MERIVALE OPENS ‘THE CHICKEN SHOP’
Merivale is set to open The Chicken Shop, its new takeaway rotisserie outlet on Sydney’s Oxford Street, this Friday 27 January. Located in the small shopfront next to The Paddington, The Chicken Shop will serve take-away only rotisserie meats, salads and sandwiches by culinary heavyweight Ben Greeno.
Greeno, whose CV includes Momofuku Seiobo, Michelin-starred Sat Bains and the world’s best restaurant, Noma, moved from the rarefied air of fine-dining to lead the culinary charge at The Paddington in 2015. Now Executive Chef of Merivale’s Paddington precinct, he has designed a short and snappy menu using thesame specially-imported, custom-made French rotisseries that typify the pub.
The Chicken Shop’s aim is to make life as easy (and flavourful) as possible. As Greeno says “eating out is a pleasure; cooking at home can be joyful, or maybe just a necessity, but sometimes you want nothing more than to grab some takeaway and have an easy night”.
In addition to the succulent poultry, The Chicken Shop will roast a selection of meats and seafood that change every night – ocean trout, pork belly, lamb rump, glazed ham and beef rump. The roast will be served alongside a selection of fresh salads including 'cos lettuce with avocado, radish and pumpkin seeds’, ‘chickpeas, tomato, cucumber and feta’ and ‘green beans with hazelnuts and shallots’, and sizzling sides – fries, roasted carrots with sunflower seeds and potato gratin.
It’s the lunchtime sandwich offering that Greeno is most excited about. “I’ve actually wanted to do a sandwich place for a while,” says Greeno. “We’re using bread from Brickfields which holds up really well – it doesn’t fall apart in your hands and is easy to eat”. Think ‘glazed leg ham with comte, Dijon mustard and pickle’, ‘hot chicken, jalapeno and pickled carrot’ or ‘fish fingers with crushed edamame, yuzu and togarashi’, a throwback to Greeno’s childhood in the UK.
Merivale’s first solely dedicated takeaway shop is the latest addition to its thriving Paddington precinct. The Paddington opened in November 2015, serving Sydney’s finest rotisserie meats, fish and vegetables, alongside world-class cocktails. Late last year, the highly anticipated Fred’s opened to critical acclaim two doors down, led by an alum of Chez Panisse and the Napa Valley’s three-Michelin-starred French Laundry, Danielle Alvarez. The basement of is home to Charlie Parker’s, a local bar with stunning interiors and produce-driven cocktails that echo Alvarez’s focus on enhancing quality ingredients.
THE CHICKEN SHOP
Monday - Sunday, 12:00pm - 9:30pm
382 Oxford St Paddington NSW 2021
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Originally a fashion house, Merivale, owned by the Hemmes family, has been established in Australia for over 60 years. The Hemmes family are developing and operating pioneers within the hospitality industry, owning a portfolio of more than 60 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. Justin Hemmes is the Chief Executive Officer of Merivale.