Star, livvie, we were taken on a journey to discover a couple of her favourite hidden gems. Read more about her experience:
Stoked to be the first squad meet up host, I was delighted to introduce a fabulous group of local stars to some of my favourite local Sydney businesses.
The group started at Redfern’s classic small bar Arcadia Liquors, for a tasty round of cocktails including negronis and sours and drink pick of the night, the “South Sydney Side”.
We walked over to Chippendale’s Kindred Restaurant, a cozy venue tucked away on a corner of Cleveland St that has just celebrated its first birthday (although the queues for tables would make yo u think it had been around a lot longer).
The Kindred team pride themselves on producing an enormous amount of their products onsite, including freshly baked bread, pickles, relishes and all their incredible homemade pastas.
Chatting over glasses of Italian Chianti, we shared warm crusty bread, roasted cauliflower, and green beans with whipped ricotta and hazelnuts.
On excellent advice from the Kindred staff, we abandoned all plans for individual mains and opted instead to order all five pastas on the menu and share. The evening we visited, this delicious spread included pappardelle ragu, beef lasagne, grean pea gnocchi, vegetable rotolo with onion puree and signature Kindred pasta, the bucatini with guanciale.
It was a tough decision, but the general verdict on the evening was that the bucatini certainly deserved its reputation as a solid Kindred favourite and was probably our pick of the night, along with the two vegetarian options. All five pastas were declared to be winners though and there was very little leftover by the time we were done.
Despite our full bellies, we True Local stars somehow always know how to keep room for dessert, and there was no way the Kindred offerings were going to be missed. Choosing from the list of just two options was difficult enough – sheep yoghurt pannacotta with rhubarb, berries and lemon granita or a chocolate fondant with sour cherries and vanilla gelato? Both were divine.
Parting with smiling faces and warm hugs, we agreed how lucky we are to be part of the Local Stars community and promised to catch up again soon to continue sharing our favourite local businesses with each other.