An exciting new pop-up...
La Rosa The Strand is now home to an exciting new pop-up restaurant, transforming into a British Italian steakhouse, overseen by acclaimed chef Nicholas Hill.
The Milan Cricket Club has taken up residence on the second level of the stunning, heritage listed Victorian era Strand Arcade, featuring Hill’s unique take on British-European classics with some of Australia’s best rare breed and premium meat products. The pop-up will operate until the end of 2020.
Hill has added the same modern British flair to the menu at The Milan Cricket Club, with dishes including Scotch Egg & Oxford Sauce; Raw Beef on Dripping Toast; Grilled Tongue & Anchovy; Whole Flounder with Green Sauce & Lemon; and of course, the Pig’s Head Schnitzel Sandwich.
First and foremost, however, The Milan Cricket Club’s menu celebrates the Florentine T-Bone cut, a style of steak refined in Tuscany by English intellectuals in the 19th century. The Milan Cricket Club offers a dedicated selection of premium meats - each cut to 400g T-Bones - including Berkshire Pork, British Breed Rose Mallee Western Australian Beef, Suffolk Lamb and White Rocks Friesian Veal, all accompanied by a warm Yorkshire Pudding.
The concept was initially borne out of owner Nino Zoccali’s mixed Anglo-Italian heritage, a childhood obsession with football/soccer and his family’s century old livestock farming history in the south west of Western Australia.
Quizzed about the interesting pop-up moniker, Zoccali said “It’s a little known fact that some of Italy’s most important sporting clubs were actually set up by English fashion industry and other expats living in Italy in the 19th century. Italy’s oldest football club, Genoa CFC, was set up by the British and still carries the English Cross of St George in its team emblem. Today the club’s full title is still the Genoa Cricket and Football Club. Then there’s AC Milan, set up in 1889 as The Milan Football and Cricket Club - incidentally in the same year that construction started on Sydney’s iconic Strand Arcade. Milan also still proudly carries the English cross of St George in its emblem.”
Whilst ‘Milan’ is in the name, Zoccali insists that the pop-up is fundamentally British, brought together by Hill’s extensive experience in British and classic European cookery.
Hill’s impressive CV comprises a plethora of renowned establishments including 6 years alongside Brett Graham at London’s Michelin starred The Ledbury, as well as almost 3 years at Martin Benn’s esteemed fine diner, Sepia. Most recently Hill received significant acclaim at The Old Fitzroy Hotel, where Woolloomooloo locals fell in love with his mouth-watering interpretations of British pub classics.
Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30pm