Looking for a hot food tip for 2015? Bangladeshi street food has emerged from the shadows as a contender in a food niche toastier than a freshly baked cronut.
Up and down the eastern seaboard, our top chefs have rebooted street-food classics, from George Calombaris' souvlaki at Jimmy Grants in Melbourne to the posse of chefs reworking the humble burger, Sydney's Neil Perry among them.
Now Nicholas Gurney, co-owner of the hatted Farmhouse restaurant in Sydney's Kings Cross, is punting on Bangladeshi food when he opens Bang next week in the former Monkey Magic site on Crown Street, Surry Hills.
Gurney predicts the pan-cooked paneer will rise to signature dish status at Bang, but also tips the pan puri will be popular. Bangladesh-born chef Tapos Singa [ex Gowings and est] was testing omelets in the lead-up to the launch, including a version with duck egg, blue swimmer crab and green chilli.
"It's very much street-food focused," Gurney says. "There's very little they don't eat on the street in Bangladesh."
The 60-seat restaurant, its interiors fashioned by Gurney's own design firm, will donate a portion of takings to relief aid in Bangladesh.
"The restaurant pays tribute to the energetic blend of art and intellect, passion and poverty, love and hate that line the streets of Bengal," Gurney says.