When Sake culinary director Shaun Presland departed Sydney for London in 2019, he had plans to open a restaurant there.
"I ran a pop-up in Mayfair," he says. "We were going to do something permanent and sign another lease." That was March 2020. And then the pandemic hit.
He has run a successful takeaway operation out of a ghost kitchen for the past year, but says the call of home was strong.
Back in Australia, his first project is in Canberra, where Presland is consulting on a multi-restaurant and takeaway project.
"[Hospitality agency] Darling Crackles is involved, it's at the Canberra Centre. Taki restaurant will open in October, Inari a month or so later, as well a sushi and ramen takeaway," he says.