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This time of year it may be hard to draw yourself away from the Fringe related venues. However, if you’re looking for somewhere to avoid the insanity and the crowds that come with the festive season, head no further than Kenny Wang’s.
Extended onto the the side of Hotel Wright Street on (you guessed it) Wright Street, Kenny Wang’s is a pop up bar and outdoor eatery specialising in beer and dumplings.
My first visit was on a sunny Sunday afternoon the weekend they opened. I must admit, I was in an extreme state of seediness. The shenanigans of the night before had got the better of me. The weather was already reaching the high 30’s by midday so immediately upon arrival I grabbed a pint of beer and bottle of table water. Hair of the dog AND hydration, I felt my life was being restored.
Time for lunch. My fragile state drew me towards the greasier delights on the menu and between a couple of us, we shared the following: Prawn Crackers with Peanut Sauce, South Australian Prawn Toast with Kewpie Mayo and Black Sesame, Duck Rolls (think spring rolls) with Ginger Sweet Chilli Sauce and my favourite, the Thai Barra Dumplings with a spicy ‘Red Sauce’.
Some friends I bumped into who also happened to be giving Kenny a crack went for the lighter options. A Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad and the steamed Crab, Ginger and Shallot Dumplings with Nam Chim Thale. They also sipped a couple of the ‘Thai Gin Salad’ cocktails, a concoction of gin and Frangelico, packed with ginger, chilli, coriander, mint, lime and Thai basil.
The fit out is fun and colourful. The entry way gives the feel of a side street in Hong Kong and you pass a beautiful gold shrine before meeting the bar. There’s plenty of seating, both in sun and shade and amongst several Bonsai trees scattered throughout.
Above head are an abundance of lanterns that provide a lovely atmosphere by night. Staff say the vibe they are going for is casual and chilled. Good food, good booze and good tunes.
If you are familiar with the craziness which usually occurs next door at the pub on a Sunday afternoon, Kenny Wang’s is a relaxed alternative for your afternoon sesh or evening hangs.
Wed/Thu/Sat: 4pm – 12am
Friday/Sun: 12pm – 12am