Open plan kitchens that offer dinner and a show
Good food is an art form. Made with creative ingredients and served with unique flair, the timing and precision in a restaurant kitchen can be a spectacle on par with a theatrical show. So, for those whose love of food extends from preparation right through to when the curtain falls on your final mouthful, we’ve lined up four restaurants with open plan kitchens that offer dinner and a show.
Firedoor - Sydney
Anyone who has sat by a campfire can attest that the crackle and lick of flames are simply mesmerising. But at Firedoor, this fascination with fire is taken to a whole new level by Head Chef, Lennox Hastie. Armed with two wood fire ovens, three open flame grills and a wood burning heath, everything at Firedoor is cooked by fire using a variety of different woods to enhance the flavours in the food. Guests can take in all the action as pipis with garlic and karkall are cooked over an open flame, or take notes as a 203-day dry-aged rib of beef is cooked to perfection. The menu changes daily, bringing new heat to Sydney’s dining scene. And as a Citi cardholder you can settle in with a complimentary bottle of wine and watch the action unfold in the open-plan kitchen.
Nobu - Melbourne
Renowned across the globe, Nobu is the award-winning Broadway performance of the culinary world. Blending Japanese traditions with South American flavours, Nobu is modern and sophisticated without taking itself too seriously. Seated at the sashimi bar you can watch the masters at work, wielding knives with precision. While in the main dining area it’s no less of a performance as you see Nobu style fish and chips, wagyu tacos and brick oven roasted octopus with miso anticucho sauce come to life in the kitchen. A meal you won’t forget, Nobu is also known for its formidable wine list, with a price tag to boot. But don’t let that take away from your experience. As a Citi cardholder you can enjoy a bottle of wine on the house.
Long Chim - Perth
Long Chim Perth is a feast for the eyes. Situated in the basement of the iconic State Buildings in the CBD, there’s so much to take in before you even clock the hive of activity in the open plan kitchen. Thai street art and digital projections light up the already striking and sizeable dining area, bringing an edgy and contemporary feel to this historic space. Contemporary to the core, the menu brings a new edge to Thai classics. It’s hard to go past a half roast duck dish that simply describes its accompaniment as excellent sauce, nor lamb ribs with chilli cumin coconut cream grilled over wood and charcoal. Gazing into the kitchen it’s hard to fathom that so many elements can come together in a single space - from flaming woks to the construction of flavour-packed Thai salads, aromatic curries and the smokey grill. Go with a group so you can get a taste of as many dishes on the menu as possible. And of course, don’t forget to reap the benefits of being a Citi cardholder and enjoy a complimentary bottle of a dry and crisp white, perfectly paired with a serving of chicken wings with shallots and cumin dark soy as you peruse the menu.
Jamie’s Italian - Brisbane
If your preferred style of eating is to pick away at a selection of snacks over a couple of wines, the antipasto bar at Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane is the spot for you. Adorned with wheels of cheese and cured meats hanging from the ceiling, perch at this marble-topped bar and watch the decorations transform into perfectly paired planks of nibbles. For true snacker's delight, present your Citi card to receive a complimentary bottle of medium-bodied red and tuck into the Ultimate Plank generously layered with prosciutto, finocchiona and schiacciata piccante salami, tomato crostini, bocconcini, pecorino and chilli jam, pickles, olives, grissini, focaccia and to top it off, seasonal marinated vegetables.
As a Citi cardholder you’re entitled to a free bottle of wine at almost 400 restaurants across Australia, giving you the perfect excuse to take in a culinary show any night of the week. So what are you waiting for? Book a restaurant now.