Chee Soon & Fitzgerald

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern will showcase the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 5 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our up-coming  Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

 

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald  was opened by an avid pair of collectors Bryan Fitzgerald and Casey Chee Soon in June 1996 on Crown Street, Surry Hills. Both passionate about the decorative arts, textiles and furniture ranging from the 19th century to contemporary pieces, over the years, textiles have become their foremost stock items. In 1998 they took over the fabric agency to wholesale and retail the Finnish brand, Marimekko in Australia.

The displays of Marimekko's bold prints and vibrant colours attracted the attention of clients of the late Marion Hall Best. A prominent and important importer, retailer and interior designer in Sydney from the 1940's to the mid 1970's. Best was a pioneer of the use of Scandinavian in modern Australian interior design. The range has expanded over the years to include: Jim Thompson silks (both vintage and new), original vintage Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Japanese grass weave wallpaper and Scandinavian studio glass and ceramics.

In April 2013, CSF relocated to their new home in the dynamic and raw creative hub of Redfern. In thier new location on Regent Street they have combined well designed and well made products in both vintage and contemporary pieces in one chic showroom.

The product range includes new pieces from both Australian and imported brands; Studio Lisa Bengtsson, Third Drawer Down, Marimekko, Seletti, Sandsmade, Cybelle Blakebrough, Berto Pandolfo, Trent Jansen, as well as their homebrand CSF. They have also  included one-off antique and vintage pieces ranging from African textiles and decorative arts to Japanese textiles, ceramics and folk art.

In addition CSF offer specialised services in made-to-order cushions, lamp shades and window treatment options to suit individual interiors and spaces.

Yellow Fever offers a fresh, gourmet take on the banh mi and other traditional favourites, fusing inner-city cafe culture with Vietnamese street food. 

Anthony Nguyen and his business partner Rosie Nguyen, began the venture a year ago with almost no hospitality experience. Anthony – who has a background in banking - spent 18 months refining the recipes and taste-testing different flavour combinations before they opened the café on Regent Street. 

The cafe has a minimalist aesthetic with a monochrome colour scheme of black & yellow  creating clean, sharp lines, in a room filled with natural light. To add a touch of personality, cuttings from Vietnamese-Australian newspapers, from Anthony's dad's personal collection, are papered across the back wall. 

The lunch menu is divided into three main offerings: rice paper rolls or "rollies", salad bowls with a choice of rice or vermicelli noodles, and banh mi.

 

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu

A mixed selection of Yellow Fever’s mini-rice paper rolls.

Including: Char-grilled Chicken / Five-spice Pork / Tofu, Tomato & Pineapple / Salmon & Dill

Accompanied by a glass of red or white wine