60 BAYSWATER RD, RUSHCUTTERS BAY WEAREACME.COM.AU
The Italian-meets-Asian Australiana cuisine of Mitch Orr was founded in the realms of dude food, but there is a sophisticated maturity to the plates at ACME that’s really quite impressive.
Jatz are served with whipped cod roe, and you can still get Orr’s spin on the Aussie devon and tomato sauce sandwich – although here it’s LP’s Quality Meats mortadella and a house-made tomato concasse.
There are seven pastas to choose from, perhaps shoot for strozzapretti with abalone and oyster mushroom, or veer closer to Asia with cold spaghetti, okra, sesame and ponzu.
An energetic wine list by Ed Loveday, cool (loud) beats, affable service and a series of private nooks for a boisterous crowd make ACME one of the best nights out in Sydney.
■ Must-eat dish Wagyu topside carpaccio ‘halal snack pack’
■ Cuisine Contemporary
■ Chef Mitch Orr
■ Price $$$
■ Bookings Yes
■ Open Brunch Sat; dinner Tue-Sat