If you thought all-you-can-eat restaurants expired in a grave of 1990s-style bain-marie Chinese, it’s back.
Bondi Social owner Hamilton Kings snapped up Surry Hills Uchi Lounge earlier this year, recently opening with the reimagined all-you-can-eat concept Pizza Autentico.
"Eleven or 12 slices is the most someone has eaten so far, it was probably one of my mates," Kings says.
Come on Sydney, you can do better than that. The restaurateur is trying to marry quantity with quality, sourcing many of his toppings from Salts Meats Cheese and dishing up expensive buffalo mozzarella as part of the pizza repertoire.
Inspiration for Pizza Autentico came from Brazilian churrasco restaurants. Twenty dollars buys a 90-minute timeslot in the restaurant in the evening, and a $15 one-hour challenge is available at lunch. So does it equate to overeating?
"Some people will eat a pizza and a half if they get the chance, but most are pretty sensible. The simplicity of the concept lets us bring our costs down. And it is pretty easy to understand, there’s a real appetite out there for it; you’ve only got to look at burgers, people like simple," he said.