Inspired by memorable meals in Tulum, the trio behind Wild Sage at Barangaroo, Miller’s Kitchen in Cammeray, and Whitton in South Eveleigh heritage Locomotive Workshop have opened their doors at King Street Wharf with their dream venture, Alegre. Alegre is an upmarket Mexican restaurant bringing beats, barbacoa, tequila & mezcals to Darling Harbour. The three young co-owners (all under 35) started working in Sydney’s restaurant scene together in 2007 and have long been planning their largest and most ambitious venue, Alegre, with a menu that pays homage to traditional Mayan cooking methods infused with distinctly Australian native ingredients (think finger lime, saltbush, pickled cumquat, king prawns and Jack’s Creek beef).
“The centerpiece of recreating a Tulum experience is in the sharing of food with friends. Mexican food brings people together. While Mexican food may seem simple a sauce will likely have more than 15 ingredients. The thought and complexity go beyond what you can visually see on the plate at Alegre. This mix of friends, food, and atmosphere creates the Alegre experience,” co-owner Rasel Rasheduzzaman said. “The menu showcases a different take on Mexican cuisine working with the complexities of traditional cooking and curing practices mixed with modern techniques to create beautifully executed dishes treating the taste buds to a moment in Tulum.” “Preserving, for example, is essential in traditional Mexican food preparation. Native Mexican ingredients aren’t available all year but through drying, pickling, and curing this food it can be enjoyed for longer. Techniques like cooking under the earth will be brought to Alegre; all sauces and meat will be cooked in charcoal.” “We can’t dig the earth at King Street Wharf to cook but we have the next best thing – the Jasper charcoal oven – smoldering day and night, around the clock. Charcoal heat cannot be controlled like an oven so precision and patience are paramount.” Alegre boasts a crude raw bar fusing Mexican curing techniques, a Josper charcoal oven for all meats and sauces, and an overabundance of mezcals and tequilas.
Our Functions at Alegre have been designed to offer you and your guests the best Experience. Immerse yourself in the Tulum vibe, intimate setting with a menu designed to offer your taste buds the ultimate tastes with our menu of the season. All the ingredients are fresh and carefully selected by our chefs. Enjoy an extraordinary dining experience.