Salt Meats Cheese replaces Popina Kitchen in Gateway Sydney
Salt Meats Cheese by Massimo Mele is located within Gateway Sydney at Circular Quay, in the site formerly known as Popina Kitchen, which was a joint venture between Salt Meats Cheese and North Bondi’s Shuk cafe.
Mele (La Scala on Jersey, Hugos Group) and head chef James Roberts (Alpha, Civic Dining, Chez Deel) have created a modern menu influenced by Mele’s version of the Italian food he remembers growing up with.
Mele said the menu has been shaped to suit the CBD clientele.
“The pizza bases are Roman-style which are easier and quicker to eat so better suited to those after a quick lunch and we’ve got a range of dishes to appeal to those entertaining clients as well as tourists who want to pop in and enjoy some great Aussie produce,” he said.
“Essentially the menu is a collection of my memories from time spent growing up in Italy plus my regular trips back with some twists and turns along the way and a bit of refinement from James.”
The menu features a range of starters and antipasti, such as meatballs with grilled bread and twice-cooked octopus with Jerusalem artichoke, olives, lemon and almond puree. The house-made pastas include Neapolitan staple Paccheri Genovese, a 12-hour slow-cooked ragu of wagyu beef and pork cheeks, and tagliolini with raw tuna, rocket, garlic, chilli and capers. There are eight pizzas to choose from, each made Roman-style with a thinner base, plus a range of mains and dessert.
In addition to a new Salt Meats Cheese Group wine list, curated by Adriano Risi, Mele will also offer a selection of his favourite wines by the glass and bottle. His Tasmanian heritage shines through with the collection featuring a number of Tassie wineries as well as some Italian varietals.
On top of the 110-pax venue, building works have begun for the rooftop, which is expected to open in December.