Crack open a cold OB lager, pals – the Moon Park team are back on the pans from mid-July.
Former Moon Park co-owners Ben Sears, Eun Hee Ann and Ned Brooks are opening new joint Paper Bird at the old Bourke Street Bakery site on Crick Street in Potts Point. Bourke Street Bakery co-founders David McGuiness and Paul Allam are on board as private partners.
The hatted Moon Park closed in September last year. It collected many fans during its three-year stint opposite Redfern Park, rocking modern Korean food and fresh, eclectic, exciting wines.
Co-chefs Sears and Hee An are expanding on their love of Korean cooking and the menu will also look to Japan, China and Taiwan for influence. Plus, there's breakfast.
"Korean is the food of Eun's heritage but we also want to explore what we eat now, the food that we talk about and what excites us when we go out," Sears says.
Breakfast dishes will include a ham and egg bao, toasted muesli with dried persimmon and coconut, and rice porridge with mushrooms.
An all-day menu will kick off at the 60-seat restaurant from midday. The shrimp-brined chicken is back (applause!) and joined by ttokbokki (Korean rice cake), a scallion pancake with creme fraiche, herbs and chilli, and raw kingfish with crab and miso.
Brooks is back on the floor and pour with a list running to almost 100 wines, 20 of which will be available by the glass. While Brooks is pulling the initial natural-leaning wine list together, Tai Tate (Mary's) will manage the booze thereafter.
And what of the not-so-naturally-made Korean OB lager that was such a hit at Moon Park? Will it be making an appearance?
"Of course," Brooks says. "You've got to have a shitty Korean tin."