King Street welcomed Salmon and Bear in 2016, and they’ve quickly settled into the neighbourhood.
Owner and co creator, Joe Ward, took some time out to sit down with the Newtown Precinct Business Association to talk about the ethos behind Salmon and Bear, the food he will be preparing on the day and what he loves about Newtown.
Tell us about Salmon and Bear
Salmon and Bear was born out of a passion for simple tasty food, good health and true hospitality. Inspired by adventure, we encompass all that is great and outdoorsy.
We’re taking it back to basics – delicious seafood cooked over charcoal in a Mibrasa charcoal oven alongside traditional fish shop favourites in an intimate log cabin setting – perfect for post adventure gatherings.
Our ultimate aim when opening Newtown was to be recognised as a neighbourhood gem where local people eat once or twice a week. Hopefully through our food, our bear hospitality and work in the community we can achieve that dream. Our slogan is ‘Be Adventurous, Eat Local’
What can people expect from Salmon and Bear at the Newtown Good Food Fair?
We’ll be selling 2017’s hottest dish, Poke, a Hawaiian style sushi salad in a bowl on a rice or noodle base.
Originating from Hawaii and ‘invented’ by fisherman – Poke literally means ‘section’. Enjoyed as a snack these sections (or cubes) of raw fish were typically seasoned off-cuts served with Asian-style ingredients like soy, rice & seaweed.
Designed by adventurer and culinary mastermind Mark Jensen – OUR poke is un-bear-lievably good. This is no BuildYourOwn poke bowl and we’d say his twist on the dish is swell worth a nibble.
What do you love about being part of the Newtown community?
Since we moved to Newtown we have felt a strong sense of community and as local restaurant we want to be part of that and help in any way we can. We have been heavily involved with initiatives with the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC) since day one. Our Kingfish Poke was first conceived as a dish on our menu when we first ran it as a monthly special, with $2 from every poke sold donated to NNC’s First Response program. Indeed, our very own Mark Jensen is joining Liz Dickson in the Newtopian Dream sleep out in August. We are currently donating all corkage fees from our BYO sales to this cause.
You can find Salmon and Bear at 226 King Street Newtown. We are open for dinner from Monday to Thursday, and lunch and dinner Friday to Sunday.