Weekly vegetarian banquets by an ex-Ottolenghi chef for just $39, plus local wines on tap

On 20 June, Richmond wine bar WAYGOOD will launch Neighbourhood Nights, warming up Tuesdays throughout winter with a weekly-changing vegetarian banquet that nods to newly-appointed Head Chef Brad Cunningham’s time helming Ottolenghi in London.

“I love the generosity of Middle Eastern cuisine — its spirit ties in perfectly with WAYGOOD’s neighbourhood focus. We’re thrilled to have Brad on board and can’t wait for him to share his food with Richmond,” says Owner Martin Pirc.

Cunningham says, “We arrived at Neighbourhood Nights because Martin and I wanted to create something nourishing and accessible the whole community could be a part of. We hope everyone feels they can make WAYGOOD’s dining room their own for the night. My focus will be cooking honest, seasonal, colourful and flavoursome food.”

Priced at $39pp and changing weekly, the premier menu will see patrons will nibble on small bites like za’atar spiced pita chips, marinated Mount Zero olives and house pickles upon arrival, before moving on to dishes including:
● Green falafel and yoghurt & coriander flatbreads with fermented capsicum & chilli sumac sauce
● Lentil tabouli, pickled currants, tamari seeds
● Beetroot hummus with everything bagel seasoning
● Whole roasted cauliflower, burnt honey, preserved lemon
● Crispy brussel sprouts, tahini maple dressing, sweet herbs

All dishes can be tweaked to accommodate vegans joining the party, while those looking to beef it up can add the protein of the week, such as lamb shoulder, baharat, golden raisin, green olive & caper ($34 for 2pax, $66 for 4pax) or select from desserts, including mulled wine spiced pear crumble, rosewater & rhubarb sorbet.

Drinks will be kept local and at neighbourly prices, with $10 glasses of 2022 Konpira Maru Rosé and $12 drops of 2021 Massena ‘Cellar Selection’ Shiraz, or 500ml carafes at $30 and $35, respectively.

Neighbourhood Nights will launch on Tuesday, 20 June, with menus announced weekly on Instagram (@waygood.richmond) and via the WAYGOOD newsletter (sign up at

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