|The front 'porch' of Kitchen by Mike, Dunning Avenue, Rosebery|
Prices are at the upper end of my spectrum, so I stuck to the food which happens to be on the pricey side as well.
|Kitchen by Mike indoor dining area|
Some of this produce is made available for sale, in addition to meats by Feather and Bone, cultured butter by the one and only Pepe Saya, and house-branded chutneys, jams and sauces.
|Freshly squeezed watermelon and ginger juice|
There were no smoothies available when we were there, so I settled for a freshly squeezed, blushing pink watermelon juice with the slightest hint of ginger.
|Roast pumpkin, feta cheese, basil, pine nuts tartine|
Nonetheless, it was a good chance to give our inner vegetarians what they wanted, including a picturesque tartine featuring some of the crunchiest bread ever (not recommended for false teeth). The pumpkin and salty cheese were perfect toppers, smooshed onto the bread, while the overall combination was very pleasant.
|Spinach and cheese quiche|
|Onion foccacia with fig and caramelised onion salad|
With sliced onion baked into the dough and a healthy helping of oil and salt flakes on top, the warmed up bread was sensational in terms of texture and flavour, with just a hint of sweetness from the onion. It completely outshone the small side serve of fig salad, which had well cooked vegetables tossed through.
|Peach, celery and radicchio salad|
|Cabbage, apple, hazelnut slaw|
The light meal was followed by a stroll through the Koskela showroom - as I think most diners did - where I resisted the urge to buy a giant, smooth, wooden wombat. Both the showroom and Kitchen by Mike will draw in a new crowd to Rosebery, and introduce a new style to the industrial streets of the south-east.