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by Mike

Mike McEnearney is executive-chef and owner of No. 1 Bent St Sydney and Kitchen By Mike.

A strong belief, and trust in simplicity, generosity and sustainable wholefoods forms the foundation of both Mike’s personal and food philosophy. The joy of eating real food, in its purest form is at the helm of all his endeavors.

He began his career in 1990, cooking at Sydney’s internationally renowned Rockpool, before moving to London, where he worked at the Michelin-starred Pied a Terre, and ran the kitchens of Mezzo, Bluebird, The Pharmacy and Scott’s.

Mike returned to Australia in 2006 to lead the kitchen at Rockpool in Sydney. In 2010 he spent a year baking at Iggy’s Bread of the World, then in 2011 launched Mike’s Table, an acclaimed underground dining experience that rapidly gained cult status. Kitchen by Mike opened in February 2012 and was swiftly awarded Best Café in the Time Out Sydney Food Awards.

The ingenious canteen style eatery, champions egalitarian dining and the use of the best local and seasonal produce.

In 2014, Mike pioneered the creation of Australia’s first urban physic garden, putting a new spin on the kitchen garden, and underpinning his long held belief that food is medicine. The garden was planted using 5 beds of medicinal herbs as a learning space to inspire wellbeing, reminding visitors that we are what we eat.

The magic he has worked on so many different levels is a result of his complete focus, absolute love, and, above all, utmost respect for the process and the produce.

A natural evolution from the hugely successful Kitchen By Mike, No. 1 Bent Street will offer a slightly more refined dining experience, while still maintaining Mike’s egalitarian, generous spirited and approachable attitude to food and eating out. For Mike, No.1 Bent St gives him the freedom to cook beyond the canteen, to create stand-alone dishes with a few more steps involved.

His award- winning cookbook “Kitchen by Mike” was published in August 2014 by Penguin Lantern, and was given the 2015 Gourmand award for Best Cookbook written by a chef in the world.

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Mike’s Lunch Menu — read more

Take the pressure off and let us take care of you.

Bar Snacks & Cocktail Menu — read more

We are excited to launch our new Bar Snack & Cocktail menu, now available at lunch and dinner.

Pre Theatre Dinner — read more

Book your pre theatre dinner at No.1 Bent Street for a quick casual meal from 5.30pm.

Group Bookings — read more

We take group bookings from 8 to a maximum of 26 guests on our two large tables.

Now Open — read more

We are always on the lookout for dedicated staff to join our team.