Russ & Daughters’ Aussie Cousin?

There’s been an upswing in Jewish food openings down under.

First we learned that Israeli chef Hila Solomon is bringing a version of Spoons, her popular Jerusalem restaurant, to Sydney. She’ll host Spoons pop-up lunches and dinners at the art-filled apartment she owns in Australia’s biggest city; cooking classes are also on tap.

And now this: Sydney is getting a Down-Under version of Russ & Daughters — or maybe it’s a fifth cousin twice removed. (In fact, it’s no relation.)

The owners of Sydney Italian hotspot Fratelli Fresh are tapping their roots to open a Jewish restaurant next month.

On the menu at Benjamin & Daughters: Matzo ball soup; latkes; gravlax; schnitzel and caviar blinis. And owner Karen McDonald plans Shabbos dinners of “roast chicken, vegetables or chopped salads with braided challah and something sweet like classic babka or cheesecake.”

The eatery’s name and recipes come from McDonald’s grandma, Millie Benjamin, reports The Broadsheet.

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