Who’s behind it? Cloudstreet is the signature restaurant of Sri Lanka-born and Australia-trained chef-owner Rishi Naleendra and his wife Manuela Toniolo. The couple also co-owns and operates Australian-inspired bistro Cheek (previously called Cheek by Jowl) and its youngest sister, Sri Lankan eatery Kotuwa, opened in December 2020.
What’s the style? Cloudstreet’s tasting menu draws on Naleendra’s professional coming-of-age years in Australia as well as his Sri Lankan heritage. His signature dish of Western Australian marron served in a thick pool of Sri Lankan yellow curry flecked with millets and topped with celery and fennel is exemplary of the restaurant’s culinary philosophy – contemporary with a nod to the chef’s motherland.
What’s in the name? Cloudstreet is named for Naleendra’s favourite book, an award-winning novel by Australian writer Tim Winton about two working class families living in Perth.
On the beverage list: Managed by sommelier Vinodhan Veloo, the drinks menu is structured like a magazine and boasts 400 labels of mostly old-world bottles, some minimum intervention wines and a clutch of stellar home-made non-alcoholic beverages – such as a sparkling yoghurt whey drink with fermented jackfruit and cardamom water.