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Krakatoa! The most exciting food news we’ve had this year

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Hold onto your belts Canberra—somewhere new and adventurous is opening up on our food circuit!

Next week, a new high-end pop-up restaurant from the creative forces behind AKIBA, Sage and Kokomo’s is opening its doors.

From Wednesday, Krakatoa will be taking Canberrans on a culinary adventure to South-East Asia via the flavours of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

And all you need to do is get yourself into Civic.

The Harrington brothers have spent the last six weeks fine-tuning their latest venture, saying Canberrans deserved a new culinary experience in a year where we have all been relatively housebound and ordering in.

And it is going to be an exhilarating South East Asian barbecue and charcoal affair under the skilled hands of executive chef Johnon MacDonald and head chef Struan Preston.

As the weather warms up across out city, imagine sitting down for an eight-course menu featuring a Thai beef and macadamia pie tee, tempura oyster with nashi pear and betel leaf, BBQ Padron with baby corn and whipped nuoc cham, kurobuta pork belly with prawn and peanut brittle sambal, charcoal-roasted rainbow trout with young coconut and avocado salad, wood-fired duck curry with lychee and chicken-fat rice and finished off with Krakatoa fruit salad and chilli-smoked chocolate with dragon fruit and ginger ice cream.

Peter Harrington said the concept was to do something exotic to entice people back into the dining scene after a year that was best described as “difficult” for restauranteurs and food-lovers across the city.

The pop-up will be located in Kokomo’s but will be built within the structure of the across two floors with a few dramatic design flourishes to ensure people felt whisked away to new surroundings.

“We are basically walling off a new dining experience within Kokomo’s, which obviously allows us the space to get creative.”

While the food is quite complex, Peter said the aim was to keep the menu accessible, at just $80 a head, with matching tiki cocktails for $30.

For those who find the menu a little too carnivorous, the chefs will provide a full vegan menu to allow all bases to be covered.

“We are pretty excited. It is great to be focussed on something new and adventurous and these sort of flavours aren’t available like this in Canberra.”

“We have put a lot of work and effort into doing something exotic for the city, and we hope people can enjoy the experience.”

Krakatoa will be open on Fridays for lunch between 11.30 and 2.30 and for dinner on Wednesdays through to Saturdays, from 6 pm-10 pm.

Peter noted that with limited seating available, bookings were essential.

THE ESSENTIALS

Krakatoa Pop-Up is opening from Wednesday
When: Friday lunch and Wed-Sat for dinner
Where: Inside Kokomo’s, 1 Genge Street Civic
Book at: krakatoabbq.com.au

All images by Crewcible Studio

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