Aussie restaurateurs Rupert Noffs and Matty Bennett were the toast of New York City, so there was a bit of an adjustment when they recently swapped the Big Apple for the Central Coast.
They've transplanted their Lucky Bee restaurant from Manhattan's lower east side to NSW's Hardy's Bay on the Central Coast.
Rupert describes the restaurant’s dishes as seasonal and fresh and says they are a mix between Matty’s British heritage, his experience at Longrain and his training in farm to table at The Fat Radish in New York.
When it comes to their menu, think delicious Asian flavours, punchy street food with influences from Thailand, Vietnam and China paired with creative cocktails and an extensive wine list.
The couple didn’t move to the Central Coast on a whim. In 2015, a few years prior to opening, the pair tested the waters with a pop-up restaurant over two nights at Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf. Both evenings were sold out and it was then Rupert and Matty discovered the steady wave of professionals relocating from Sydney to the Coast who were seeking the same sophisticated food and impeccable service they were accustomed to in the city.
Most of the menu that earned them good reviews in New York and Woy Woy has trekked to Hardys Bay, with a couple of additions.