"Aussie restaurateurs Rupert Noffs (@rupertnoffs) and Matty Bennett (@chefmattybee) were the toast of New York City, so there was a bit of an adjustment when they recently swapped the Big Apple for the Central Coast. Serving everyone from Chris Rock to Salman Rushdie in New York.
Partners in life and business (The Village Voice even anointed them Best Restaurant Couple of the year in 2016), Noffs says they'd tired of big city living after seven years and chose the central coast because they love the area and its proximity to family.
Bennett, who spent six years at Longrain before heading stateside, worked in the kitchen at The Fat Radish NYC before opening The Lucky Bee.
The Aussie incarnation has a similar blend of Asian flavours, with Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese influencing its menu. Bao Buns are stuffed with twice-cooked pork hock, mapo tofu comes in cups of iceberg lettuce and fish of the day is coated with Sichuan pepper and salt then fried.
The duo believe they've hit an eating precinct on the rise.
If the curry on the menu is red, the dining room is the same shade of pink as the original Lucky Bee in NYC."
- Scott Bolles, 'The Sydney Morning Herald'
Wanna party? The Lucky Bee is available for Private Events, Weddings, Cocktail Parties and more...
We can book entertainment, design and manage your event from catering, seating assignments to RSVPs.
With over 30+ years experience-combined in Hospitality, Events & Design; Chef Matty & Rupert's skills are the bees knees. They have managed & catered events in both Australia and New York City for brands such as Zimmerman, Jason Wu, Ted Baker, ASOS and Barneys New York ...to name a few.
They have cooked for the likes of Rufus Wainright, Barbra Streisand, Diane Kruger, Olivia Wilde, Chris Rock, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Alan Cumming, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sir Salman Rushdie, Martha Stewart and LL Cool J.
The Lucky Bee has been featured on the cover of The New York Times Food, The New Yorker, VOGUE, WWD and both TimeOut New York & TimeOut Sydney.
The Lucky Bee was recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald 'Good Food Guide' for 2023.
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Since 2015, The Lucky Bee has been an unpretentious dining experience without regional boundaries.
Inspired by the streets of Asia using fresh, local Central Coast produce.
Our menu combines flavours of Thailand and Vietnam with Cantonese influences.
The Lucky Bee share-plate menu is designed to be enjoyed with rice: an experience of Sweet, Sour, Salty & Spicy - every dish perfectly balanced to compliment each other.
We are fully licensed with a beautiful selection of local & imported wines, cocktails, and craft beers. NO BYO.