PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY
Hundreds of new restaurants will open in 2017. Most will be beige, rudderless ships, the dining equivalent of a Holden Cruze. There are, however, some openings on the drawing board that will make a lot of noise.
In Sydney, it will be fascinating to see if Chin Chin’s Melbourne brand translates when it launches in Surry Hills around August. The restaurant has been the phenomenon of the decade in its home town.
And from the same proprietor, Chris Lucas, an as-yet-unnamed three-level Japanese restaurant with chef Shaun Presland at the helm has some very innovative ideas behind it, destined to shift thinking at the high end of Melbourne eating. Around May. And in the unlikely location of Crown, Australia’s third Long Chim will open around February. If it’s as good as Perth …
Speaking of which, one of the city’s best operators, Paul Aron, will finally get his Quo Vadis Baby off the ground, at the Harry Seidler-designed QV1 tower on St Georges Terrace. Aron has some interesting restaurants behind him.
In Sydney, the relentless march of two restaurant company powerhouses will be the ones to watch. The Hemmes family’s Merivale group will open yet another Paddington restaurant in Oxford Street in 2017, a former retail site two doors down from Fred’s that will be a showcase for current The Paddington exec chef Ben Greeno. And Barangaroo’s biggest restaurant project, a three-level site leased by Matt Moran and the Solotel Group, will open later in the year. As if Moran doesn’t have enough to think about.
Spawn of the Neil Perry/UPG union, Sydney will get a Rosetta (based on the high-end Italian created by Perry at Crown) and Brisbane will get a Rockpool Bar & Grill. We believe.