Sydney's New Downtown: Kensington Street (Spice Alley & Glider KS) - Chippendale

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Chippendale is having a 'face-lift' with the addition of its new entertainment district, Kensington Street! The entire laneway is not fully operated now but it will soon be packed with shops, cafes, restaurants and the newly refurbished boutique hotel, The Old Clare, that will also include different dining experiences on site. 

Reynold Poernomo - MasterChef 2015 will also join Clayton Wells' Automata, Sam Miller's Silvereye with his new dessert bar that's set to open around mid-November offering fine-dining desserts at an affordable price. Chef Jason Atherton will also open his first Australian venue called Kensington Street Social that will soon become local hangout place as they open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Located opposite The Old Clare Hotel, Spice Alley becomes one of the Kensington Street's highlights that are currently happening with its hawker center ambiance offering Thai, Singaporean, Malaysian and Hongkong cuisines. 

You can choose to sit in the courtyard at wooden tables and spoil yourself with selections of food prepared by top Asian chefs, Alex Lee (ex-Temasek, Ginger and Spice) at Alex Kitchen, Tiw Rakarin (Mama's Buoi) at Bang Luck serving Thai and Vietnamese street food, Uncle Jim (from Uncle Jim's Mosman) at Old Jim Kee, and Hong Kong Diner

With its good reputation as one of the best chicken rice in Sydney, you can't simply miss Alex Lee's fragrant garlic ginger rice and  and his famous poached chicken. Served boneless, this moist and tender meat is served with chili ginger, dark soy sauce, and a cup of fresh chicken soup.

Decided to try other protein options, we're quite disappointed as the BBQ Crispy Pork Belly wasn't getting enough crisp skin and the Roast Duck was far too salty. So, I'll stick to the chicken one next time for sure.

When done right, Katong Laksa can be the most delicious food ever with its flavorful pack and definitely worth the sin. It's often said that the magic is in the broth, while Alex Kitchen's broth is creamy and light, for me it's still lacking the original sea flavour.

Dry Curry Noodle comes with a choice of beef rendang and curry chicken. We decided to pair this thin yellow egg noodle with beef rendang this time. Drenched in a savory light brown gravy sauce, the noodle was springy but the beef rendang wasn't that tender and a bit too dry for our liking.

Located just next to Alex Lee Kitchen, Old Jim Kee also shines with its Char Kuey Teow, one of nostalgic delicious Malaysian street food staple fried with lup cheong (chinese sausage), prawns, bean sprouts and egg. It was flavourful, sinfully oily but so good! Pair it with their flaky crust Curry Puff and Fried Chicken Wings for extra treats. 

Note that the payment received in Spice Alley is via Paypass, otherwise you can purchase a topped up Kopitiam card at the pay station.

Spice Alley Kopitiam
Kopitiam Spice Alley, Kensington Street (opposite Automata)
Opening Hours:
11am - 10pm daily 

Glider KS

If you longing for a good coffee, head over for a cup or two at this Glider Cafe's new establishment, Glider KS, located at the same area as the kopitiam. 


I have fallen head over heels in love with this cup and saucer set! The earthy appeal of these stoneware clay somehow resembles a cookie cup with milk glaze LOL!

Offering classic Sydney brunch with Thai-influence on its menu, I went along with the staff's suggestion to go with Ginger Chicken Burger with Thai Style Fried Egg. Chicken patty was delightfully flavorful and juicy, served with crispy runny-yolk sunny side up fried egg on lightly toasted bun.

This Crispy Duck Rice Paper Rolls are so light and colourful! Loaded with all the fresh vegetables and crispy shredded duck, in the end they just burst in your mouth with the luscious crunchy combination and will leave you craving for more.

Glider KS
Unit 9, Kensington Street, Chippendale
Glider KS Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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