Former Sake culinary director Shaun Presland to open Canberra project

Shaun Presland (pictured during his Sake days) is now consulting on a multi-restaurant and takeaway project in Canberra.
Shaun Presland (pictured during his Sake days) is now consulting on a multi-restaurant and takeaway project in Canberra. Photo: Chris Hyde

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.