On the leafy North Shore of Sydney you’ll find Lemon & Sin, a relaxed cafe-style restaurant in a former post office building. While the building may be historic, the dining experience is anything but.
Kunaal Singh and Alice Chen worked together in various licensed venues for years before focusing their energies on their own venture. The moniker, Lemon & Sin, is an inside joke that plays on Alice’s term of endearment, lemon, and Kunaal’s last name. The name stuck, and the pair continues to joke and work together at their Gordon restaurant.
Lemon & Sin takes you on a culinary tour – the menu draws upon influences from around the globe to offer a cafe-style breakfast and lunch, and relaxed tapas-style dinner. Two full-time chefs work alongside Kunaal to create a diverse menu. Born in Fiji, Kunaal loves fresh, bold flavours, and his intuitive cooking style has turned a childhood pastime into a full-time passion. The menu is inspired by the best of the season and the team uses as much local produce as possible to offer flavourful fare.
The tapas selection affords you the opportunity to sample all that the extensive menu has to offer. Start with pan-seared scallops with chorizo and vanilla carrot puree; Dutch bitterballen with French mustard, and betel leaves topped with smoked trout and sweet fish sauce, before moving on to the delectable meat dishes.
Here, you’ll find a creative fusion of flavours and cultures: five-spice duck breast with cauliflower puree and passionfruit sauce; Wagyu striploin with coriander dressing and chilli popcorn, and Chinese pork mince with bitter orange custard and roti will surely set the palate alight with bold strokes of flavour.
It’s hard to choose a standout but Lemon & Sin’s duck burger is a customer favourite. A soft milk bun is filled with succulent pulled duck, fennel pickle, prune mayonnaise, red onion and cos lettuce and served with fries – you’ll be craving another in no time.
Save room for dessert: banana fritters are served with peanut butter ice cream and salted caramel sauce, while the chocolate meringue burger boasts an unusual pairing of liquorice ice cream and lime syrup. It’s a combination that shouldn’t work, but all who try it will be converted.
Tapas is incomplete without a great glass of wine. Hand-picked by Kunaal, the wine list is as diverse as the menu, featuring delicious drops from all over the world. An extensive collection of bottles lines the bar, presided over by Stu The Cockatoo, a stuffed cockatoo passed down from the previous restaurant to Lemon & Sin.
Whether you enjoy breakfast outdoors or cosy up for wine and tapas in the rustic interior, you’ll sense the love that Kunaal and Alice invest into their suburban patch of culinary paradise.