After 12 years at McKillop Street, mod-Asian restaurant Red Spice Road is moving to a new home, 100 metres up the road from the original, in the former Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery on Queen Street.
The move is the result of an impending redevelopment of the McKillop Street area, but owners Apples and Pears Entertainment Group see this as an opportunity to reinvigorate and bring a new energy to the restaurant.
Korean-born Sung-yuen Mo is stepping up as head chef and will introduce a whole new a la carte menu. Importantly, the cult-favourite pork belly with hot mint slaw, black vinegar and chilli caramel will remain.
Mammoth Projects are behind the fit out of the light-drenched former art gallery. The David Bromley artworks will make the move from McKillop Street, as will the huge red lantern. The Mike Eleven murals will be recreated as graphics in the private dining rooms at the new location.
A send-off party with DJs, a hawker-style food market, cocktails and a lion dance will be held at McKillop Street on August 24 (book at apeg.co).
Red Spice Road will then reopen at 141 Queen Street in early September.