Southside and Kiki – Opening Soon
Joining Fish Lane’s culinary cadre later this year is Southside and Kiki – two new concepts from the hospitality group behind Rick Shores and Little Valley. Taking shape on the West End-side of Fish Lane’s Town Square hub, Southside is a multi-level restaurant that will be splicing together elements of both Rick Shores’ and Little Valley’s personas into something singular. The restaurant is housed in a narrow building bridging Melbourne Street and Fish Lane, and will feature multiple spaces for drinking and dining (plus a mezzanine private-dining space) with a mixed aesthetic described to us as “urban jungle meets ruined industrial temple” (Tonic Projects are spearheading the fit-out). Southside will cater to a broad spectrum of eaters, servicing pre-show snackers and leisurely feasters alike with a menu of Chinese-centric delights accentuated by pan-Asian influences (diners can expect a phenomenal dumpling and dim-sum selection). Simon Hanmer will be filling Southside’s head chef role, but he will be joined by newly appointed senior sous chef Benny Lam, who has just completed a stint at Emporium Hotel’s The Terrace, and was previously senior sous chef at Donna Chang. Situated in the heart of Town Square is Kiki – Southside’s casual sibling that will be slinging Bellissimo coffee, grab-and-go treats and banh mis by day, as well as tiki cocktails, margaritas, wine, Asian beers and Asian-inspired snacks at night. Taking cues from southeast Asian beach bars, Kiki will be a fun and casual meeting spot for Fish Lane diners, with the kiosk-style concept taking full advantage of its outdoor space and Town Square’s permanent liquor licence. Kiki is on track for a mid-November opening, while Southside will arrive in December.