“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use, do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon
In Surry Hills one guy is reinventing the idea of the evening meal by opening his space for a weekly gathering of friends & strangers. So grab yourself a seat, pass the wine & pitch in because this is neighbourhood dining at it’s very best. The project is called Table for 20. The idea behind this project is to create a completely new experience in the dining market. Bucking the trend of fancy restaurants & one hat wonders, this is family orientated communal neighbourhood dining at its best.
The idea behind Table for 20 is to create a space where Surry Hills locals can interact with others in their community with a percentage of profit going to the charity which owns the building the restaurant is in. The experience plays out as a neighbourhood supper where local people come & pay a modest set fee to dine at the communal tables. As is Michael Fantuz’s specialty, the food is festive Italian with a twist. Fantuz is a man who clearly loves his food and can constantly be seen running up and down tables dishing out a vintage olive oil or rare Buffalo Mozzarella or even a plum mustard which we enjoyed on the night we were there. The food is undoubtedly exceptional, but unlike other restaurants, Fantuz shuns the idea of food reviewers and would instead prefer them to come & make a contribution to the mission. “I have no need for fancy hats or stars” Fantuz says, “I’ve finally found an opportunity to do what I love and help out people along the way.”
The price includes three courses – a starter, main and dessert. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive on one of the nights where Michael’s mother has been commissioned to create her famous homemade Tirimisu. It’s certainly worth the wait!
I admit it, this is a shameless plug for what I think is a great restaurant concept but if you haven’t been, you’re missing out. Check out the blog www.tablefor20.blogspot.com and do yourself a favour, make a booking.
There are thousands of normal restaurants in Sydney.
This is not one of them.
PS > If communal dining is not your thing, Sticky Bar upstairs [pictured above] is a great place to drop by for a drink and a nibble.