Aussie chef Jesse McTavish is something of Bondi Beach royalty. Son of one of Australia’s most famous surfboard shapers, Bob McTavish, and the head of sustainable local seafood restaurant North Bondi Fish, Jesse makes food that’s rooted in the New South Wales coastline.

He’ll also be dropping by suburban Bangkok’s spacious green ode to Aussie food culture Sweet Poppy on May 25 for what looks on paper like a doozy of a wine dinner.
The five-course menu (paired with six wines and a welcome drink) draws on staples from the North Bondi a la carte menu like ceviche with coconut and cucumber, and tuna-on-betel-leaf appetizers, while adding in some meaty appeal in the form of beef fillet with wakame (edible seaweed) mustard and burnt onions.
Then there’s the price—at B2,600 including the wines, you know you’re not in downtown. Far from it. Located in Nonthaburi, around 15 kilometers north of central Bangkok, you can expect about a 30-40 minute ride to reach Sweet Poppy on a good run.
There you’ll be greeted by a family-centric urban day resort where mom and dad can eat bright and fresh Aussie brunch fare while kids run around in manicured gardens.
If anything’s going to tempt us to make the journey on a Saturday, it’s this. See the full menu in the flyer below.

7pm, May 25. Sweet Poppy, 90/10 Samakee Rd., Nonthaburi, 02-005-5206
Credit: Sweet Poppy