Interview With Matt Richardson of Henry Lee’s

Matt Richardson Henry Lees Culture Scouts

As all well-seated art lovers know, embarking on the hunt for the visual spectacle that is art on the street can be hungry work. You can be enjoying the sight of a Vietnamese temple statue for so long you’ll find yourself weak at the knees for a crummy pack of dried wasabi peas you found at the corner store.

Luckily for our patrons embarking on Culture Scout’s Redfern tour, we don’t have to take on such desperate measures to get the duo art/food fix.

One of our featured food stops, Henry Lee’s, prides itself on its fresh seasoned produce: with delicious sounding menu items featuring such funky names as The Ripper, Henry’s Dream and The Proposition. Art lovers can relish Tasmanian smoked salmon, dukkah, pork belly, Green Tangerine sourdough and smoked Coca-Cola (very intriguing).

Furthermore, Henry Lee’s aims to support and collaborate in order to bring up fellow creatives in a Redfern that’s fast becoming populated by the imaginative. Think design spaces, gin distilleries and crockery fit for gods.

Whilst between tours, Culture Scouts sat down to have a quick chat with Henry Lee’s General Manager, Matt Richardson:

What's your favourite dish on the menu at Henry Lee's?
One of our top sellers and favourites on the Henry Lee’s Menu  - The Polly Jean. This delicious dish is full of colour, flavour and makes for that perfect Instagram shot for all you foodies. Starting with line-caught beetroot & Poor Tom’s gin cured salmon served with Green Tangerine Sourdough, poached egg and topped with Hazelnut Dukkah, beetroot puree, Fennel, apple, Radish & Labna this dish is sure to impress the socks of you.

Apart from Henry Lee's, what's Redfern's best kept secret?
The local community garden tucked away in Young Lane, Redfern. This little patch of heaven allows the community to get involved in lots of different ways. From planting and nurturing the vegetables to interacting with other locals and creating new friendships. This is what life is about we believe.

What's your favourite thing about working in Redfern?
The people along with the new creative vibe in the area, with lots of creative based businesses moving in and the community becoming bigger, friendlier and better each week!

Words: Kate Bettes
Photography: Kimberly Law