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A friendly atmosphere,
Central American cuisine and
an inventive breakfast menu
have made The Elk & Pea one
of Lonsdale Street's favourite
BY RACHEL PACKHAM
The NewActon fire of 2011 left
a void for regulars of Parlour
Wine Room. The Parlour family's
newest venue, The Elk & Pea,
was created, in part, to fill that
void, but the "eating house" is
making its own distinctive name for itself.
It's the third establishment for the
company, which also runs Knightsbridge
Penthouse, and the restaurant provides
casual dining and meals you can share.
Scattered throughout the interior are
glimmers of Parlour; salvaged furniture,
the pendant lights and, of course, the ever-
The peacock, which has been used
across the three Parlour businesses, takes
centre stage at the new eatery, along with
his woodland friend the elk. Peacocks are
perched across ceiling beams, elk heads
adorn the walls, while the bathrooms are
covered with collage artwork of the two
Along with crochet embellishments, a
collection of paintings attached to the ceiling
and a bird cage feature table, whimsical
touches can be found around every corner.
Marketing manager Minky Faber had a
hands-on role in the decorating, but says
the work in progress is expected to evolve
"When Parlour opened it was quite stark,
it had the beautiful furniture and it got
added to with the wallpaper and that kind
of stuff," Faber says.
"Knightsbridge is exactly the same ...
they turn into galleries. We like to have
environments that are interesting to be in.
It's not just about the food and the drink."
The food and drink still impresses on
its own. Parlour Wine Room chef, and co-
owner of The Elk & Pea, Nick Parkinson,
has created a lunch and dinner menu
designed for sharing and grazing.
"It's a casual affair. The theme of the
cuisine is certainly Mexican and Central
American," Faber says.
"We're pushing the street food aspect.
The thing that we liked about Parlour is we
liked everyone to share."
"A party of four would probably get two
or three street food things, like the goat
enchiladas, tacos and ceviche. Then they'd
get two meals to share, like the pork spare
ribs, jerk chicken and maybe a salad as well.
"It all comes out one after the other after
the other, there's no in and out, you can
stay here for as long as you want."
Faber says the breakfast menu is another
integral part of the success of The Elk &
Pea. Paprika spiced eggs and smashed
avocado with thyme butter mushrooms are
a couple of the tasty options.
The breakfast cocktail menu, which
includes an espresso tequila martini and
bloody Mary, offers an uplifting start to the
day. Cocktails continue into the evening with
an emphasis on the classics; margaritas,
martinis and caprioskas.
The wine list and selection of spirits has
been kept to minimum, but a lot of care has
been given to choosing ones that will stand
"We have a very small wine list but what
we are offering is what we think is quite
good value and different," Faber says.
"The spirits that we have on our back
bar are quite special. We don't have a lot of
spirits, but the ones that we've got are very
boutiquey and they're not readily found at
the bottle shop."
While Parlour Wine Room is set to re-
open in July, The Elk & Pea has proven to
be welcome addition to Braddon, which has
Faber has seen change very quickly over
the past few months.
"It's still got its old school industrial
charm, you've still got the panel beaters
tucked away behind the boutique shops ...
but in the last three months it has become
super trendy," Faber says.
"Where else do you have a place where
you have a Bottle-O, pole dancing, a cafe
and a Repco all next to each other?"
THE ELK AND PEA
A: 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
P: 6162 02222
PEACOCK'S NEW PARLOUR
The Elk & Pea, was created, in part, to fill the Parlour Room's void,
but the it is making its own name for itself. Photo: Daniel Spellman
BY RACHEL PACKHAM
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