Flying Colours

Flying Colours, Simon Martin’s head-turning successor to Super Whatnot, is a welcoming neighbourhood hangout that’s all about good times. Looking to open a venue that not only serves good food and wine, but was accessible for all comers, Simon has taken over a split-level warehouse space on Vulture Street (previously home to Wandering Cooks) and converted it into multifaceted hub that boasts a great amount of indoor-outdoor versatility. Guests enter Flying Colours via a leafy courtyard, framed by a black chain-link fence, where a smattering of high and low tables (including many fabricated by Five Mile Radius) are shaded by tropical plants and vibrant Basil Bangs umbrellas. Inside the warehouse, the space is livened by new and repurposed finishes – a blush-pink bar, mint-green booth seating, perforated plywood wall details and an obnoxiously large disco ball that is practically begging to be danced beneath. Adjacent to the dining room (and dance floor) is what Simon calls the listening lounge, a space where Super Whatnot’s music legacy lives on, complete with leather banquettes, acoustic panelling and a pair of timber Pitt & Giblin speakers. While a dedication to good times and good music remains, the similarities with Flying Colours’ predecessor stop there. Food and wine is more of a focus here – you can sit down for a full meal or graze over shared plates and snacks. Diners can choose from a selection of charcuterie and cheese, or snack on the likes of Sydney rock oysters with vermouth vinaigrette, hash browns with smoked mullet roe and egg salad, or the signature FC hotdog with a smoked pork-cheek frankfurt and mustard. While the menu will change regularly and be guided by the best available produce, you can expect larger dishes such as grilled Little Acre mushrooms with egg yolk and Jerusalem artichoke, and pork cotoletta with winter greens and bone sauce. The Flying Colours wine list is centred predominantly around low-intervention and natural-leaning drops, with a chilled red and aromatic white from Jilly Wine Co. available on tap by the glass or carafe. The bar also dispenses Bizzarro cocktails on tap, alongside a selection of other libations.


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