Crafty Dining in East Sydney

This October we are proud to present our third Crafty Dining experience as part of Sydney Craft Week and Good Food Month.

This time we are heading for East Sydney, showcasing the rich variety of contemporary furniture design, vintage fashion and dining options on the streets of East Sydney and Potts Point.

Australian Design Centre

We first discovered the Australian Design Centre in the early 2000’s when we a started attending various design shows at the original gallery. Situated in the beautiful circular space - which was formally the chapel of St Margaret’s hospital -and once the third largest maternity hospital in Sydney. We loved the colourful stain glass windows and parquet floor designed and built by Ken Woolley in 1958.

In those days the Object Store was downstairs from the gallery space, save for the very special ceramic & glass pieces installed on the shelves in front of the stained glass wall. The office was housed in a separate building next door to St Margaret’s.

Now the Australian Design Centre is on William Street on the border of Darlinghurst and Wooloomooloo and is the leading centre for contemporary craft and design in Australia.

Playing a critical role in building a significant design culture for Australia by nurturing a nation of innovative makers and thinkers and inspiring audiences to use design in their lives.

ADC celebrate the work of Australian artists who embrace the highest degree of craftsmanship and who continually explore material, process and ideas to advance contemporary design practice. Their program features more than 200 designers and has generated over $1.2m in revenue for designers through artist fees and the sale of work in the last five years. Through their creative programs and partnerships, ADC reach an audience of more than 390,000 people nationwide each year.

Whether presenting dynamic and high quality exhibitions, publishing, retail, digital or educational activities, we’re determined to give craft and design the best and brightest voice possible. ADC are a catalyst for new thinking and offer a design interface for our communities.

Most importantly, ADC inspire people by stimulating their curiosity and encouraging those around them to believe in the power of design.

Lankan Filling Station

We have loved the magic of O Tama Carey cooking since we first discovered Berta - a very glamourous Italian dining room - in the back streets of Surry Hills.

These days Tama has her own place with Lankan Filling Station, which was warmly received by industry and punters alike, when it opened late last year at the Darlo end of Riley Street. The kitchen team are equally obsessive about the flavours of Sri Lanka as the owner once was in her previous job creating amazing and innovative Italian dishes.

Everything from condiments to curries is served in handcrafted ceramics whose contents you are encouraged to encase in hoppers - bowl-shaped pancakes made from a two-day ferment of coconut and rice flour. This is definitely an eat-with-your-hands dining room.

Lankan Filling Station believe in sustainability in all areas of their business and constantly aim towards this ideal. Whether from Sri Lanka or locally sourced our criteria is the same, they want their ingredients to be grown, raised, sourced or fished with a conscience. Some of the people LFS is proud to work with. include:

Randall - who supply LKS with their stone-grind rice to make the flour used for the hopper batter.

Feather & Bone - supply LFS with their meat which is of the highest standards.

Rural Returns - A not-for-profit company in Sri Lanka, they run a program helping small-hold farmers grow and supply largely forgotten heirloom rice varietals. They have a variety of red and samba, or village, rices available all with specific healthful Ayurvedic properties.


Lankan Filling Station | Mukukku, Cashew Nuts & Pan Rolls - beef & vegetarian

Wine match: Brown Paper Bag | Brown Paper Wine Prosecco & Brown Paper Wine Sangiovese