Restaurant Reservations FAQ’s

What is the cuisine style?

Cambodian-style street food, which is designed to be shared. Think seafood and meat cooked over charcoal, or noodle and rice dishes tossed through the wok.

How long will the pop-up run for?

Kingdom of Rice will operate for a period of about 6 months. We’re here for a good time, not a long time!

What’s the story behind the collaboration with ACME?

We love teaming up with other talented people in the industry and seeing the creative sparks fly. This is Merivale’s second collaboration at the Tennyson Hotel, following the popular American-style Italian eatery, Dirty Italian Disco, with Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman.
This time we’re joining forces with the team behind the exciting inner-east restaurant ACME- Mitch Orr, Cam Fairbairn, Lillia McCabe and Sophia Thach, and serving up Cambodian-style street food that draws on the ACME team’s signature innovative approach.

We know Merivale have teamed up with ACME for this pop up but what and where is ACME?

ACME is an Asian-Italian restaurant in Rushcutters Bay, which is run by the prince of pasta Mitch Orr and front of house legend Cam Fairbairn.

What is Kingdom of Rice like?

Inspired by the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh markets, Kingdom of Rice is colour-charged and flavor-driven. Built inside an old drive-through bottle shop (and now a walk-in wine fridge), this driveway eatery is casual, fun and fast.

Is there private dining?

Unfortunately not, but the Merivale Sales & Events team would be happy to assist with your enquiry.
Corporate Enquiries – 02 9114 7353
Weddings – 02 9114 7352
Private Parties – 02 9114 7354

Is there a service charge?

For all group reservations of six or more guests, a discretionary 10% service charge will be added to the final bill as a gratuity for the staff.

Are children allowed? Do you have highchairs?

Under 18s are absolutely allowed if you are dining with us, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We do have some highchairs available, so please request these in advance to avoid disappointment.

Can I book for a large group?

Yes, up to 50 guests can be accommodated for a large group booking. However guests would be seated over a number of tables and are required to dine from a banquet menu.

Does the venue turn into a nightclub?

The venue is not a nightclub, but we do play loud funk music!

Do you have live music?


Is there a lockout?

No. The venue closes at midnight (10pm on Sundays), with the Tennyson Hotel next door continuing trade until 2AM most nights (10pm on Sundays).

Do you have a beer garden or any outdoor areas?

Kingdom of Rice does not have outdoor areas, however The Tennyson Hotel next door does.

What are the average wait times?

This varies depending on the day of the week. But guests are more than welcome to pull up a plastic stool and order a drink while they wait.

Do you offer takeaway?

Yes, but this will only be available for walk-in orders.

Is there a TAB, pokies or bottle shop?

There is a bottle shop inside Kingdom of Rice, which is only open during service hours. TAB and pokies are available next door at the Tennyson Hotel.

Do you have disabled access and are there bathroom facilities?

Yes, the venue is accessible without stairs and there is a disabled bathroom located within the Tennyson Hotel.

Are you able to cater for allergies and dietary requirements?

Our menu contains allergens and is prepared in a kitchen that handles nuts, shellfish and gluten. While all reasonable efforts are taken to accommodate guests’ dietary needs, we cannot guarantee that our food will be allergen free.

Do you offer halal?


Parties & Events FAQ’s

Can I book the venue exclusively?

Yes, please feel free to contact our exclusive sales team for a quote:

Corporate Enquiries – 02 9114 7353
Weddings – 02 9114 7352
Private Parties – 02 9114 7354