Luke’s Kitchen to Open in Waterloo

Luke’s Kitchen, a new venture and brand by Luke Mangan is opening in Waterloo later this month.

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen will occupy the space that was formerly MOJO by Luke Mangan at 8 Danks Street which is set to relocate to Sydney’s CBD later in the year.

Luke’s Kitchen

The Waterloo space has undergone a facelift with a contemporary palette of earthy green and blush pink is as backdrop to warm pendant lighting, retro finishes including a beaded curtain and a floral screen. Flexible seating now includes a new window benchtop looking onto leafy Danks Street, spacious wooden tables, and a bar. The back portion of the restaurant has been transformed into a dedicated function space with an open-style kitchen, able to cater for events large and small.  

Luke’s Kitchen

The menu will span moreish snacks, share-friendly plates and sides with modern Australian influence, as well as a few Mangan classics given a twist. A daily specials list rounds out the offering, including whole fish and hearty roasts for two, carved at the table. The kitchen will be headed by 29-year-old chef Mathew Leighton, a Sydney native who’s honed his culinary skills across a number of Mangan’s Asia-Pacific restaurants including glass brasserie, Salt tapas & bar, Salt grill & Sky bar, Luke’s, and Chicken Confidential.

Luke’s Kitchen

Dishes from the opening menu you’ll find Tasmanian ocean trout sashimi with nam jim and coconut yoghurt; Roasted organic chicken with cauliflower purée, asparagus and preserved lemon; and Barbecued West Australian marron with peach, celery and truffle honey.

A cocktail list by group mixologist Karl Higgins, complements a vast selection of top-shelf spirits, an extensive spread of wines by the glass, and bottles featuring a diverse offering of varietals and regions. Signature cocktails include The Australian by Luke Mangan – Gin, Cointreau, Hennessy, lime juice, Luke Mangan syrup (lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime), cranberry juice, lime zest; and The Dank – Cachaça, apple liqueur, pineapple juice, agave, fresh pineapple, coriander root.

Luke’s Kitchen is the latest restaurant concept by Mangan, with further rollout and expansion of the brand in sight for 2018.

Luke’s Kitchen opens on Thursday 15 February 2018.

Luke’s Kitchen
8 Danks Street, Waterloo
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4pm-late; Friday 12pm-late; Saturday 10am-late; Sunday: 10am-4pm

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.