Australia’s top restaurant, Orana, is popping up in Sydney

Eat, Sydney / 3 July 2019
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Australia’s top restaurant, Orana, is popping up in Sydney

Eat, Sydney / 3 July 2019

This is big news. Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana takes over former Longrain site for four weeks only.

Hold onto your hats, take a seat, we have some news for you. Adelaide’s Orana, one of the world’s top restaurants, is popping up in Sydney, which means you should be making a reservation, like yesterday.

Chef and owner of Restaurant Orana, Jock Zonfrillo, is taking over the former Longrain site in Surry Hills with the opening of Orana in Residence. You’ll want to get in quick though, with the pop-up running for four weeks only. Opening its doors from 16th August – 15th September, you can book in for lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Best known for his innovative use of locally sourced produce, Zonfrillo and his team plan on designing a bespoke Sydney menu incorporating produce from Indigenous communities across Australia. Impressively, you can expect over 50 indigenous ingredients on the menu, sourced from the land, coast and waters of Australia. In Zonfrillo’s words, “we’re talking seeds, fruits, nuts, trees, shoots, shellfish, honey, ants, seafood – all the flavours and textures that represent this beautiful country we live in.”

As for the fit out, we say farewell to Longrain’s dark and moody interior and hello to a design taking cues from the ancient sand dunes, sandstone outcrops, banksia trees and wetland plantings that now lie beneath contemporary Surry Hills.

Orana in Residence will also be donating 10% of profits to Zonfrillo’s not-for-profit, The Orana Foundation, which fosters the preservation of indigenous food culture.

Bookings will be made available from 9am on 9th July, and can be made for tables of two, four, six or eight. For groups larger there are also two private dining rooms that can accommodate 12 and 16 diners.

This is definitely a splurge-type dining experience, the food menu alone costing a cool $350pp.

For bookings at Orana in Residence from 9th July, click here.

Zonfrillo says “Bringing Orana to Sydney will help give Indigenous foods and culture more awareness and recognition, and shift the mindset around the acknowledgement of just how special the oldest surviving culture in the world is, which is right here on our doorstep.