From the guys who brought us Paddington’s hidden gem, Underwood Cafe, comes a healthy lunch spot just minutes from the CBD.
If you’ve called on Underwood in Paddington lately, you might have noticed that their space doesn't exactly look the same. The main dining area is closed and the seating area is notably smaller.
Breathe easy, they're not downsizing. They’re currently undergoing renovations and with no working kitchen or bathroom at the moment, they’ve decided the best course of action is to relocate closer to the city under the name One Five Two.
Here’s where the city-workers rejoice.
Similar to Underwood (situated on Underwood St, Paddington), this new outfit is named after its location: 152 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst. It’s a temporary pop-up just off Oxford Street that, according to owner Andrew McNamara “has quickly evolved into a healthy lunch spot with four or five daily salads and the same sandwich offerings [as Underwood] made just in time for those on their way to work each morning.”
Underwood has a sister pop-up and she’s in the heart of the CBD.
The vibe: Sweet and breezy.
Ideal for: Coffee hits, chocolate muffin lovers and work meetings.
Try the...Salads (they’re all good), $16
By the way...They’re just around the corner from Sony Headquarters, so you may even bump into a musician enroute to work.
Find them on Facebook: One Five Two
Four or five, or six or seven. It really depends on what chef Chris Holt is planning. “I’m making tomorrow’s menu now and I’ve got six there already,” he tells us sheepishly. The more the merrier, we say.
Now if you’re thinking that face and name is a tad familiar, you’re not mistaken. With Underwood slowing the pace a little, it’s sharing its staff between the two outfits. So yeah, that air of familiarity will still be present.
As will the same Will & Co. coffee and high quality salads – the latter of which you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Choose whatever makes your mouth salivate. Meaning, choose a bit of everything, because honestly, it’s all delicious. “You can also add protein to your salad,” pips in Chris. This, to make your meal that much heavier, which will work for anyone fighting to get through the daily grind. Like the salads, this changes daily too and can be anything from chicken to salmon.
While, admittedly, there are some new dishes on offer Andrew assures us that “some of our proven favourites will no doubt appear on the menu, too.” Yes, this includes Underwood’s renowned muffins, which are to be frank, HUGE and Instagram-porn inviting. You’ll find them displayed in a wooden box from the Underwood outfit at the counter, keeping the ham and cheese croissants and banana breads company.
But if there’s one thing we should warn you Underwood fans about, it’s the vibe. With its humble little hole-in-the-wall space, wooden tables, spray paint art and Sony HQ worker customers, this one’s drawing a noticeably different crowd. “People pop in on their way somewhere, rather than finding a ‘hidden garden’ as many refer to Underwood as and settling in for a few coffees or a long lunch,” says Andrew.
One Five Two will be around for eight short weeks, though in true pop-up fashion, could extend its lease if all goes well.
Our advice? Don’t hedge your bets. Visit today while you still can.
Address: 152 Liverpool St, Sydney
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday 9am-1pm