Ring the bell and use your hands: Lively new Hopper Joint set to get Greville Street jumping again

webnexttech | Ring the bell and use your hands: Lively new Hopper Joint set to get Greville Street jumping again

Distilling family memories, holidays to Sri Lanka and their Melbourne sensibilities, they hope to bring an exciting addition to the city’s booming South Asian restaurant scene. At the walk-in-only Greville Street restaurant, opening March 22, guests will be greeted by Perera’s mother Sushila, directed to a hand-washing station and thrust into the sights and sounds of hoppers being cooked to order in the open kitchen. Illustrations by artist Edwina Thomson on the walls and the menu guide diners on how to eat the fermented rice pancakes the way it’s done in Sri Lanka: with your hands. “It’s ritualistic. It’s physical. It feels primal. It tastes better,” says Perera. “The instrument of the utensil is kind of an impersonal interruption to the joy of eating hoppers.”

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