Sydney's most anticipated restaurant in 2017 finally has an opening date

Chin Chin Sydney. Photos: Tom Ferguson

Chin Chin Sydney, the highly anticipated first northern outpost from Melbourne restaurateur Chris Lucas finally has an opening date – next Monday’s public holiday, October 2.

Chin Chin in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, which opened six years ago, has been lauded as the most successful restaurant the city has ever seen, and was named Yelp’s top place to eat in Australia last year. Now Lucas is hoping to repeat that success in the century-old heritage-listed Griffiths Teas Building, which he’s brought back to life in Surry Hills, on the edge of the CBD.

The diner will have three sections – GoGo, a 100-seat bar booths, tunes and cracking cocktails, a 160-seat restaurant, with a charcoal pit and rotisserie, and the basement private events and dining space Chii Town, for up to 125 people. There’s also a chef’s table for 12-16 guests.

The restaurant will be open for dinner only during its opening week, then daily from 11am til late once it hits full speed.

Veteran host Craig Hemmings (ex Guillaume at Bennelong, BLACK Bar & Grill) leads the floor and the Asian menu has been designed by Chin Chin’s southern executive chef, Benjamin Cooper.

The menu is divided into small dishes, stirfries, rice & noodle, barbecue & rotisserie, curries, salads & vegetables and sides, ranging from Isaan duck larb to rotisserie pork belly with fennel plum pickle, beef short rib with shaved coconut salad, and barbecued cauliflower with curry spiced coconut cream.

Alongside the 130-strong wine list with a focus on NSW, there are five wines on tap by Brokenwood, Yabby Lake and Jim Barry.

Bartender of the year, Michael Chiem, has put together the cocktail list, and if you prefer your liquor straight, there are around 450 spirits behind the bar.

Manly’s 4 Pines brewery produced a chilli-flavoured American-style pale ale, Kellar Door Chin Chilli Lager, a clean, refreshing with spice and lingering heat from the late addition of chillies.

Lucas Group Founder and CEO Chris Lucas – who raced to open the site for one night last month for the Gourmet Traveller restaurant awards, says he loves the building and is pleased to finally open north of the Victorian border.

“It’s been a long time coming but I am genuinely so excited to launch Chin Chin in Sydney,” he said.

Chin Chin Sydney is at 69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.

Bookings are available Mon-Fri lunch for lunch, and for groups of 6 or more for weekend lunch and dinner.

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