Danielle Alvarez cooked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California for nigh on four years and, after being recruited in May 2014 by Merivale, she has spent the last 18 months cooking everywhere from Coogee Pavilion to The Fish Shop while her own restaurant, Fred's, has been taking shape. At the March into Merivale launch, she previewed a panzanella of perfectly ripened summer tomatoes, lemon cucumbers and basil from First Farm Organics. Rich, thinly sliced and salted intercostal was grilled over charcoal and served with white beans and spring onion. It was a promising introduction. Fred's is set to open at the top of Oxford Street in Paddington. A wood-burning hearth is at the heart of the 60-seat restaurant, while there will also be a cocktail bar downstairs led by former Palmer & Co bartenders Sam Edgerton and Toby Marshall.
Fred's, 380 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, (02) 9240 3000
MAGGIE SCARDIFIELD, STAFF WRITER
Image: Danielle Alvarez
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