One of Rundle Street’s most revered establishments is shaking things up this Fringe and bringing some, literally, firey cuisine to regulars and Fringe dwellers alike.
Tiger Mountain at The Exeter, will be a food stall bringing foodies, scensters and hospo crew together, at the corner of Vaughan Place and Rundle Street. The venture is the brainchild of three friends with a love of daring contemporary cuisine and a fondness for the Exeter, a cult institution for the diaspora of the city’s laid-back indie subcultures.
Former Orana and George’s chef Jack Winfield will man the kitchen with rising chef Angus Love, who has cut his teeth under Simon Bryant, Quentin Whittle of Stones Throw and Shannon Fleming of StreetADL. Also involved is serial hospo entrepreneur and man-about-town, Mark Kamleh. Kamleh is currently manning the bar at Clever Little Tailor, after building his wine repertoire at East End Cellars and Cantina Sociale, and occasionally running his cult food stall Hommus Where the Heart Is. Sugar and Ancient World regulars would also recognise him as one third of Skin Contact DJs, who’ve attained somewhat of a cult status over the past year for their raucous party nights.
As a cue to what to expect, Love exhorts that he’s long been captivated by “the unpredictable, yet controllable intimacy of fire.” He has aspirations of Tiger Mountain departing from a sterile dining culture, instead, forging a sense of social connectivity, effusing: “the flame draws people together, be it over a brisket or a pumpkin.” He says he and Winfield will be effectively cooking the food he wants to eat after a tiring hospitality shift and after having “smashed a few jugs at the best pub in the world.”
Kamleh points out that the food will change from week to week, but describes it as “thoughtful and refined, but above all, accessible and delicious.” He’s also keen to extol the virtues of Exeter’s expansive wine range, describing it as the “broadest, most considered and above all, most well priced wine lists of any CBD pub.” One can’t help but get the feeling he’s spent plenty of time cosying up to the bar staff sampling most, if not all of the board.
Tiger Mountain at The Exeter will run from Friday, Saturday, Sunday of Fringe from – From 17th Feb to March 19th at the Exeter’s corner entrance where Vaughan Place meets Rundle Street.