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July 30, 2015

Moon Park at Africola

Africola head chef Duncan Welgemoed is once again handing over control of his kitchen, this time for a collaboration with Ben Sears - chef and co-owner of Redfern's celebrated Moon Park restaurant.

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Next Monday (August 3), will see Adelaide’s premiere (and only?) South African brai restaurant turned into a slice of contemporary Korea as Moon Park chef Ben Sears moves in from Redfern to take over the kitchen.


Moon-Cola takes place on August 3 at Africola on East Terrace. Head here for more details and to the Africola website for bookings.

Duncan Welgemoed’s Africola has just been nominated for Gourmet Traveller’s New Restaurant of the Year, which is sure to solidify its reputation, but it is also gaining a reputation for attracting some of the nation’s best and most exciting chefs to Adelaide for collaboration events.

Ben Sears is the next in a long line of takeovers that have been orchestrated by Duncan and follows on from the likes of Town Mouse’s David Verheul and Franklin’s David Moyle.

At the event Ben will be recreating Moon Park’s signature contemporary Korean flavours for Adelaide punters.

“Using the best ingredients from Korea and Australia combined with techniques learnt in our collective experience here and abroad we tear apart and re-imagine what it means to be Korean restaurant in Australia,” says Ben.

Moon Park’s home menu features traditional dishes that have been reinvented, like the bibimbap, which takes the form of “a bowl of rice with raw scallop, crisp anchovy, walnut and roast bone marrow” and items that might be new to Adelaide eaters such as the Dotorimuk – an “aicorn jelly, charred eggplant cream, zucchini namul and cured yolk” dish.

Duncan is predicting that a similarly inventive approach will be taken with the menu in Adelaide.

“Moon Park’s food is off the hook,” he say. “It’s gonna be crazier than Kim Jong Un’s Haircut.”

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