It is often hard to see a revolutionary in the moment, however looking at the career of Alastair Little; his impact on modern cuisine is undeniable. He was at the forefront of the British restaurant revolution, replacing the stuffiness of old Britannia with minimalist dining rooms and eastern influenced dishes.
In 1983, he opened the game-changing 192 Kensington Park Road, which brought with it: flexible menus, a produce first mindset and an adherence to seasonality. Little went on to open a swathe of restaurants, such as the well known ‘Tavola” further cementing himself as one of the most important British chefs of the 20th century.
Little has joined forces with Merivale to open a pop-up restaurant right here in Sydney, bringing over 40 years of culinary expertise to Level 1, Hotel CBD. “I get the chance to take Sydney by storm, or at least a small section of it, and can focus on what I love most – creating and evolving recipes and working closely with the people I teach to cook them”. Little explains
“Little Bistro” will open from the 24th of April and run late into the year where it will serve a short, seasonal menu starring simplicity that has become synonymous with Little’s career. It will include smaller dishes such as ‘pepata of mussles, cooked in white wine, chilli and garlic, and ‘autumn vegetable minestrone with porcini and Parmigiano Reggiano along with mains like “roast crown of duck with an apple, potato and rosemary galette, frisee salad and a vegetable tagine with cous-cous and a chermoula relish.’ One thing you can be sure of is that it will echo Little’s mantra of “keeping it simple”.
Alastair Little at Hotel CBD will be open for lunch and dinner from Monday – Saturday, and is excited to make his mark on the Sydney dining scene. “There is no solemnity about Australian restaurants, no hushed temples of gastronomy just enjoyment, often raucous enjoyment. This lack of prejudice and preconception appeals greatly to me”. For more information on Little Bistro and it’s opening, see the details below.
52 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia