Putting din­ers in New York state of mind

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - with Belinda Cipriano

WHILE the real No­to­ri­ous B.I.G is rest­ing in a gang­ster’s par­adise, an in­spired cock­tail hon­our­ing the Brook­lyn rap­per can be found sit­ting com­fort­ably on the menu of Clare­mont’s lat­est ad­di­tion – Brook­lyn Lounge.

For­merly Madrid ta­pas bar, this cool Ital­ian- Amer­i­can restau­rant of­fers pa­trons a re­laxed at­mos­phere with tasty food and drinks - the Bar­bara Streisand, Al Capone and Mike Tyson, just to name a few.

Owner George San­nino, who has worked in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try for about 18 years man­ag­ing bars, clubs and pubs in Perth and the United King­dom, said he thought it was time he re­alised his life­long dream.

“I started in hos­pi­tal­ity as a glassy back in 1996 and I’ve been in the in­dus­try ever since. But six months ago I de­cided to go after the dream I’ve had since start­ing and open my own place,” he said.

San­nino said he wanted to pay trib­ute to both his Ital­ian her­itage and hon­our his love of old-school hip-hop and rhythm and blues, some­thing he does ev­ery Wed­nes­day dur­ing hiphop and hot dog night.

“We re­ally wanted to do an Amer­i­can/Ital­ian place,” he said.

“We knew we would be play­ing a lot of old school hip-hop and RnB and Brook­lyn is a hub for both that style of mu­sic and Ital­ian- in­spired Amer­i­can restau­rants. We thought the name would work per­fectly and we de­signed the look around it.”

Work­ing with par- owner and man­ager Damon Mule, also an in­dus­try veteran, the duo en­listed the ex­per­tise of head chef Alessio Bres­ciani.

“He has been work­ing as a chef since he was 14,” San­nino said.

“He’s worked in Italy, the UK and now here and at 23 years of age he has taken the vi­sion Damon and I had with the help of my mother, the best Ital­ian cook I know, and taken to a level we could not have imag­ined – we re­fer to him as the won­der kid.”

The Brook­lyn Lounge serves ev­ery­thing from the hum­ble burger to a hang­over plat­ter – on Sun­day, of course, but San­nino rec­om­mends the egg­plant parmi­giana, 12- hour slow cooked ribs and wild mush­room risotto Arancini.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425243

Brook­lyn Lounge own­ers George San­nino (left) and Damon Mule with chef Alessio Bres­ciani (cen­tre).

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