But you might want to jump on the waitlist soon! With 35 seats and a ‘no table turn’ policy, Izgara’s diary is already filling up.
While undeniably devastating for the hospitality industry, for a lucky few the pandemic provided the space and time needed for new ideas to take hold and blossom into fruition. Wondrous Entertainment (Above Par, Malika Bakehouse), are amongst Sydney’s newest hospitality groups to emerge from the pandemic and are all set to launch their most ambitious project yet. Izgara, Turkish for grill, is an all-new dining concept to land in Potts Point offering a slither of Istanbul we rarely see.
Over a year in the making, enduring numerous lockdowns, and with over $1 million invested in the fit-out, Izgara is the culmination of a long-held dream by owners Efe and Ozgur, bringing a truly rare dining experience to Sydney.
The Izgara grill takes centre stage in the middle of the restaurant drawing inspiration from the traditional ocakbasi restaurants of Istanbul, where the chefs cook in front of diners and serve to the tables directly. Drawing from his own experience in the family business, Co-owner and Group Executive Chef Efe Topuzlu has designed a menu incorporating authentic Turkish recipes and cooking techniques centred around Australia’s finest meat produce.
The meat-skewered menu showcases dishes like; Iskender – a kebab showcasing shaved lamb backstrap from the Izgara grill, pide bits, hung yoghurt and foamy butter; and Lokum – thin-sliced lamb loin on smoked eggplant with Tahini. Sustainably sourced, premium steaks herald from Jack’s Creek and Riverine Farms, and daily homemade produce such as Turkish bread, warm authentic starters, and even caviar will feature amongst the menu’s lighter bites.
The wine menu offers a rare opportunity to explore Turkish terroirs via the extensive wine list. For those that prefer their tipple with a little kick, the cocktail list features classic cocktails with a creative Turkish twist featuring native spirits and ingredients.
The elaborate design cues draw from 60’s Turkish cabaret theatres and art culture – elegant and timeless with dimmed lighting, and intimate booths, centred around a burgundy and dark oak palette. A vast custom theatre arch can be viewed from outside along with the chef’s table which comfortably sits front and centre for all to enjoy the theatre of the kitchen.
In a rare and welcome move from Izgara, seatings are limited to one per night meaning you can linger as long as you like without being rushed off your table! Bookings are available now via Izgara’s website.
Keep an eye out for their weekend brunch offering set to commence this July, and in 2023 a speakeasy bar and private dining area will open next door, further expanding the offering of this unique venue.
- WHERE: Izgara, 9-15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
- WHEN: Tuesday – Saturday 5.30 pm – Late
- MORE INFO: Here