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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Pop-ups are all the rage, and not just in hipster precincts. Woy Woy Fish­er­men’s Wharf is my week­end lo­cal on the NSW cen­tral coast and it has been go­ing strong for more than 40 years. Spank­ing fresh and sus­tain­able seafood is its trade, both in the re­tail area and at take­away ta­bles out front and the pleas­antly jum­bled res­tau­rant on the pier. Pel­i­cans pa­trol the sur­round­ing wa­ter­way and the feel is coastie-ca­sual. Matty Ben­nett of soon-to-open The Lucky Bee is NYC was the first “takeover” chef to star here and last week­end Mat­teo Zam­boni of Pilu at Syd­ney’s Fresh­wa­ter wowed the crowds with his Si­cil­ian-inspired dishes, in­clud­ing a sun­shine­coloured cap­sicum risotto with al­ba­core tuna and pre­served le­mon, plus a green pea pan­na­cotta with pineap­ple and sor­rel. Next “hat­ted” chef on the din­ner agenda is Troy Rhoades-Brown (pic­tured) of Muse in the Hunter Val­ley (Novem­ber 6-7), fol­lowed by Khanh Nguyen of Mr Wong (De­cem­ber 4-5). Stand by next year for a monthly ros­ter that will in­clude Sepia’s Rhys Con­nell, Ben­ne­long’s Troy Crisante, Aria’s Ben Turner and a clutch of other top Syd­ney chefs. From $80 a head; the more the mer­rier at your ta­ble, as dishes are de­signed to share. More: woy­woy­fish­er­menswharf.com.au/woy-woy­take-over.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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