Kings Cross and Potts Point have long been the nucleus for fun and food in Sydney. In recent years, the area has also seen an surge in fine and upmarket dining venues.
Now there’s another one to add to the list, with a refined Mexican-concept restaurant, Chula, setting up shop on Bayswater Road.
Chula is the product of Nicole Galloway and Peter Lew, the dream team behind Barrio Cellar and Fei Jai. Unlike their previous venues, Chula is all about capturing the flavours of Mexico that the duo was inspired by during their travels and from various collaborations with chefs, restaurants and producers.
Expect to see a seafood and vegetable-heavy menu, with Mexican staples such as tostadas, aguachile, ceviche and charcoal whole fish, fresh from local markets. As per its namesake, Chula translates to beautiful and hot and there’s no doubt that each dish will never be short on spice, flavour and all the colours of the rainbow.
When it comes to drinking, leave it to Reece Griffiths, founder of the Agave Cartel, to provide the good stuff. Agave spirits will be central to many of the cocktails, accompanied by fresh Mexican flavours and colours from seasonal fruits and the like. These delicious concoctions will be best enjoyed sitting in Chula’s inspired surroundings – painting a picture of days spent in the Mexican countryside. Think earthy tones and raw textures set off by quirky linen fabrics and bright colours, handmade tiled murals and succulents hanging from every possible surface. And, of course, a shrine to tequila, because it wouldn’t be the complete Mexican experience without it.
Chula takes over the site of Hugo’s, the Kings Cross bar and restaurant that closed its beloved doors in 2015. As just one of the restaurants, cafes and bars contributing to the renaissance of Kings Cross, we can’t wait to see what Nicole and Peter have in store for this next chapter in their hospitality journey.