Impromptu Dining was an exciting and sophisticated eatery at an impressive price point. However as Daniel Backhouse, head chef and co-owner, of et. al explains, things happen and “it is what it is really”.
However, almost a year late the space has been overhauled and the restaurant re-born as et.al, a fresh casual eatery that spills out in to the courtyard, perfect relaxed long lunches with friends deep into the summer afternoons.
“The food is still my food, instead of it being so intricate on the plate, we’ve just made it more accessible for the diners to come back to, we really want the locals to feel like they’ve got a nice casual place to pop in.” Explains Backhouse.
Some highlights of the menu are memories of Backhouse’s childhood, with nostalgic touches like the blood sausage rolls, with beetroot sauce, or the crab omelette toastie. Away from the nostalgia is refined modern Australian bistro cuisine, with dishes like the roast pork, with burnt apple puree or the vodka cured salmon, with avocado, fennel and grapefruit segments.
Along with the new name and new food, et.al has been completely re-born, with an impressively fresh, chic refurbishment led by Chris Wilks of Giant Design. The combination of the crisp white and natural green colour-way on the benches and floors meshes perfectly with the minimal, brown timber tables and chairs and Australian botanical centrepieces.
“We’re trying to utilise the space…we do have this really nice courtyard, especially coming in to summer we want to make the most of it, with customers sitting out their with some sparkling or a nice bottle of Rosè”. Says Backhouse.
The man behind the wines at et.al is co-owner and manager Stephen Craig who has created a refined list of enjoyable international wines. It certainly helps tie the place together in what is a tidy new addition to King’s Cross’ burgeoning dining scene.
Fri–Sun 11am–3pmm, 5pm–10pm
7/24-30 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, entrance via Llankelly Place
(02) 8018 6722