A Stoner Gourmet Cafe
If Stoner Sloth was looking for dinner in Newtown, D’Munchies is where he’d end up.
David Pyne is the chef and co-owner of D’Munchies. He worked in kitchens around Sydney and in London for 11 years. “How the idea came about is pretty obvious. That’s a very strong statement, but that’s kind of what we mean. It’s for people who like it, and that’s what we’re here for.
A bold two-meter-tall marijuana mural dominates the D’ Munchies dining room. It’s by local illustrator Sindy Sinn, who has worked for Young Henrys, Mary’s and Mambo.
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The D’Munchies menu is pretty hilarious – it looks like it’s made up of as many weird and indulgent junk food mixes as they could imagine. It serves pretzel chopsticks; crispy ice cream infused with pretzels; dense burgers with prosciutto and creamy brie; and pepperoni-pizza hot dogs. The most indulgent dish is the fried ravioli nachos – a catwalk snack, if we ever saw one.
“It’s not just crazy stuff for fun,” Pyne says. “We found some crazy good combinations, but if they work in a restaurant, that’s another thing. You can have a Nutella sandwich with salt and vinegar fries, but does it work? Pyne expects plenty of take-out. There’s even a map on the D’Munchies’ wall showing diners the quickest route to Camperdown Park.
“It’s not up to us to tell you to smoke or not to smoke,” says Alessandro Licata, director at D’Munchies. “A lot of people come here and look at the mural we have…I think it’s a new thing that could be really good, and Newtown is the perfect area for that.” We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if the restaurant has anything more than the novelty factor.
“No one’s ever seen someone stoned,” Pyne laughs. “If you want to go out and smoke a joint, you should be able to.”
170 King Street, Newtown
12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Article updated on June 30, 2016.