Chin Chin Sydney to Open Soon
Melbourne’s famed Chin Chin Thai restaurant is set to open it’s Sydney version in just a few days.
After several years of planning, Chin Chin Sydney is set to open doors in Surry Hills at the end of September.
SydneyNews.Sydney can reveal staff are working hard for an opening in just a few days, with soft openings happening away from the general public already.
Chin Chin Sydney will officially open to the dining public by the first week of October 2017, with fans of the restaurant set to line up for hours to get in.
It’s going to rival Sydney’s best.
“We’ve got a rotisserie and a charcoal pit, an open kitchen so the chefs are in the dining room,” Chris Lucas, the owner of Chin Chin told Fairfax recently.
“There’s a big table they are picking herbs from, two giant mortar and pestles … they’re grinding and doing all their stuff right there.” I bet he can smell the Thai basil, too.”
56-year-old Lucas has been in the game for 22-years, and the Sydney Chin Chin is earning him a lot of local media attention.
Chin Chin Sydney is opening for business on the ground floor of the Griffiths Teas Building, 46-52 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, Sydney.
“I’m not doing it because I have ambitions to be a national restaurateur. It’s because I fell in love with this building,” Chris said.
Chris Lucas has built a mighty reputation with Chin Chin, regarded as Melbourne’s top restaurant, on Flinders Lane in Melbourne CBD.
However, it took some convincing of the City of Sydney and the building owners to to allow him to set up shop in Surry Hills.
“They don’t know Chin Chin from Bob’s hot-dog stand,” he said of the Sydney locals.
“I had to show them menus, take them to the building. They had to be convinced I wasn’t using it as a front for some kind of underworld bar.”
The Chin Chin Sydney restaurant is led by new head chef, Graeme Hunt.
Key staff from Melbourne have been secretly up in Sydney working on the launch of the new Chin Chin in Surry Hills, training staff and undertaking practice runs for people close to Chris Lucas, as well as some private functions.
The Chin Chin Sydney restaurant was first announced over 3-years-ago, in May 2014.
In 2015 it was announced Lucas had found a location, in the historic Griffiths Teas building.
It was reported back in 2015 that the site for Sydney’s Chin Chin was owned by Cornerstone Property Group – who bought the location off Isaac and Susan Wakil for $22 million.
The upper floors of the Griffiths Teas Building are being transformed into loft-style apartments.
We’ll update this post as soon as we have an actual public opening date… very soon..
What to expect?
Attentive service, simple yet delicious, warm Thai/South East Asian fusion meals and banquets with an Australian twist. The best wine around, mostly organic, amazing cocktails and a very cool, noisy atmosphere. Will be a smash hit. Expect long wait to get in, but totally worth it.
Chin Chin Melbourne Menu
More Chin Chin Sydney pictures on Instagram.