Re-potting an institution
The Pot Food & Wine – Simon Kardachi’s longest-running venue sits on our very own King William Road has relaunched in July with a new team, a new menu and a new look.
The partnership of restaurateur Simon Kardachi (Shobosho, Press Food & Wine, Osteria Oggi, Bread & Bone, Melt CBD & Hyde Park, Maybe Mae, Proof) and chef Emma McCaskill (Narisawa, Sat Bains, Tetsuya’s, Ezard and Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant) will take the restaurant to another level.
The Pot is Kardachi’s original venue, established in 1999 as the Melting Pot. McCaskill joined the team early May and has been slowly introducing her signature cooking technique, inspired by nature and with a focus on clean, fresh ingredients. The menu will continue to showcase local suppliers (eg Ashley Park lamb, Mayura Station wagyu, Wakefield Grange lamb).
Kardachi believes McCaskill brings a cooking style, attitude and food philosophy that is the next natural evolution for the restaurant:
“Emma adds a technically brilliant touch to carefully selected produce, and the result is a more refined, more sophisticated menu that still delivers a sense of warmth and generosity that The Pot had become known for”.
Studio –Gram, proven collaborators for other Kardachi ventures (Osteria Oggi, Shobosho), have given the venue a facelift. Attention to detail has been key to the spruce, from the integration of Tom Gleghorn’s artwork through to the crockery; McCaskill has commissioned plates to be custom produced by Jordan Gower from the Jam Factory and Ion Fukazawa, Sydney.
The kitchen has also had a makeover. McCaskill has embraced the challenge of the Pot’s intimate space, and has pulled together a supporting team of Finton Rowe (who worked with Emma at Magill Estate) and Hannah Jeffery (ex- Peel St restaurant).
“We have been working hard over the last few weeks to get the kitchen into shape. I’ve designed a menu that is accessible, not too formal, and one that will constantly evolve and reflect the best produce that we can deliver to the table each day. I’m excited about what we have created and where we are taking this”.
Michael Murphy heads up the front of house team; a sommelier with over 25 years in the game, inaugural Daniel Pontifex Memorial scholarship recipient and whose experience includes River Café in Hammersmith, Barolo in Piedmont, Willy’s Wine Bar in Paris, and Magill Estate.
‘The Pot by Emma McCaskill’ was launched on the 17th July, have you visited yet?