Hooch & Co
Located at the base of the Jephson Hotel, Hooch & Co is a casual eatery and bar that specialises in Asian-inspired fare. The all-day menu features a mix of familiar staples, out-of-the-box options and dishes that draw inspiration from Japanese, Malaysian, Korean and Vietnamese cuisines – including breakfast mee goreng, Japanese okonomiyaki, sand-crab bagel benedict and indulgent breakfast doughnuts. Lunch offers up some similarly inventive fare, including the koji fried rice (koji-aged wagyu rib fillet, omelette, garlic, shrimp, roasted sesame dressing), carbonara tteokbokki (fried rice-cake ‘gnocchi’ with bacon, soft-boiled egg, and sweet-and-spicy bocconcini-cream sauce) and sticky roast pork belly and lime-compressed watermelon salad. Coffee comes from The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in Sydney, while other drinks include cold-pressed juices and loaded milkshakes. From Thursday to Sunday, Hooch & Co opens its bar until late, pouring mainstream and craft beers, a selection of more than 35 wines, and classic cocktails. The kitchen also serves up a small spread of snacks to boot – think arancini, jerky boards and cheese platters.