Hot venue: Lazy Suzie

Stanley Street in Sydney's Darlinghurst welcomes a new Malaysian hawker-themed bar and restaurant.

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Stanley Street in Sydney’s Darlinghurst welcomes a new Malaysian hawker-themed bar and restaurant.

Changing perceptions of Malaysian food, owner Derek Puah and owner and executive chef Zacharay Tan are introducing Sydneysiders to hawker-style street eats from Penang for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Moving away from a focus on the signature brunches at Devon Café and Devon on Danks, Tan has sought to explore a different concept with the street food he grew up with in Penang.

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“There was a gap in Sydney food for Malaysian hawker food where people could go to eat and drink in a casual space, and Lazy Suzie includes many traditional dishes but using native Australian produce,” said Tan.

“I spent a month last year in Malaysia eating and drinking in Penang to research the street food by hawkers who have been perfecting their craft for years.”

Offering a new take on Malaysian cuisine, signature dishes include Lam Mee birthday noodles, Penang char koay teow, Hainan-style silken tofu with Australian succulents, and the ABC shaved blue-pea flower ice with bubur cha cha and taro ice cream adding a colourful touch to the sweets selection.

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Bar manager Marco Oscar Oshiro Giron (ex Cruise Bar) has created a quirky cocktail list, drawing inspiration from street food flavours.

“I wanted to pay homage to Malaysian flavours in drinks derived from the Kopitiams (coffee shops) and mamak stalls, but putting a twist on them in a non-conventional way,” said Giron.

Ingredients like pandan, jasmine and lemongrass make an appearance, with signature drinks including the Rama-Rama Spritz (gin, blue-pea flower, jasmine, citrus, dandelion and Burdock bitters), Kopi Tiam (cognac, cold drip coffee liqueur, coconut, cardamom and espresso), and Teh Tarik (whiskey, rosemary, green tea, nashi pear, teapot bitters).

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Opening for brunch over the weekend, Lazy Suzie incorporates Zach’s signature pan-Asian twist on breakfast food, with the Lazy Suzie Scotch egg, roti B.E.L.T, and buttermilk pancakes with banana and roasted coconut ice cream, together with a selection of Devon Café pastries.

With a fit out by Matt Woods Designs, Lazy Suzie features a deliberately moody atmosphere, seating up to 50 people. A striking interlocking neon light sculpture is a loose and tongue-in-cheek reference to the lazy Susan of old, while the venue features natural, recycled and locally sourced materials. Fire-charred timber, oxidised copper, steel and marble create a dark and intimate experience.

Lazy Suzie is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and brunch Saturday and Sunday only.

Lazy Suzie is located at 78 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst.



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