The Arsonist – an 80-seat casual fine dining venue on Manly’s esplanade – is the hottest new offering from The Consortium Queensland.
The Arsonist offers a breakfast, lunch, dinner and feasting menu, with a focus on “respecting honest, real food with provenance”. Group Executive Chef, Mathew Fulford, has harnessed his passion and artistry honed across 20 years’ experience in the industry, including some of Australia’s finest restaurants. His also counts among his inspirations the smells and flavours of open fire cooking that permeated his childhood in country Victoria. Mat has crafted simple yet elegant taste sensations to tease the palate, from the subtlety of gently-smoked butter, to its signature dry-aged Stockyard OP beef, to the robust intensity of suckling pig.
The Arsonist fuels a multi-sensory dining experience with its intimate and moody environment, sensually indulgent décor, and evocative sounds and aromas of cooking with fire. Despite a custom-made fire pit and a flame grill complete with impressive moveable gantry, there are no smoke and mirrors – or kitchen walls – here. Patrons may observe the talented chefs, led by Head Chef Kyle Bradley, igniting the best of local and seasonal produce.
“Gathering communities around fire goes back to the dawn of time. It’s instinctive,” said Mat. “We’ve designed an open kitchen so patrons can share the dynamic experience.” For those seeking to be nearest the action, The Arsonist has two exclusive Chef’s Tables available for up to 8 guests.
The speciality bar includes a nuanced wine list, signature smoky gin blended exclusively for The Arsonist, and a superior whisky portfolio. Individual lockable vaults offer discerning whisky connoisseurs and enthusiasts the option to store a bottle of their chosen tipple.