Opening early December 2019
Nestled in the new retail and residential space, Burwood Brickworks, Acre Farm & Eatery is set to be one of the largest urban agricultural projects in Australia, due to open in December 2019. Working alongside Frasers Property, the vision is to create the world’s most sustainable retail centre by achieving global accreditation under the Living Building Challenge TM.
The venue will consist of several assets, including an impressive restaurant surrounded by sprawling gardens, a café located within the large high-intensity greenhouse akin to an urban oasis – set on 2500sqm of productive urban agricultural land, an urban farm ensuring the best quality and freshest ingredients are used in the restaurant and a stunning weddings and events space.
Heading up the Acre kitchen is Brad Simpson (previously of Taxi Dining Room, Lamaro’s and The Pantry.) The restaurant is based around farm food experiences and the café will serve up fresh, healthy and sustainable sustenance. The coffee shop and store downstairs will offer grab-and-go bites and delicious sandwiches and cakes made in store. Some of Brad’s creations will include the likes of slow-roasted Western Plains pork knuckle with fennel, apple and lovage; tomato and caramelised onion tart with handmade burrata; duck liver parfait with cornichons and toast, and salad of charred zucchini with whipped goats curd and dukkah.
Brad said: The menu will borrow flavours and styles from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and local flavours. The main idea is that it’s approachable, tasty, honest, family food with a distinct connection to our rooftop farm, local producers, growers and fishermen.”
“When dining at Acre, customers can expect a warm and welcoming environment with delicious food and drinks cooked and served honestly, simply and with integrity. We want our dining room to be an extension of your home.”
Brad’s philosophy is centred around sustainable dining, responsible and ethical sourcing of local ingredients and being educated on the product from start to finish. “I believe in cooking with minimal wastage and to use everything that comes into my kitchen. I am far from an expert but I am on a mission to be a little bit better every day,” Brad explains.
The site will also feature a community centre with a hen house, composting, worms, bees, farm tours, workshops, cooking classes, and community volunteer opportunities. General Manager Nick Peters (previously of Mamasita) explains: “Acre aims to engage, educate and inspire people to talk about sustainability through offering unique experiences like guided tours, chefs tables, meet-the-maker tastings, twilight gardening, produce markets and kids programs to learn where food comes from”. The community centre will also serve as a learning hub to help ‘grow-your-own’, as well as offering a produce swap initiative and community engagement including daily yoga, tai chi and more.
Acre Farm & Eatery : opening early December 2019