Chin Chin Sydney
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW
02 9281 3322
One of Melbourne’s renowned institutions, Chin Chin, has taken a big leap north and set up shop in Sydney. With its modern Asian food, crafty cocktails, trendy designer fit-outs and finely tuned service, this place is probably one of the most quintessentially Melbourne restaurants around.
The Surry Hills version is set to take the Melbourne experience to an all-new level. With three exciting parts – the restaurant, a new edition of their famous GoGo bar and Chii Town, and an event space and private dining room which can provide for up to 125 diners – the new venue is set to offer a bespoke Chin Chin experience.
Sydney diners will be treated to their favourite Melbourne classics with the signature combination of heat, spice and exotic herbs being brought to life by Executive Chef, Graeme Hunt and Head Chef, Ben Torrens. Delicious temptations are made more exciting with the addition of a custom charcoal pit and rotisserie and include items like the Spicy Isaan Duck Larb with Ground Roast Rice and Lime, Twice-cooked Beef Short Rib with Shaved Coconut Salad and Prik Nahm Pla, and Rotisserie Pork Belly with Fennel Plum Pickle and Scud Chilli Death Sauce.
Continuing the Lucas Group philosophy that eating and drinking should be fun, the cocktail menu, created by bartender of the year Michael Chiem, will be experimenting with a few left of centre ingredients. Coriander, chipotle, watermelon jam and Herradura Blanco are married in the ‘Hey Zeus’, and Plantation 3 Stars Rum are combined with lime and green curry paste for the punchy ‘Green Curry Mary’. Alongside these dazzling cocktails is a wine list headed by Sydney’s first all-women wine team: Head Sommelier, Jacqueline Turner, Assistant Manager of Wine and Beverage, Lilly Polanco, and Sommelier, Lauren Norman. The women will be overseeing a 130-strong wine list as well as five wines on tap.
Housed in Surry Hills’ iconic Griffiths Tea building development, Chin Chin Sydney is the perfect unification of old and new styles. Maintaining the 100-year-old façade and windows, the designers have respected the heritage of the building but layered it with a cheeky, modern Chin Chin touch. Expect the iconic neon rabbit ears to pop up all over the place and modern marble, charcoal and steel finishes to create a moody vibe. Top this all off with the blonde wood bistro chairs with duck feather seat covers and you have one hell of a fit out.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I am genuinely excited to launch Chin Chin in Sydney, the Lucas Group founder, Chris Luca,s boasts. “In Sydney I have a talented team and can’t wait to share Chin Chin and the historic Griffiths Tea building with everyone,” he continues.
We couldn’t agree more. First Kisumé and now Chin Chin Sydney, 2017 has been an amazing year for The Lucas Group and the results are already speaking for themselves.