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The CBD is getting an underground lunch hideout

Written by
Emily Lloyd-Tait

By now you might have already discovered the latest underground bar in the CBD, Door Knock. But if you're not much for after-work hangs, or you just want to treat yourself to something fun for lunch you'll be stoked to hear that they're starting to open for lunches, starting today. 

From noon on Thursdays and Fridays you can cash in your cheat day card for a lunch that is remixing classic bar snacks with an Asian twist. Chef Coltaire Silva clocked time in the Fratelli Fresh kitchens, but here he is embracing his Filipino Japanese heritage on the menu. "I really wanted food that people can relate to on the menu, but with a edge," says bar owner Natalie Ng. "He gets experimental – the weirdest thing he's tried is an egg stuffed inside a beef fillet – somewhere between a carpetbag steak and a beef Wellington."

But the big winners on the menu are the cubic mac'n'cheese croquettes and the corndog dressed in sweet soy and mayo, both of which have earned their place on the daytime menu. They join sweet potato fries with Cayenne seasoning, oysters and bao buns. Those pillowy steamed pockets are new to the menu for lunch, and there's a pork belly edition with pickled ginger and spicy herb and cucumber salad, or if you're meat-free they do one with miso-glazed eggplant too.

They are also in the process of launching their private dining room where there will be whisky lockers so that you can buy the good stuff and keep it under lock and key to get out whenever you're in the building.

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