Former Regatta chef opens Penny Ln in Kings Cross

The new venue on the corner of Kings Cross Road and Pennys Lane.
The new venue on the corner of Kings Cross Road and Pennys Lane. Photo: Supplied

Claudio Morales, the former Regatta and Ash Street Cellar chef who turned down a position at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant in Britain to return to Australia for family reasons, has opened a new eatery.

Pennys Ln, a modest entrant with business partner David Nguyen, elevates the basics.

Free-range smoked bacon belly is on the breakfast menu, and the late menu (2-9pm) delves into beetroot salad territory, made with golden and red beets served with seared witlof, blood orange and goat's curd dressed in a pomegranate and beetroot molasses.

There is also charcuterie, local cheeses and a couple of more substantial offerings, including a pan-roasted snapper. 

Nguyen says the philosophy of respect for growers and produce extends to staff, who are offered a share of profits.

The site, on the corner of Pennys Lane and Kings Cross Road, has had a rocky food history.

It housed Tom Kime's Ceru restaurant, wine bar Time to Vino and originally shared the almost identically named Penny's Lane.

"I was just told that by a neighbour; we had no idea," Nguyen says.

Open Mon-Tue 7am-2pm; Wed-Sun 7am-9pm.

Corner Kings Cross Road and Pennys Lane, Kings Cross, 02 9295 8850,