Concealed behind a shiny single serve soda bar, entering through a faux 'cool room' door is one of Sydney's newest and coolest night spots; The Soda Factory. You may have briefly heard a lot about it, that is until they got so busy that stopped advertising (it’s a good problem to have). The relatively Spartan layout has is decorated refurbished furniture and the earthy colours mixed makes for a very warm but ‘chilled’ atmosphere. Why were we there? Well, every Wednesday The Soda Factory's theme of choice is 'Pulp Kitchen,' which features not only a special tribute menu to Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic (serving fast food based on food featured in the film) but also an eclectic selection of songs from Tarantino film soundtracks to eat along to. It’s an insanely giddy prospect to bite into a ‘Big Kahoona’ burger if only to get a chance to imitate Jules (Samuel l. Jackson) “MMMMMMM that is a tasty burger.” Or to stare at your date while tasting a five dollar shake WITH BOURBON! You’re not quite sitting in Jack Rabbit Slims with Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), and the waiters unfortunately don’t look like Steve Buscemi or Buddy Holly, but you can order a “Royale with Cheese” if only to say “ROYALLLLLLLLE wi cheeeese.” This is just the kind of interactivity that’s catnip for film geeks and there’s nothing on the ‘Pulp Kitchen’ menu that’s over $5.
Blake Howard is a writer, a podcaster, the editor-in-chief & co-founder of Australian film blog Graffiti With Punctuation. Beginning his criticism APPRENTICESHIP as co-host of That Movie Show 2UE, Blake is now a member of the prestigious Online Film Critic Society, sways the Tomato Meter with Rotten Tomatoes approved reviews. See his articulated words and shrieks (mostly) here at Graffitiwithpunctuation.com and with DarkHorizons.com & 2SER Sydney weekly on Gaggle of Geeks.